What do eager vacationers and recession era job hunters have in common? The likelihood of hitting a few pot holes on their journey, for one. And with every rapid bump, job search enthusiasm might get knocked out of alignment.
You can regain control by:
Exploring New Frontiers. If you haven’t gone job hunting in the past two years, you’re probably on an unfamiliar road. Much has changed. Your old job might not exist. Do a realistic assessment of the job market and yourself.
Trying New Techniques. Returning jobseekers tend to reuse tried and true methods. But a recession changes things. Familiarize yourself with social media. Learn how to navigate online classifieds. Learn something new.
Realistically Evaluate. In my 37 years of employment counseling, I found two big job-seeking bumps in the road: Blaming the employer and blaming yourself. Either attitude will result in a distressed vehicle on the side of the job hunt road.
Bob Lankard, former program manager at the state Job Center in Indiana, Pa., offers common-sense advice to help all levels of job seekers satisfy their employment ambitions.
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