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3 Quick Things to Shake Up Your Job Search

Feeling stuck in your job search? Here are three quick things to do right now that will revitalize your search and get you back on track:

  1. Pick up the phone and call three network contacts. Ask them each out to coffee or lunch. Don’t debate long on which three. Just chose three people you haven’t connected with in some time, tell them you would like to reconnect to get an update and set up the meeting. Networking is like throwing a pebble in the water. A small pebble creates big ripples. In this case you’re throwing a handful of pebbles. See what happens.
  2. Ask a question or start a discussion in an online professional group. You could select recent news coverage related to your field and ask for reaction in a professional or industry group. You could approach an online group of people in your field and ask for insights into the current climate or a particular company. Put yourself out there and see what you learn, and whom you connect with. (If you’re not already in a variety of groups, your action item is to locate and join several.  They are a great way to meet new people and strengthen your network.)
  3. Sign up for a professional development class or event. Consider a seminar or online webinar, an upcoming talk, a training session, or a series of classes for adult learners.  This will give you something new to add to your resume and connect you with new people. You might also learn something!

Shake up your job search today with just a few quick actions that will get things moving again. Do them right now and generate results in the weeks ahead.

2 Comments

  1. Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Those are three good ways to overcome the inertia that can set in to a job search.

    One good thing to keep in mind with those interactions is to not have them be too me-oriented. Find out what’s happening in the world of other people and see how you can add value to them. Doing so showcases your talents and keeps you at the forefront of their minds as they see opportunities.

  2. Posted March 15, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Melissa! Really appreciate and agree with your suggestion to not be too me-oriented. Great point.

    Carrie

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