Despite many changes in how to conduct a career search over the past several years, some things remain the same. One is the importance of references. Employers almost always check them. They want to know about your work ethic, what you are like to work with, and how you performed in past positions.
Fortunately, many barriers to an effective job search aren’t external – they stem more from the way you approach job-search tasks. That means those barriers can be overcome with will and a plan.
Here are four common barriers to an effective search, and how to leap over them.
Why does this matter in a job search? Because jobs go best when you are exercising your natural strengths. If you love being around people and talking, you are not likely to be ultimately happy as a computer specialist who works with machines all day, no matter how many computer skills you have.
Rising employment often lifts all boats. When more people are working, the economy gets stronger. A stronger economy can lead to more manufacturing and more sales. More manufacturing and more sales lead to more employment, which leads to more people buying. And that happy cycle goes on.
You’ve received a phone call from a hiring manager offering you a job you want. The interview went well; they liked you and you liked them. It’s an exciting opportunity to expand your skills. Plus, it looks as if your career search is over at last!
If you’re thinking of getting a second job, you’re not alone. More than one-third of Americans currently hold a second job in addition to their regular work.
People get second jobs for a number of reasons.
Are you trying to get your foot in the door in your first or second position? It can be tough. Having to get hired if you have little or no experience is a situation everybody faces in life.
If you are looking through job postings because you’ve lost your job, you should know about unemployment benefits. If you’re eligible, you could get weekly checks that can be a lifeline for you and your family until a paycheck starts coming in again.
Help! So much job search advice out there focuses on marketing yourself, networking, selling your great qualifications to prospective employers. What if all that just sends you into high anxiety? You may hate the thought of a new job or interviews simply because you have to talk to new people. The same goes for attending a job fair to network, or selling your qualifications.
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