Employing an Outside Perspective on Your Job Hunt

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Last summer, around the end of July/beginning of August, I connected with a job seeker who was feeling pretty down and out about his situation. He had been unemployed since October 2008 after being laid off from a job in construction. His work experiences also included manufacturing settings and stores that serviced the construction industry and DIYers — all areas that have been hard-hit over the past few years.

We jumped into it, reviewing his résumé and clarifying his vision for his job hunt. We discussed ways that he could get his name out there through networking and volunteering. We talked about ways he could best present himself in interviews. We revamped the tools and techniques that he was using on his job search and added a few things to his arsenal.

Then I didn’t hear from him for a couple months. In December, I had another reason to touch base with him and asked him how things were going. He replied:

“Sorry, been meaning to tell you I got a job in October… I’m really enjoying it. I should get a raise after I’m hired on full time in January. Thank you for all the help you gave me!”

How exciting! Here was someone who had been laid off for two years and had worked primarily in industries that have been experiencing declines in the latter half of the decade… and he found a job within two months by working with a professional who could give him the guidance he needed to succeed.

Should choosing to work with a career professional be made haphazardly? Definitely not. You need to ensure that there is a good fit between you and the person you are hiring to help you. Taking the time to find the right person will help you immeasurably.

Things are not all roses and sunshine in 2011. Some of the conditions that have been around for a while are still persisting, and they will have an impact on your job search. But making the choice to enlist the services of a career professional and heeding their advice can help decrease the amount of time you spend looking for work.

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