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III. Job-Search Maintenance

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[Finding the Job Part I: General Advice]
[Finding the Job Part II: Job-Search Strategies]
[Finding the Job Part IV: Company Research]

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Organization & Time Management

•  Setting and executing priorities
Before you can make decisions about the best use of your time, you must be clear about your goals. Good planning and a focus on your priorities will help you to feel in charge of your life.

Time management is critical to job hunting
You have to manage your time creatively to conduct a successful job search. Time management will give you greater control over your search and will boost the likelihood of finding the right job faster.

•  Motivation isn't about anything but yourself
If you are motivated by rewards, develop your own systems to encourage
job-search productivity.

•  Time management is key when job hunting online
Too much of a good thing? Career experts say the Internet, a boon for most job hunters, can hinder some candidates.

•  What can I do in the evening to speed up my job hunt?
Recharging your batteries is important to maintaining an effective search, but don't forget the beneficial things you can do in the evening.

•  Keep track of your job search efforts
Keeping complete records while you are looking for work helps you in several ways.

•  Full calendar secret to finding a job
Here are 81 productive ways to spend your time while job hunting. None alone will result in a job; but if you do many of them together, you will have fun, you will get yourself moving, and you will get a job, too.

•  Conducting a successful job search
Starting and maintaining momentum in a job search takes both initiative and persistence. Whether you are a full-time job seeker or you're trying to squeeze your campaign into the moments between work and the kids' softball games, you'll have to get organized to succeed.

•  Job Search Guide: Managing your personal resources
Whether you are unemployed, working or in school during your job search, your search will be more productive if it is well-planned.

•  Job search tracking
To reduce the frustration and anxiety of a job search, you must know where you’ve been. A tracking system will help you remember where you’re going by providing a road map of where you’ve been.

•  The best way to organize your job search
This file-folder system will make your job hunting life much easier.

•  Target your contacts to shorten job search
You can find new work four to six weeks faster by pinpointing your interview targets in advance.

•  How to speed up your job search
If you view these seven steps as an integrated job-search program, you may find yourself fielding offers sooner than you think.

•  Seven steps that can shorten your search
If you want to stay organized and productive, consider taking these steps.

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Attitude Management

•  Tips for managing feelings
How to protect your mental health during a job search.

•  Have an attitude
A successful job search is a matter of attitude. A positive attitude is the cause of a successful job search, not the result.

•  How's your attitude?
What is the first thing to do in starting a job search? Unquestionably, the answer is developing an enthusiastic, positive attitude.

•  Attitude counts during your job search
Searching for a job is tough, frustrating and time consuming. Weeks can drag into months if you don’t stay focused. However, the worst thing you can do is become discouraged.

•  Managing attitude in a job search
Long-term unemployment is often emotionally and financially destructive. But any period of unemployment can be debilitating if it isn't handled correctly.

•  A positive attitude can help you land the job you want
In your job search, what you focus on is what you get. You can take charge in a positive way and program what you want or abdicate to your automatic pilot. In the latter case, the outcome might not be what you want.

•  Positive outlook is key element of job search
Why, in a tight employment market, are you having so much trouble finding a job? Though it is easy to point to insensitive hiring officers as barriers to employment, there may also be another problem: you.

•  Maintaining a positive attitude during unemployment
Even for those very confident in their skills and marketability, the strains of a protracted job search can be difficult to cope with.

•  Persistence and patience: Key strategies for a successful job search
It is crucial that you be persistent and maintain a positive attitude for the duration of your job search.

•  Time and perseverence are key to a search
One of the toughest parts about job hunting is hanging on until you reach the
finish line.

•  Developing a little patience during the job search
As a job seeker, your patience is truly tested. Understand the job-search process takes time. Here are a few tips to help develop a little patience along the way.

•  Jump-start your job search
If you're tired and discouraged, it helps to take a break and relax. After that, you can concentrate on learning what you need to do at this point to land a new position.

•  Strategies to jump-start a stalled job-search campaign
If you are repeatedly running into rejection or indifference in the job marketplace, your task is to change the perception of yourself to potential employers so that you appear to be a good hiring bet, too. Here are some strategies to give you an edge.

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•  Light a spark under your job search
Many job hunters recognize at some point in their transitions that they aren't progressing satisfactorily toward their goal. If this describes you, congratulations.

•  2,000 percent solutions for job seekers
The way we go about finding a new position now actually hinders us, puts up road block and stalls our progress in finding the right match between the individual and the position. There are seven "stalls" that get in our way and give us an excuse for not succeeding.

