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Job Search Guide: Strategies for Professionals


Looking for a job can be challenging and stimulating, but it can also be frustrating and stressful even during the best economic conditions. In times of economic downturn, this task can become even more difficult because there are more people competing to fill fewer jobs.

In order to have a competitive edge when looking for a job, you will need to have your job search skills at their best.

Whether you are involuntarily unemployed, changing jobs or looking for your first job, this Guide is designed to help you negotiate the many phases of the job search process.

Designed specifically for professionals, managers and executives, the Guide presents an overview of important aspects of the job search, including such topics as handling your job loss, managing personal resources, self-assessment, researching the job market, networking, resume preparation and interviewing. Also included is a detailed list of sources that contain additional information so that you can do more in-depth research on any of the topics you feel you want to explore further.

Chapters 1and Chapter 2 provide guidance in dealing with personal, family and financial issues that might come up during your job search. In Chapter 1, you and your family's emotional well-being are discussed. In Chapter 2, steps are presented that you can follow to keep on top of personal financial matters.

Chapter 3 helps you take one of the first important steps in your job search--self-assessment. In this chapter you can complete interactive exercises to assess your skills, interests and abilities and identify your achievements. This chapter directs you to resources where you can match your particular talents and interests to the world of work.

Another important part of your job search is identifying industries and specific jobs that you might be interested in pursuing. Chapter 4 identifies resources to use for targeting your job search toward specific markets. It provides suggestions on how to research the job market and how to find industries with the most opportunities. Chapter 5 helps you narrow your job search even further. It presents both formal and informal methods for collecting information on specific companies that might have the right job for you.

Chapters 6, 7 and 8 are designed to get you even closer to your goal of finding a job. Chapter 6 talks in detail about networking, one of the best methods for finding a job. Chapter 7 provides advice on writing resumes and cover letters, the documents that can really make an impression on employers. As most people know, almost all job screening includes some type of interview. Chapter 8 presents different types of interviews, ways to prepare for an interview and tips on how to conduct yourself during an interview.

In Chapter 9, assessment tools used by employers that you may encounter during your search are discussed. Brief descriptions of tests are provided, as well as advice on how to prepare for and take the actual tests. In general, this chapter provides you with information and advice to help you feel more comfortable in testing situations.

The last section of the Guide helps you summarize what you learned. It provides ways to double check that you have recognized all the important information the Guide has to offer. This section will help you ensure that you have planned and will conduct a well-thought-out, effective job search.


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