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8 questions to consider
when job hunting

  1. Have you reached out to your 50 closest colleagues to update them on what you are currently doing?

    If not, send an update to your 50 closest friends, family members, old clients and ex-colleagues. Don’t contact them only to send a "with your resume" seeking job leads, simply update them so that they know your position.

  2. If I glanced at your Linked-In profile, would I understand that you are in the Market for job opportunities? Would I know what you are seeking to do?

  3. Are you posting some form of update on Linked-In one or more times every week? (i.e., so that you appear on people's radar.)

    If not, get into the habit of posting something worthwhile every seven days. Post status updates which could be valuable to your network, answer a question in the answers section to demonstrate your expertise or add a valuable comment in the discussion within one of several groups that you're part of.

  4. Are you ‘out and about’ and meeting people face to face at least once per week?

    If not, schedule time within the next week to meet with ex-colleagues, clients and friends over coffee - lunch - drinks only to get up to date.

    You'll stay on people's radar for potential opportunities, often receive useful advice, laugh and usually feel far better about yourself than you would if you’re sitting at home looking through project sites all day long.

  5. Can you talk to at least two of your fellow job hunters every seven days to discuss ideas and help each other?

  6. Do you have a spreadsheet to track almost every lead, contact or job you're pursued?

    If not, setup a fairly easy spreadsheet to help you to follow progress and be sure you don't fail to comply with any opportunity.

  7. Would you systematically check on each and every contact, lead or loose conversation about an opportunity within twenty four hours? (two days at the very latest)

    If not, how can you be more organized and disciplined in your follow-up?

  8. Do you give yourself permission to have a bad day or possibly a bad week?

    Go easy on yourself. It is absolutely normal to have little ‘ups and downs’ emotionally when involved in a career search or change process.

The advice above is offered by Marie J. Duprey who writes for the human resources career blog. She is committed to providing free information to help individuals take control of their job search, build confidence and advance their careers by connecting job hunters with the best minds in career counseling, resume writing, personal branding and recruiting.

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