Career Coach Offers Advice on Job Searching

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Livingston, N.J. — Dec. 17
Many Americans are on edge this holiday season. More than 10 million are out of work, and U.S. unemployment hit a 25-year high. Barack Obama, the president-elect, says the economy “will get worse, before it gets better.”

“If you’re worried about your job or looking for a new one, you’re not alone,” said Mike Ramer, president of Ramer Search Consultants. “The challenge for professionals today is finding a job to advance their career.”

After 20 years in executive search, Ramer developed and launched a job search consulting service for the career-minded. His “Seven Strategies” include:

  1. Assess your situation. If you’re employed, what’s the chance you’ll lose your job? Talk to your manager, be upfront and express your concern. If there’s a high probability you could lose your job, start planning now.
  2. Evaluate your strengths. Write down what you do best. List your top skills and abilities. Think about ways you can add value for a future employer.
  3. Discover your passions. In your current job, what do you enjoy most? When you’re not working, how do you spend your time? What are your hobbies? Which topics engage you in conversation?
  4. Craft your resume. Customize it with your unique background, skills and experiences. Be professional, yet personal.
  5. Research the possibilities. Use the Web and talk to others. Your ideal job is the intersection of what you do best (skills/abilities) and what you want to do (passions).
  6. Get the word out. Now go after the job you want. Build a contact list to include names, titles, Web sites, phone numbers and emails.
  7. Stick to the plan. Stay focused and upbeat. Create activity everyday. Depending on your industry and experience, a job search could take three to twelve months. It’s always smart to have a contingency plan.
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