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II. 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
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blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Volunteering
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Hidden Job Market
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Job-Search Strategies -- Page A
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  General Advice
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Networking:
Advice, Online Networking Resources
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Internet
blue triangle NEW.gif (54 bytes)  Want Ads/Classifieds

[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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Temping: Advice

•  Temping your way to a career
Many companies today deliberately maintain their full-time employee staff at as low a level as possible, and rely heavily on temps to carry a major part of the required day-to-day workload.

•  Temp your way to a full-time job
Wish you had the opportunity to see what a company is really like before deciding to work there full time? You can, and earn money at the same time, by working as a temporary employee.

•  Successful professional temp offers some advice
Once you're working as a temp, you'll quickly learn a variety of rules that will make your experience more rewarding and keep you from provoking your new (albeit temporary) boss and colleagues.

•  An inside look at executive temping
Why is temping so popular? "Cradle-to-grave job security doesn't exist anymore, so it can be a very good employment source" for career changers, unemployed executives and anyone interested in a more flexible work schedule, says Bruce Steinberg with the National Association of Temporary and Staffing Services.

•  Learning the benefits of temping
Toss out your old ideas about what is or is not a good job. Redefine your notions about what ensures job security or defines employment. Take temporary staffing, for example.

•  Job search outside the box: Explore interim work
If you're unemployed in today's job market, you need every advantage you can get. Interim work (also called consulting, freelance, or temp depending on the profession or industry) can give you a leg up.

•  Professional temping: Happiness hopping from slot to slot
There's a boomlet of highly educated and experienced white-collar workers making a career out of temporary work.

•  Becoming a special-purpose temp is a wise move
High-skill occupations already make up one-fifth of America's "temporary" work force, which used to consist primarily of clerical workers and manual laborers.

•  The downsides of temping
Too many people expect too much from a temp job.

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Temping: Major Agencies/Staffing Services

•  Spherion
•  Robert Half
•  Manpower
•  Kelly Services
•  Randstad

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Employment Agencies: Advice

•  Employment agencies
Employment agencies can be an excellent job search resource. Agencies come in a variety of sizes and shapes and may be private or public.

•  Information on employment services
Employment agencies are a major part of the personnel placement field and should be considered as an aid when searching for a job.

•  A guide for working with employment agencies
Candidates may consider seeking the services of a commercial employment agency. There are an estimated 20,000 such firms in the United States, and distinguishing the type and quality of services they offer is no simple task.

•  Employment agencies: Working as your agent in the job-search
Employment agencies have a large abundance of potential career opportunities.
They work with a myriad of companies from large to small in all industries.

•  Employment agencies or services
If you do decide to use an employment agency or a state or federal employment service, follow these guidelines.

•  Staffing agencies may help you in your job search
Lots of job hunters want to know how to get a headhunter to find them a job. That's a problem. That's not the way headhunter business works.

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Executive Recruiters: Advice

•  Getting on the radar screen of a recruiter
There has never been a better time for smart, hard working candidates to find the career opportunity of a lifetime. By making yourself and your successes known, you’ll be on every recruiter’s radar screen.

•  Choosing the opportunity of your career
With so many clients vying for executive recruitment services and such a plethora of golden opportunities waiting to be filled, your personal advancement strategy is critical. To decipher which recruiters' calls to return and what messages go directly to the oval file, two tactics work for your success.

•  When the headhunter comes calling
These days, ignoring a headhunter's call could be a costly mistake. Recruiters
often have the inside track on some of the most coveted positions available.

•  What you should know about executive search firms
If you understand the way they operate, you will have realistic expectations and gain more control over the entire search process.

•  Seven facts about executive search firms

•  Find out the truth about corporate headhunters
As with many professions, the executive recruitment industry is plagued with misconceptions by the general populace.

•  13 tips on responding to executive recruiters

•  10 tips for dealing with recruiters

•  Working with an executive search consultant
Seven tips.

•  How to work with search firms in your job search
Eight rules of thumb.

•  Rules for working with recruiting firms
If you're a job seeker who's never worked with a recruiter, a few points of information may be helpful.

•  How do I find a good headhunter?
Ask his clients. No, not job hunters that he has placed, but executives who frequently hire the headhunter to fill significant positions in their companies.

•  Headhunting 2000
The field of executive search was long an exclusive club whose workings were shrouded. But the Net has opened this world up to far more job seekers -- and a host of new rivals. Here's a look at the changes and how you can profit from them to find your next job.

•  Exploring new job opportunities: When and how to work with a
You may be contacted by a recruiter who has a particular position in mind or you might seek out a recruiter to work on your behalf. Even if there is not a
match the first time around or if you're not looking to make a change at this time, it's wise to establish a solid professional relationship with a recruiter. (Note: Article is intended for engineers, but it applies to all professionals).

•  Recruiters, search consultants and headhunters
Recruiting or search agencies are not the same as employment agencies or career counselors or outplacement agencies.

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Executive Recruiters: Directories

•  Oya's Recruiter Directory
Several hundred recruiting firms, listed by specialty and location.

•  Recruiters Online Network: SMARTsearch Directory
Find the right employment search professional in this directory of over
10,000 recruiters, headhunters, executive search consultants and staffing firms.

•  search-consult.com: search directory
Searchable database of executive-search firms and consultants contains over 10,000 entries.

•  myjobsearch.com: Recruiters
Lists well over 1,500 recruiters, organized by specialty.

•  6FigureJobs.com: Executive Center
Search thousands of recruiters by location, job function, industry and other criteria.

