Tips for the Downsized Job Seeker

  1. Be Optimistic
    1. Losing your job can take a toll on you emotionally, but keep your self-esteem up.
    2. Meet with a career counselor before you begin the job hunt, so you can work through your emotions.
    3. Employers can tell if you are not optimistic about the job, and they don't want to hire someone who is going to be "Negative Nancy" - so be positive!
  2. Search for that Dream Job
    1. What is your ideal job? Now is the time to give it a try, so make the call!
    2. Work with a career counselor to figure out what your ideal job is if you are uncertain.
  3. Develop GREAT Application Materials
    1. Employers only take about 15 seconds to review your resume and cover letter, so make sure your skills and experiences are noticed.
    2. When developing your resume, remember that resumes shouldn't be longer than two pages and only include the last 10 years of experience.
    3. Every time you apply for a job, make sure that your resume and cover letter is directed towards your target company and the position you seek.
  4. Create a Networking List
    1. Networking is the #1 way to find a job no matter what the economy is like.
    2. Make a list of your relatives, neighbors, friends, and professionals that you know.
    3. Make these people are aware that you are looking for a job and what type of job you are seeking.
    4. After all, it's not necessarily about who you know, but who those people on your list know.
  5. Print Business Cards
    1. Create a business card that includes your name, contact information, and a few key words about your skills and what job you want.
    2. Business cards are small and easy to carry with you when you go to social and networking events.
  6. Spend 40 hours/week on Job Searching
    1. Wake up every morning as if you were going to work and work on job searching.
    2. Select a room in your home as an "office" and dedicate 7 to 8 hours working on finding a position.
    3. These hours can be used for sending out resumes and cover letters, creating a networking list, talking to people on your networking list, scheduling appointments with a career counselor, looking at websites with job postings, etc.
  7. Prepare for an Interview
    1. Schedule a mock interview with a career counselor.
    2. Make sure that your interview attire is professional and current.
    3. Look at yourself in the mirror in your interview attire and ask, "What first impression do I
  8. Never, Ever Give Up
    1. Typically it takes 3 to 6 months to find a job, sometimes longer in hard economic times.
    2. If you are focused on finding a job, have great application materials and have a positive attitude, your next job could just be a step away!


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