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Indicated below are some very interesting articles that can assist you in you job hunt.
Things are going well at work. You have created your niche and are proud of your accomplishments. Yet now the comfort of the familiar has turned to boredom and you say to yourself, " Been there. Done that."
You have just entered the JOB SEARCH ZONE. This is where it begins ---the journey from the familiar to the exciting world of change.
To survive in the ZONE you will need protective gear. You will need to be prepared to describe who you are, what you have accomplished, and what separates you from the crowd. Develop a strategic plan and get ready for action: Organize your thoughts by creating lists:
Once you have reviewed and analyzed your past its time to think about your future: What are your immediate goals? Where do you hope to be in 3-5 years? What about your 5-10 year plan? Employers seeking support and administrative employees are generally most interested in your immediate goals. If you are on a middle or upper management level be prepared to discuss your long-term goals.
Everything you have just done will help you prepare a resume and express yourself with confidence at an interview. You are now prepared to enter the JOB SEARCH ZONE. Proceed with enthusiasm. Change is enriching and exciting!
Linda Scharf, CPC, is President of Judlind Employment Services, Inc. in Stamford, CT. Judlind specializes in permanent, temporary and tempto-hire staffing for office support, administration, accounting and finance.
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Networking is a 24-hour process. It is a lifestyle that enhances business and personal relationshipsa support system that will help you when you need a new job, advise on climbing the corporate ladder, a safety net when you dare to "go it alone," a resource when you need a doctor, personal trainer or child care provider.
Every person you meet has the potential of adding value to your network. Soput yourself where the people are: community center, business organizations, religious and community volunteer organizations, adult education and college classes, health clubs, bookstores, special interest groups. Join groups you enjoy. Get involved. Participate on a committee. Attend all the monthly meetings. Take a series of classes. The key is to be involved with a group on an ongoing basis so that you can get to know people.
Once you target a group attend the next scheduled meeting. Be pro-active and engage people in friendly small talk. Approach people who are by themselves rather than trying to inch your way into a group.
Introduce yourself and start with pleasant open-ended conversation: "What made you decide to come tonight?" "What do you know about the speaker?" "Are you a member or a guest tonight?" Draw the person out and build it into a conversation. Presto! Youre crafting your net!
Get organized and create a "network file". Keep notes on each persons phone number, address, and areas of interest and professional expertise.
Networking nets need constant care. Nurture the relationship by keeping in touch. Send a note or article of interest; pick up the phone and call. Be sure to connect with that person at the next meeting, class or event. Be available when they need help so that they will be available for you when you need help.
Remember that networking is a continual process. You need to be willing to be pro-active and push yourself to meet new people and engage them in conversation. Networking is a challenge that enhances your life.
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Linda Scharf, CPC, is President of Judlind Employment Services, Inc., in Stamford. Judlind specializes in permanent, temporary and temp-to-hire staffing for office support administration, accounting and finance.
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