So that you can decide just how critical your job hunt is in your total life scheme, let's put a kind of frame around the importance of the effort ahead.
Reflect on it.
A job is not just a job. Half of you waking hours are devoted to it. Its quality ramifies through all other aspects of your life. It determines your productivity and how far you will go in achieving full self-realization. It governs your happiness, the happiness of your family, where you live, and how well. The quality of the job you land now will inevitably affect the quality of your next one. It will even determine the kind of education and opportunities your children will have and, consequently, their future prospects. Not to mention whether your retirement years will be beautiful or bleak. With all that and so much more hanging on the outcome, good sense says you should proceed with your job-finding campaign as though your life depends on it. In fact, most of it does.
When you get right down to it, aiming for a really good job doesn't require more effort than setting your sights on a poor one. And aiming high leaves you in far better control of the outcome. Consequently, it is plainly your duty - your duty to yourself, your family, your new employer, even to society - to proceed with your job search in ways that will produce work as close as possible to the peak of your abilities and at the highest possible pay. Yet, few job seekers - even though their careers, their lives, are on the line - sense that such urgent considerations require a carefully planned approach. And, unhappily, it is generally not in the interest of people who know better - the employment agencies and other applicant services - to show them a better way.
So that you will know what to avoid and the strong advantage you will have if you plans your approach, it is important to understand this: Most people - and that includes others who want the job you want - do a very poor job of job finding. In the absence of adequate guidance, their only alternative is to cast about in the job market while painfully learning lessons by trial and error that have already been painfully learned, at least in some small parts, by tens of millions of applicants before them - at a great cost of time, money, morale, and employment. Virtually all make critical - and entirely avoidable - mistakes, mistakes that delay the day when they are hired.
Now perhaps you are one of the many recent unfortunate who have been downsized by their company, or maybe you are beginning a job search so you can enhance your career. Which ever the case may be, looking for employment in today's highly competitive job market is not easy. There are so many good candidates competing for the same position today, that landing your "dream job" is becoming more and more difficult.
That being the case, when an opportunity arises where you are called to go on job interviews, you need to be ready, and fully prepared. The employment interview is by far, the single most important step in landing a job. So, you have to be sure that you do well when answering tough interview questions, because if you don't, you will not get a second chance.
The difficulty is, most people don't know where to go to get highly valuable job interview tips and help. It's true there are mountains of interview questions and interviewing data available online, but the truth is, very few sites are really qualified to give you effective & proven advice.
Besides, don't you want to sound different than your competition? Don't you think the people you are competing against for your next job have combed through all the FREE job search engines interviewing information online? Of course they have. So what will give you that competitive advantage on your job search?
That is exactly where I come in! I created an e-book "How to apply for a job!" that will teach you a proactive new strategy to help you successfully beat out your competition and get the job of your dreams. After studying this e-book, you will know far more than nine out of ten applicants do about the best ways to cope successfully with obscure but critical problems that defeat so many job seekers. More than that - and this is important - you will know more than most employers do about the dynamics controlling hiring decisions. With that knowledge, your job search can become an exciting challenge in which you confidently approach employers as an equal to negotiate the best possible working relationship - a challenge offering vast promise for your future. In truth, you may find - as many do - that it becomes a fascinating game. Unhappily, the path pursued by most job seekers is nothing like that. Instead, they take a tortuous, trial-and-error, castabout approach as they try to figure out, without competent gui nce, what steps are most likely to turn up a job. For many, it becomes a desperate, soul-shattering problem. For most, heavy delays that routinely add days, weeks, even months or years to their unemployment despite the millions of jobs that, literally, are available each day but are going unfilled. Such is the impact of ill-conceived placement systems that dominate hiring action today. It would be much better, instead, simply to give all applicants access to good, strong, authoritative help - like in our e-book - on how to deal most efficiently and effectively with your job-search problems.
Because your career is so important, isn't it worth taking five minutes now to discover exactly how my e-book can make you rise to the top of the list of candidates? You decide. It's time for you to take the stress and headaches out of the job hunting process. And, it's especially difficult if you have been out of the job-seeking role for a while. I'd like to help you.
Copyright 2004 by Paul Debognies / Career Builder Information
About The Author
Paul Debognies has for over 15 years personally helped hundreds of people land the jobs they wanted, by teaching them Career Building Techniques to turn their Job Search Into A 100% Success story.
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