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Introduction | Losing Your Job | Coping with Feelings | Caring for Yourself and Your Family | Searching for a New Job | Landing Your New Job


Phase Four: Searching for a New Job

You're unemployed. You can either look for a new job or take some time off. The sooner you begin the quicker you will be reemployed.

Upon completion of this section:

  1. You will be able to prepare for the Job Hunt
  2. Identify the different Job Searching Methods
  3. Prepare for interviewing process

Job Hunt Is Your Job

Treat your job search as if it were a full-time job.

Below are descriptions of different job hunt activities.

Treat the hunt as if it were a paying job.

Have a Plan

Identifying goals and duties helps treat the hunt as you would a job.


Preparing for the Job Hunt

Obtain the tools you will need for the job hunt such as the following:

Update Your Résumé

Updating your résumé and gathering relevant information are important steps before contacting employers.

List your achievements.

Write statements about each achievement, using the CAR format for each:

Use action words to begin each brief achievement statement.

Gather Information


Job Search Methods

There are different ways to search for a job.   Use them all.

Connecting with People

Description: Also called networking, means learning about and/or obtaining jobs through other people.

Pro: Most effective strategy overall.

Con: Requires effort, energy and good social skills.

Where: Everywhere and everyone.

Prospecting

Description: Find jobs that are not advertised through unsolicited cover letters and résumés, etc.

Pros: Lets you find those "hidden" vacancies and less competition for positions.

Cons: Time-consuming and requires effort to do the research.

Where: Ask owners of local businesses; select a company you like and visit its website; attend job fairs.

Recruiting

Description: Get professional help from "head hunters", government employment agencies and not-for-profit organizations.

Pros: They don't usually charge you money.

Con: Headhunters focus on high-level workers. Most of the services have large caseloads.

Where: Local community college career center; Governor's Job Bank .

Ads/Job Listings

Description: Ads for job openings can refer to newspaper ads to electronic job bank listings to signs in windows to webpage notices.

Pros: Answering ads is easy. Takes little time.

Cons: Many jobs are not advertised. Competition can be fierce. Some ads are illegitimate.

Where: Publications & Online: Target jobs that are advertised repeatedly but never seem to get filled.


Job Hunting Online

Internet has sped up traditional job hunt processes.

Now is a good time to review these processes and find how the internet can help.


Preparing for the Interview

Before you go on an interview you must prepare.

Here are some appropriate sample questions you might ask during the interview.


Stories

During the interview tell short stories about work experience to make yourself memorable and believable.


Super Seven Questions

There are really just seven questions employers ask.   All other questions are different ways of asking these seven.

1. Are you trustworthy?

2. Can you do the job?

3. Will you really work at the job?

4. Will you fit in?

5. Will you leave soon?

6. Are you safe?

7. Can I afford you?


Research

Research is crucial before you go to an interview. Have facts about the job and employer:

Facts about the Job

What to Know:

Where to Get the Information:

Facts about the Employer

What to Know

Where to Get the Information


Completion of Searching for a New Job. Continue to the next section or any other section.

Introduction | Losing Your Job | Coping with Feelings | Caring for Yourself and Your Family | Searching for a New Job | Landing Your New Job

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