Sunday, June 1, 2014

3 Ways to Become a Self-Sufficient Job Hunter

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog 
Learn How to Fish for a Job [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Learn how to fish for a job and
become a self-sufficient job seeker.
Is your job search tackle box a mess like this one?
You've heard the adage: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Well, the same point holds true for job searching. If you learn how to job hunt effectively, you can confidently do it both now and again when the need arises.

I suggest the following tips to get you started toward self-sufficiency in job hunting:

  • Be proactive in your employment search. Don't sit around waiting for employers to call. Target the jobs you want and try to make personal contact with organizations, either through networking or by approaching employers directly. Although this step is difficult for shy and introverted job seekers, it is also the most important and most effective action you can take in your job hunt. You will sidestep or at least minimize the online job search process, which usually feels like falling into a black hole.
  • Get and stay motivated. A poor attitude and a lazy job search will get you nowhere. Neither will blaming others, complaining, procrastinating, sleeping all day, being disorganized, wasting time online, or rushing through job applications.
  • Know your top skills and traits and how they can help employers. By understanding what you can offer employers and communicating it to them, you are more likely to get hired. You need to stand out among other applicants, and effectively marketing your skills and your value is the best way to do so.
So spend time learning how to job hunt. You will catch your next job—and future jobs—more easily. In addition to the tips above, read job search books, follow blogs like this one, and sign up for free job search workshops at your local American Job Center. American Job Centers are run by Uncle Sam and offer a wide range of career and job-hunting help at no charge.

What actions have worked best for you in the job search? Please share!

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