•  Overcoming the agony of a lengthy job hunt
Job hunting can be frustrating and disappointing, but an especially long job search can undermine your confidence and shred your emotions.

•  Shorten your next job search
If you're employed now, here are ten ways you can shorten a future job search.

•  Beating stress
Failure to manage stress can lengthen your job search as it shortens your life. Here are ways to reduce stress and increase your ability to concentrate on finding the perfect job.

•  Managing the stress of looking for a job
How IT professionals (and other job seekers) can protect themselves from the emotional fallout of a volatile job market.

•  Dancing around stress
You can't avoid the angst of job seeking, but with some fancy footwork (and a few other strategies), you can reduce its debilitating impact.

•  Fear checklist for job hunting
If you're a job seeker, you may be anxious from time to time. It's important to talk about fear and find ways to deal with it.

•  Conquering fear in career transition
The top three fears we face constantly during transition include: fear of the unknown; fear of failure or fear of success; and  fear of rejection. Here are some tips on conquering that unwanted fear.

What to do if you dread job searching
Facilitating a career transition can be challenging, but here are some ways to make it more manageable and less awful.

•  Getting back on track in the job search
Many job seekers know when the job search stalls, self-doubt sets in, and they
become discouraged, accepting positions that pay less than what they previously earned. But there is hope for job seekers whose search gets off track.

•  Mental blocks can hurt your job search
A job search is difficult at best and becomes much more so if you allow self-erected barriers to get in your way. There are three psychological blocks to beware of in the search.

•  Overcoming job hunting blues
Tips for discouraged job seekers.

•  Keeping yourself going during a job hunt
You're barely hanging on. You used to be a winner, but now you're not so sure. How can you pull yourself out of this?

•  Dealing with depression
What to do if your job search drags on and on.

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•  The softer side of search: Depression
It’s important to be able to recognize depression in a job-search context. There many things depressed job seekers can do to help themselves.

•  Staying on track
How do you deal with discouragement in that in-between time, during those days and weeks of waiting and uncertainty, during that ambiguous span of time with no end point in view?

•  Self-esteem is key to your job search
If your self-esteem has been worn down by job hunting, don't despair. You
are about to start building a new, successful job-hunting image.

•  Set your pace
Job searching can be a long, slow, methodical process.

•  Dos and don'ts when what you're doing isn't working

•  Keeping up your spirits in a long job search
Why do unemployment and job-market uncertainties bother some candidates while having little effect on others?

•  Staying motivated in your job search
Sticking to the plan while staying flexible is the key to survival.

Seven ways to stay motivated in your job search
Directed toward those in sales but applicable to all job seekers.

•  Staying optimistic during the job hunt
Recognizing that the job search is a long-term project rather than a sprint can help buoy your spirits and keep you motivated.

•  Staying motivated in your job search
To find a great job while keeping your head above water, personally and financially, is no easy feat. The only way to do it is to stay motivated, and here are a few guidelines.

•  Stay motivated to keep job search on track
Personal motivation is the driving force behind any search for employment, and there are ways to enhance and strengthen it.

•  Don't let procrastination slow your job search
Career coach Marty Nemko made a list of all his unsuccessful clients and the main reason each of them failed. The most common reason: a tendency to

•  Advancing your career by overcoming procrastination
Procrastination, defined as “needlessly postponing or delaying,” can derail career advancement or implementation of a job search campaign in even the most talented of individuals.

Procrastination killing your job search?
For some people, procrastination is a major hurdle in their career success.

•  Avoid procrastination in your job search
Procrastination can derail a career change or job-search campaign for even
the most-talented professional.

•  101 excuses for not getting a job
A good start toward stagnation, procrastination, irresponsibility, and all-out failure.

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Handling Rejection

•  Rejection in the job search
Here are a few wise tips for dealing with rejection or refusals in your job search.

•  Handling rejection: Taking NO! for an answer
The first thing you have to understand is that while the rejection may be personal to you, it is usually just a business decision.

•  Rejected!
It always hurts to get turned down, but don't let rejection slow you down.

•  Rejection is easy when it's your ally
In a job search, rejection shouldn’t be an adversary, but an ally -- especially if you’re the one doing the rejecting.

•  When the offer does not come
There is no worse feeling in your job search than finding out you didn't get the job. But all is not lost! Before you start papering your walls with rejection letters, consider the following "resurrection" ideas.

•  Dealing with rejection in the job search
Fear of rejection shouldn't paralyze your job-search efforts. Allow the fear to fuel your determination; make it your ally and learn from it. Here are eight tips on how to do just that.

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