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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 04:38 PM   #11491
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I do lots of job-hunting... I keep changing careers. And now I freelance. After one layoff, I also had the benefit of some professional advice.

Grab ahold of "What colour is your parachute" Lots of very good job hunting advice in there.

Referrals are by far your best source of job leads. A lot of people try to do this by asking people if they know of any job openings.... this doesn't work well, since many people are not comfortable asking people they barely know for a job, and most people will toss you at HR. Instead, ask for advice.

Let people know you are looking, and what you are looking for, why you are uniquely qualified for that and ask them for advice on getting that. You will get some good advice, some leads and possibly some introductions. It never hurts to ask if they know of anyone else you could talk to for some advice. Always thank people for their time with a note or an email afterwards--it's a good opportunity to remind them of anything they offered to do for you, and mention anything you forgot to say.

Resumes: focus is important. If you're applying to many types of jobs, don't create on generic resume and cover letter. Create multiple ones targeted at each job type. Tailor when you can. Hiring managers typically give your resume a 10 second glance, and then IF they are interested, will read your covering letter.

Your work experience is not a job description. It's a sales brochure that describes why what you did elsewhere will make you a success at this company. Why, out of everyone else who is a quick learner, flexible, has good communication skills, relevant experiences, well-educated, everything else that everyone else sats, etc., are you uniquely qualified for this job? How did you add value in your previous jobs--be specific and use numbers where possible.

What was the situation, what were the actions you took, and what where the results--that's tricky to summarize into bullet points, but start with the big information and cut down to a short point.

I have more... but I think this is a good starting point for you.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 04:51 PM   #11492
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Sonal, remind me to ask you for advice if I ever change professions. This seems like excellent advice.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 05:03 PM   #11493
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Will do, Dr. G., but I have a strong hunch that you are quite happy in your current profession.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 05:34 PM   #11494
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My job hunting experience is very limited, but I told my sons when they were job hunting to always re-visit anyone who turned them down and ask how they could better prepare to get the job the next time. Both boys ended up getting called back by companies where they did this and got hired. Whoever was hired in the first place didn't work out and the manager remembered the iniative.

I've got some green tea made and some nice fudge chocolate cake if anyone wants some -

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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 05:38 PM   #11495
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That's a really good tip, Margaret. Even when it doesn't work out, it's a good way to learn how to improve.

Thank you for the tea and cake.
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A lot of finding a job is about good timing. it is very difficult and rare for a person to sift through 100 resumes on their desk and be able to differentiate between candidates. Keep showing your face at places that you are interested in. One day they will end up saying "Good thing you walked in today, we have a project and we think you are suited for it, when can you start."
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 07:27 PM   #11497
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I'm probably done for the night, or at least done on line. So, good night, all.

As to the job question, having just been hired, I can say that the most important thing for me personally was perserverance. Using your cover letter to demonstrate explicit knowledge of the company helps, too, although that takes a lot of time.
Sorry, the church is a rather different place, most of my knowledge isn't going to help you much.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2005, 08:05 PM   #11498
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Sonal, amazingly so, but I have only been without some form of income from work for 5 1/2 months since my 16th birthday. Since 1973, I have only had three jobs.......but never a day of unemployment. Still, I am 9 years from retirement, so the end is in sight....unless the Supreme Court of Canada changes its ruling an says that university profs do not have to be forced out at the age of 65. We shall see.
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Dr.G., that is quite amazing.

Since I finished F/T university in 2001, I have had 2 full time jobs, 1 onsite contract, 2 small businesses, and one part-time contract--the later 3 are what what I do right now.

I'm indecisive, so I do a bit of everything.
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Sonal, since I was 16, I have had numerous part time jobs while I was in high school, college, university, and since I graduated university to become a teacher, I have had three different public school teaching assignments, a three year graduate teaching assistantship at the Univ. of Georgia while I was working on my Ph.D., and I have been teaching at MUN since the Fall Semester, 1977. Since today is the last day of the Fall Semester, 2005, I have taught 305 undergrad and grad courses to just over 7200 students. I don't think I could keep up this pace, but it would be interesting to try and teach 10,000 students. Quebec is the only province, and The Yukon is the only Territory from which I have not had a student take one of my web courses, so I am almost a pan-Canadian teleprof.
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