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Fantastic post Chandlee. Researching the organization is crucial, not just for the jobseeker candidate, but for the company too. Two people have to be happy with an employment arrangement. The employer needs to know the candidate wants to work there from what she has gleaned from her research, and the candidate needs to know whether there can be a good fit for her in that company. If the company does not gel with her politically or culturally, then it's best to know before she accepts a job offer. The name alone will not necessarily tell the candidate who they are owned by and what they do!
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Good solid advice Meg. You know I think anything we do, whatever it is, sooner or later "gets old" if we do it all the time. As much as I love pizza sooner or later if I served it up for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I'd tire of it very soon. (hard to believe, I know!). So the idea of taking stock, taking a break and re-energizing is a good one. Particularly for people feeling very down or if the job search has been a long one. Focus and single-minded determination is one thing, but without a break it has the potential to drag you down and take you over! Enjoyed your article.
Walter, great post. You're right; it's sure not our dad's job search! The key is not spending inordinate amounts of time in a dark room with a computer but engaging with people. It's all about communicating, networking, and thinking strategically. Listening is very important; those "coffees with old friends" aren't just "networking" sessions in a theoretical sense. They're opportunities to listen to what is being said. Hearing complaints about projects not working, poor leadership allows jobseekers to capitalize on what has been said. It's about being smart, adapting, listening and taking action. Job search needs to be listed as a full-time occupation due to the amount of time that needs to be devoted to it and the diversity of skills one needs to do it!
Excellent advice as always Rosa and a great reminder that while the "copy and paste" function is a time saver and a gift to busy people, it doesn't work too well if the same content is replicated in a range of different places. When someone, say "Joe the Recruiter" is googling a jobseeker, I guarantee he'll think he's really wasted his time if every link he clicks on, holds nothing new. The key is spending the time to make all parts of the jigsaw come together so that people can draw all those parts of an online identity together and see the whole person. Great advice!
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That was such a beautiful post Chandlee and how inspirational. Incidentally, I think you definitely made a difference that chilly December night, just as you continue to make a difference now through your commitment to jobseekers.
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Great article. Love the way you've built the expectation of a high quality gift. So true!
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The great thing about points one and three are that they are no cost. I think many jobseekers are concerned about the job search being so expensive; that they have to create expensive websites or buy expensive products. You have just shown no cost examples of how a jobseeker can promote himself/herself without any cost but to great advantage and to wide reaching audiences. (Love your gingerbread trail too!)
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Terrific Post Rosa with good solid info! Great job!
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Terrific post Chandlee. Creating a perfect balance between using the traditional with an edge of innovation! Very informative.
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