•  CareerMagazine: Recruiters by Category
Hundreds of recruiting firms listed by state and specialty.

•  CareerCity: Employment Services
Search for employment agencies and executive search firms nationwide.

•  Boldface Jobs: Search for Employment Agencies, Executive
   Recruiters, Temporary Agencies
Search by specialty, location or name.

•  jobFACTORY: Directory of Recruiters and Employment Agencies
Several hundred employment services, sorted by specialty only.

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Career/Job Fairs: Advice

•  Should you attend a job fair?
If you think job fairs are only for entry-level candidates and don’t offer opportunities for executives, you’re wrong.

•  Job fair success
Outstanding overview of job fairs, with many useful tips.

•  The 10 keys to success at job and career fairs
By following these strategies, you will be in position to strategically place yourself above many of the other job-seekers who are attending the fair.

•  The job fair I: Taking home 1st prize requires planning, goals
Virtually everyone goes to a job fair with a mission. No matter what you're looking for, you can increase your chances for success in the job fair jungle.

•  The job fair II: Working the floor with flair
Too often, job seekers visit a job fair expecting the company's representatives to
do the matching work for them. That practice wastes the job seekers time, and
fails to impress prospective employers.

•  The job fair III: As it ends, the follow-up begins
Follow-up after a career fair is an often overlooked but important part of the
job-hunt process.

•  Guerilla tactics for job fairs
There is an "art" to getting a job through participation in job fairs. Here are a few tips that make the difference.

•  Don't be a drag at the job fair
Before attending job fairs, remember that it is up to you to maximize your presence and gain the prospective employer's attention.

•  Standing out at the job fair
A lot of job hunters have never attended a job fair and have no idea what goes
on at one, what to wear, what to expect or what to do when they get there. Here's a look at the basics.

•  Putting your best foot forward
If they want to stand out from the hundreds of others attending the fair, she says, job seekers need to do their homework.

•  Career fairs: Not an easy ride
It's easy to see the recruiters at a career fair as sitting ducks, patiently waiting to offer you the job of your dreams. But you couldn't be more wrong.

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Career/Job Fairs: Listings

•  JobWeb: College Career Fairs Database
•  CareerFairs.com
•  JWT Specialized Communications: Job Fair Search Page
•  Job Fair USA
•  Best Jobs USA: Career Fairs Nationwide
•  JobsAmerica
•  BrassRing.com

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•  Teaming boosts job hunter spirits
Career pursuit becomes 9-to-5 occupation for members of Forty Plus.

•  Job search by teams
One method to reduce the feeling of isolation when job seeking is to take the team approach.

•  No need to feel alone as you look for a job
To create a social job-search plan, start by building a schedule of tasks, then consider your group of friends.

•  Out of work? Join the club
Some career consultants contend that people in job clubs find better job leads and more quickly than those relying on headhunters. Here are some factors experts say you should consider when selecting a job-search club.

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•  One way to get a foot in the door
Volunteering: Consultants say the route has become a popular one with savvy
job-seekers -- especially in today's highly competitive employment market.

•  Volunteering: The hidden job seeking strategy
Get valuable experience, make contacts ... and help the community.

•  Give and take
Volunteering is networking. It's also energizing, creative, challenging and a great way to keep your interpersonal skills from atrophying while you're sending out resumes.

•  Enhancing your career through volunteering
An often-overlooked arena for practical work experience that can substantially increase your opportunities for employment or entrance into graduate school is volunteering.

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Hidden Job Market

•  Uncover hidden jobs
"Hidden jobs" are hidden only from people who have their heads stuck in the want ads and Internet job postings.

•  Hidden job market
The best jobs are never advertised. Find out why and what to do about it.

•  Find a position in the "hidden job market"
At thousands of companies across America, jobs are being created when people retire, leave for better jobs, relocate with their spouses, transfer or fall ill. These vacancies may go unadvertised for a period of time because hiring managers prefer to fill them without launching a full-scale search.

•  Using contacts to get into the hidden job market
As The Quick Job Search states, finding jobs in the "hidden" job market involves adhering to the most important job search rule: Don't wait until the job is open!
•  To uncover hidden job leads, take advantage of the grapevine
Excellent "hidden" opportunities occur all the time within organizations -- including your own -- but few candidates understand how to uncover them.

•  Hidden job market strategy
Many estimates place up to 80% of the total job market to be in the hidden job market. Moreover, many excellent career opportunities exist in this hidden job market.

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Job Hunting While Still Employed

•  Discreet job hunting
Be discreet if you're employed and looking for a new job. In fact, it's such a tricky situation that you should handle it as if you were kissing a porcupine: very carefully.

•  Strategies to help you job hunt on the sly
Consider these suggestions on how to search for a job while already employed. Many will boost your results by enlisting the assistance of others.

•  Job hunt, but subtly, while still employed
Most people have one eye on their job and another on the job marketplace so they are constantly networking. It has become so commonplace that most people are sensitive to the need for confidentiality. If you take a few extra steps, it will reduce the risks while maximizing your job hunting efforts.

•  How to do a job search while employed
How do you handle searching for a new position while fully occupied with your present one? Here are a few pointers.

•  Don't limit your search out of fear that your employer will find out
Don't let fear of jeopardizing your current position stop you from pursuing
good prospects, earning interviews and landing the job you want.

•  Finding references when you're job hunting on the sly
If you're like a lot of job hunters these days, you're trying to find a new job before quitting your current position. This means you can't provide your current boss or other managers at your company for a reference, or else they'll know you're looking around. What do you do?

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