Tips for a successful job search in a tough market

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There’s no doubt about it; the 2009 job market will be tough. There’s increased competition and, in many industries, fewer openings. Here are a few tips on how you can maximize your job search resources and land the job you want.

 

  1. Start by searching the job boards. Search the traditional job boards such as CareerBuilder and Monster, but don’t stop there. Be sure to check out industry specific job boards. For example, if you are looking for a senior administrative assistant position, seek out job boards that specialize in administrative and clerical job postings such as IAAP. Don’t forget to also explore your regional job boards and local classifieds.

  2. Do your social networking. These days, it seems just about everyone belongs to one of the social networking sites. If you have not already done so, be sure to get yourself a presence on LinkedIn or Facebook, or both. These sites are a great way to connect with old high-school buddies, as well as make some great contacts that can assist with your job search. Be sure to keep your site professional – you never know where your next opportunity may crop up. For more tips on how to best use the web for your job search, check out our white paper Job Hunting in the Digital Age.

  3. Consider temp work. In tough times, temporary employment is a great way to make money and contacts. In addition, it helps you stay active in the marketplace, sharpen existing skills and develop new ones. What starts out as a part-time job could turn into a full-time opportunity.

  4. Attend professional networking events. This is a great way to make new contacts in a non-threatening environment. In addition, don’t discount sport and social clubs – the more people you know, the more professional contacts you can make. By joining professional associations, you show future employers your commitment to your professional development.

  5. Develop versatile skills. Be sure that your skills are transferable from one industry to another. In these tough times, you may need to broaden your search criteria.

Most important, remain positive and be proactive – your next opportunity could be just around the corner!


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