101 Great Answers to the Toughest Job Search Problems by Ollie Stevenson

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Are there really no jobs to be found in your field? Not likely. You're probably just not hearing about them. So you need to take steps to widen your networking net. First, broaden your network. Make contacts with other professionals in your field through past work relationships (talk to vendors and clients as well as associates). Also talk with friends and relatives. Word-of-mouth is how most positions are filled, before the job opening is ever advertised. That's why it's important that you have as many contacts as possible to hear about the jobs in your field, before others do.

Developing a winning resume that will be an effective advertising tool focusing only on the positive attributes you bring to the job. 5. Having a positive, productive interview by setting it up before going in. 6. Getting the right salary every time. 7. Maximizing your progress within your present company. 8. Deciding if you are ready to be a contractor or start your own business. Since this book focuses on the roadblocks encountered in a comprehensive career development process, only a few resumes and letters are provided as points of reference, so if more examples are desired, I recommend the books suggested in Chapter 21.

4. It is not mandatory to use your former supervisor as a reference. Most companies have a rule that supervisors are not to give references so to not use yours would not be considered negative. But it's possible that someone  < previous page page_153 next page > If you like this book, buy it!  < previous page page_154 next page > Page 154 might speak with your former supervisor through a networking contact. If that happens, you want the supervisor's report to at least be supportive. Talk with former employers, again accepting responsibility for any poor performance reviews, and ask if you can come to an agreement about the reference they would give for you, especially if you were fired.

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