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II. Job-Search Strategies -- Page A

blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  General Advice
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Networking:
Advice, Online Networking Resources
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Job-Search Strategies -- Page B
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Temping:
Advice, Major Agencies/Staffing Services
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Employment Agencies: Advice

blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Executive Recruiters: Advice, Directories
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Career/Job Fairs:
Advice, Listings
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Teaming
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blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Hidden Job Market
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[Finding the Job Part I: General Advice]
[Finding the Job Part III: Job-Search Maintenance]
[Finding the Job Part IV: Company Research]

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General Advice

•  The 14 ways to look for a job
Most job-hunters think there are basically only three ways to go about their job hunt: resumes, ads, and agencies. According to Richard Bolles, there are fourteen. (NCS: Bolles' effectiveness rating for Internet job hunting was accurate a few years ago, but the 1% figure mentioned here is far off the mark in 2001).

•  How to unlock your job search
To conduct effective campaigns, job seekers need to keep their options open and consider a variety of strategies -- even if they’re skeptical about their effectiveness.

•  24 ways to develop job leads
The more search strategies you put into play, the greater your chances for success. Here are 24 world-class tactics for developing job leads.

•  How not to find a job: Job search "non-strategies"
In any struggle the difference between success and failure is in the strength of the action plan and the implementation of that plan.

•  How to contact companies directly
Target mailings can complement your networking efforts.

•  Aggressive job-hunting strategies
A take-charge attitude may lead you to your next job.

•  What's your job-hunting style?
To determine the job-search style that suits you best, complete this exercise.
Then read on to identify strategies based on your results that will help you
search most successfully.

•  Job finding strategy
Most job-finding programs should consist of more than one strategy. It is wise to cover your bases rather than putting all your eggs in one basket by focusing on a single major strategy.

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Networking: Advice

•  Savvy job hunters learn to network nicely
Networking is still the most effective job-search and self-marketing tool, but when done ineptly, it’s also the most obnoxious.

•  The magic of networking
Networking is the single best way to find a job. Yet, many job hunters have an easier time calling complete strangers than calling a friend, acquaintance, former co-worker, or colleague for help. Why is that?

•  Job search networking
It is undisputed that networking has emerged as the primary method through which individuals get and change jobs when leaving one company for another. Most experts agree that the growing importance of networking as a job search tool will continue.

•  Networking dos and don'ts
Twenty tips.

•  How to hit home runs with networking contacts
To reach contacts and secure referrals, you must step into the batter's box. You may strike out at first, but eventually you'll hit a home run that leads to the job you want.

•  Skip Haley's networking tips for introverts
This is a networking how-to for anyone -- but especially for those who are shy,
introverted, or just plain intimidated by the sales process involved in a career transition.

•  What to do when your networking is not working
Networking correctly takes time, a sincere desire for information and building life-long relationships, and preparation.

•  The secrets of effective networking
Your next job will probably come either from your friends or from their friends,
so networking -- building personal relationships -- is vitally important.

•  Becoming a natural networker
Building a network of business and social contacts should be a first priority for executives, since these advisers can help sort out professional issues, provide
information on job opportunities and help ensure continuous employment.

•  Effective networking involves contacting everyone you know
Effective networking requires more than shaking a few hands. For starters, you need to develop a 60-second commercial that explains your skills, experience and goals.

•  How to be a network star
When you think career, think contacts. The goal is finding people who can steer you industries with potential, companies with openings, and decisionmakers who do the hiring.

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•  Networking as a job-search tool
It's all about whom you know. That wisdom may offer little comfort for job seekers, but career consultants are blunt about it. It's true, they warn: the majority of good jobs are unadvertised.

•  Networking without cold calls
Some people say that networking isn’t for them because they don’t want to make calls to employers or they say that it is just about "who you know" and they don’t know anyone.

•  Why network?
Most organizations look first at people they know and people who come recommended by people they know when it comes time to hire someone. And that's why you need to learn to network.

•  Zap that fear of networking!
Networking is a lot like going swimming in an ice-cold pool. Many would prefer to dip their toes in, and wade around a bit before going further. The really successful job seekers, however, have somehow crossed this discomfort zone and are seeing the results of their efforts.

•  Advice for reluctant networkers
For most people, networking is a learned behavior, like learning to swim. It's a gradual and often painful -- even scary -- process of trial and error, small incremental steps and, finally, a few breakthroughs. Fortunately, there are several tried-and-true techniques for overcoming this fear of trying.

•  Telephone networking
Using the telephone and clearly presenting your skills makes it possible to get interviews, instructions, and information more quickly, and/or more contact names with which to network.

•  Networking -- getting started
There is no time like the present to start identifying networking contacts.

•  Should you join a job network?
Review operations, costs, benefits and drawbacks before paying up.

•  Networking meetings
Exec-U-Net's meetings are open to members and non-members. Find out if one is on the calendar near you.

•  Networking on the Network
Detailed guide to electronic networking.

•  Get networked!
Sources for networking contacts and electronic networking.

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Networking: Online Resources

•  Vault.com: Member Network
Connect with other Vault members to get the inside scoop on their jobs, companies, industries, and schools. Search for fellow professionals and job seekers by industry, alumni affiliation, or location. Then contact them through a blind e-mail system.

•  America's Employers: Career Chat

•  WashingtonPost.com: Career Talk

•  ivillage.com: Working Diva Message Boards

•  Vault.com: Electronic Watercooler

•  Monster.com: Communicate!

•  GO Network: Careers: Job Hunting Chat Room

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•  From click to corner office
The Net is the most powerful job-search and negotiation tool -- ever. One of seven articles in this special report.

•  Successful online job searching
There are hundreds of online job databases ranging from major national sites
to regional resources. Both types of job boards should be included in your job search.

•  Searching for a Job on the Web
Using the Web in your job search requires lots of heavy lifting. This five-step series of articles will show you the ropes and help you land the perfect job.

•  Strategies for finding employment on the Internet
With the huge growth of employment-related Web sites on the Internet, a job seeker cannot afford to overlook searching for a job electronically. Successfully navigating this new frontier, however, requires new skills and strategies.

•  The Internet and the Web: Promises and pitfalls for job hunters
Opportunities and risks provided by the Internet for job hunters, including what to do and what not to do on the Internet with, for example, your resume.

•  Virtual job hunt
Say good-bye to cover letters, envelopes and stamps. Online job hunting and recruiting is becoming standard.

•  If you're fishing for a job, use the Net!
On the Internet there are lots of teeming ponds to go job-fishing in, and many resources and methods to use.

•  Job-netting: Are you the fish or the fisherman?
Article explores how the Internet can exacerbate some of the failings of the traditional employment system, then suggests some ways you might use this powerful new information technology to your advantage.

•  Dos and don'ts to improve your online job search
This article answers some common questions about seeking a job online.

•  Guidelines for using e-mail in your job search
E-mail, like other written correspondence, doesn't reveal your tone of voice in communication. Choose your words carefully.

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Want Ads/Classifieds

•  How to respond to a blind ad
If you recognize a company that has placed a blind ad, should you send your resume to the blind ad or directly to the hiring manager?

•  How to reply to a newspaper ad

•  Answering blind ads
What to do when all you have to go on is a post office box address.

•  Answering an ad to a newspaper box
How to respond to an ad that only gives a newspaper box address.

•  How do you answer a want ad?
Reduce the amount of froth in your response to want ads and you’ll learn the real way to get a head in your job search.

•  Many job clues are in the news
When it comes to the classified ad sections, most contain more job information than you think.

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