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SPEEDING UP YOUR JOB SEARCH

The average job search takes at least four months depending on many factors including the type and level of job you are seeking.  It is difficult to stay motivated during a job search, and it always takes longer than you think to find that new position. Robin Raybuck, President of Robin Raybuck & Associates, a local outplacement/career management firm, offers these pointers for speeding up your job search:

        Change your job search tactics.  Don’t keep sending out letters to strangers and responding to ads if it isn’t working.  Read Richard Bolles’ proverbial book, What Color is Your Parachute? Learn how to network effectively along with your other search techniques.

        Meet with everyone you know.  The more contacts you make and the more face-to-face meetings you have, the quicker you will land a job.  It is a numbers game.

        Persistence is the name of the game.  What is your plan to follow up with the employers you have contacted and the places you have interviewed?  You should have a solid follow up plan every week.

        Apply as many places as possible.  Broaden your prospects and be open to new ways your skills can transfer. Many kinds of jobs involve using the same skill sets.

        Attend a job search support group.  Several churches and government organizations offer job search support groups with featured job search topics. Network and gain support (and job leads) from other job seekers.

Raybuck emphasizes that you should never abandon hope and keep at it!

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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