Proactively Manage Your Career - Despite layoffs, cutbacks, and downsizings, thousands of opportunities do exist. The important thing is that YOU control your career, and position yourself above the competition.
Take Total Control of Your Career - Start Now - Don't wait. If you are employed, you do not need to start an aggressive campaign. That said, you should have a current resume, keep abreast of company changes and industry trends, and NETWORK, NETWORK, and NETWORK so you are ready for any opportunity!
Don't Panic - Which is exactly what people do when the job market takes a tumble. Either they cling to their job no matter how horrible it may be - fearful of unemployment, or they frantically update their resume and apply for every job (whether or not it's a proper fit), call every recruiter earning a reputation as a nuisance, and generally making poor decisions and choices.
Stay Positive - Job searching can be exciting - and frustrating. Combined with anticipation is fear of the unknown. Believe in yourself and acknowledge that you are competent and capable, and can bring value to the right organization.
Be Flexible - Recessions bring with them an "employer-driven" market. Since job seekers have fewer choices, they need to be more flexible in their expectations. What you do need is a competitive resume and training.
Attitude is Everything - From the tone of your resume (first impression) to your attitude during the interview and on the job, you must exhibit the same dynamic attitude and SELL your value to an employer.
Network - There is no other activity more valuable to your job search success than networking. Job search success is all about whom you know and how well you manage those relationships.
Purpose - To get Interview #2! Impress the interviewer, sell your skills, competitively position yourself against other candidates, and get your name on the short list for Interview Purpose of Interview #1 - Is to get Interview #2! Impress the interviewer, sell your skills, competitively position yourself against other candidates, and get your name on the short list for Interview #2.
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