Job Search: Navigating Your Transition
Once you have identified a direction through your active exploration and developed a few contacts, the next step is to prioritize specific jobs, companies and organizations that interest you most. Your networking can be more targeted now, as you cultivate your style and approach to this most important aspect of job search. Through practice, you will learn to talk comfortably about your strengths and objectives while maintaining integrity; gain skill and confidence with contacting and interviewing professionals; and research and attend useful gatherings to collect valuable information. If you've been unemployed for a length of time, strategies like informational interviewing and volunteering can help you connect with the right people. I recommend that introverted types, like myself, start slow—read first, then ease in to one-on-one conversations with non-intimidating people and situations.
Along with preparing for job interviews and salary negotiations, building a LinkedIn profile and tailored resume will maximize your results. Utilize community resources and the internet to explore what's out there.
Identify the support that will keep you going. Many of my clients are dealing with existing job stress, juggling family and/or navigating personal transitions such as recovering from an injury or divorce, and they appreciate talking about the impact this is having on their job search. We'll map out a plan that takes into account your priorities and personal concerns such as how to structure and manage your time, how to talk about a difficult lay-off experience in interviews, how to re-enter the job force after time away, and how to deal with relationship and family issues that you need to resolve as a part of going forward.
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