Friday, February 7, 2014

Freshen up your search

Our job gurus Dale Dauten and JT O'Donnell were talking with a reader who said his in-laws thought he was not serious about looking for work.

This is a common problem.

They pointed out that the average search is 10 months. Every day you don't find a job, can be considered a failure--if you look at it wrong.

Dauten said to gauge not by how many resumes you send, but by how many callbacks or interviews you get. With hundreds vying for each job, an interview is a milestone.

If someone asks how it's going--don't be defensive, O'Donnell says--say, "Glad you asked--do you know of anyone I can call?"

Look into getting a career coach. How about a job buddy--you can "bookend." If you are going to call two people that day, tell your buddy and when you have called, also tell your buddy you did it--the other bookend. Of course, your buddy will do the same.

When is the last time you went to the career section of the library? Try something new.

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