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Tips From the Job Search Trenches

By Alison Doyle, Job Searching Guide

I appreciate the responses I got when I asked for some job search success stories recently. The blog comments, LinkedIn answers, tweets, and Facebook messages I received showed how resiliency and determination, as well as being hopeful, can all help with your job search.

As does paying attention to the details. It really is what some might consider little things that can make a big difference when it comes to finding a job – wearing the right interview clothes, sending thank you notes, and projecting a positive and enthusiastic image – regardless of how stressed you might feel about acing the interview and getting a job offer.

Diana Jennings was one of the people who was kind enough to share her job search story and what worked for her:

  • I did my homework.
  • I made my life experiences TOTALLY relevant to the interviewers. This was not a stretch, but it was still important to be thoughtful.
  • I sold my skills to the search committee.
  • And I sent thank you notes to everyone.
  • I dressed professionally, but I brought walking shoes.
  • I brought examples of my work to the interview and gave the interviewers something to do.
  • I asked lots of questions.
  • I radiated the enthusiasm I really felt.

Diana recently accepted a job offer and is about to start her new job. As Diana said, so well, “So be hopeful. Learn the new skills, remember the old ones, and you’ll come out of this.” If you’re still job searching, here are some tips to help you find a new job fast.

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