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Treating job-hunting like a job is a great thing to do. It gives purpose and meaning to your time.

When Herman's best friend lost his job as Vice President of a company, he went to work with a guy he knew who delivered produce to a New York City restaurant. His co-workers didn't understand why he took this job while job-hunting but he said that, especially in the beginning, it "gave him a place to go everyday" when he was used to going to work and not just staying at home. Psychologically, it was great for him.

You, Diane and Chris are all in my prayers.

smile --Love, Darlene

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Here's my 2 cents on this topic:

1. Network, Network, Network: Most jobs that are available are not advertised. It is such a financial burden from Day 1, that most employers feel that the chances of hiring someone that will stay and be happy are much greater if they had been referred. Start asking everybody and anybody if they know of any openings within their company...and then use that relationship to your advantage.

2. On the interview: Do your homework. Know as much about the company as you possibly can. The interviewer will be impressed if you ask good questions about "their" company.

3. Dress to impress and be positive, positive, positive. Don't ever put down your previous employer regardless of the terms in which you left.

4. It's OK to lie....little einny, binney white lies are fine and you won't go to hell. You have to tell them what THEY want to hear, if you think it is a job that you might want. Impress them and get the offer, you can always turn them down later.

5. ....and this some may not agree on, but I say TAKE anything and continue your search. Gaps in employment are not a good thing. Finding a job is a full-time endeavor, so guess what, you might just be working two jobs for a while!

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Networking is a good part of why I'm doing so much volunteer work right now. It's a small town and folks know my situation. I know the right thing will come along at the right time. Right now, I'm using this time to collect myself and put my life back together.

The volunteer work is a win-win thing for everyone. It makes me feel good to help someone out and it makes me feel needed and it really helps them out too.



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Volunteer work is an excellent idea, and it also gives you the opportunity not only to help others, but to develop new talents (which can go smack on the top of your resume!).

Definitely network. With Linkedin, or a similar networking website (even facebook which is more social in purpose), it's easier now to see who your friends are connected to - a friend might well know of someone who knows of someone who could give good advice on whatever career path you are considering.

Also - use your network for 'informational interviews' - folks are more than happy to sit down over lunch and describe their job/industry/outlook --and give you suggestions. Bet you anything you'd walk away thinking "gee...I never thought of that...."


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