Job Hunting for Over a Year
How long should it take to find a new job? There's no exact time line, but according to Jo Bennett of the executive-search firm Battalia Winston International, it usually takes around 3-4 months of job hunting for middle managers, 2-3 months for people with five years of experience, and 6 months to a year for senior managers, as there are fewer positions at the top.
Freelance Job Searches
According to Forbes.com, recruiters may not have anything full-time right when you need it, but may have part-time or freelance work available. The temp position might turn into a full-time job, but even if it doesn't, you can network with more people. I had a friend who temped at Warner Bros. Records and was offered a full-time job. Also, you can fill gaps in your resume with freelance work as "consulting."
Dealing with Job Hunting Frustrations
As in dating, not being called back - after a job interview - can be depressing. Forbes.com suggests volunteering in one of your profession's trade organizations. While working for free may seem absurd, you'll be surrounded by people in your field and you will probably hear of jobs. Maybe they need help organizing a project or need articles written. Writing articles is a great reason to call people in your biz.
Job Hunting Social Aspects
Forbes.com also recommends making contacts by attending professional conferences. Conferences can be expensive, but think of it as an investment in your career. Just don't spread the word that you're looking for a job. Print up some business cards and send a follow-up e-mail after the conference asking about opportunities within the companies.
How To Get A Job With A Bad Credit Report
It used to be credit reports were used as a basis to obtain credit, but today they can also decide your job prospects. MSN.com recently ran an article about how to get a job with a bad credit report. Remember, you can dispute items on your credit report; surveys have shown that credit reports can be 50% inaccurate. Also, potential employers must get your permission to run a credit check, and must tell you if their decision not to hire was based on a credit report.
Top Websites for Job Searches and More
Most people are aware of the top websites for job searches - Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, etc..., but you should also employ some other web tricks. It never hurts to have a web site displaying your portfolio. Also put appropriate keywords in your resume, that way your resume will pop up on google.com if a company does an Internet search for candidates.
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Dr. Al Lee