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Landing THE job

April 14, 2013
Brenda Schmitt - ISU Extension Family Finance Specialist , Reinbeck Courier

Finding a job is easy, walk into any fast food restaurant or convenience store with a HELP WANTED sign in the window and make a good first impression look presentable and act professionally. Once you have a paycheck coming in, then start looking for THE job. 80% of jobs are found through relationships. It is important to build relationships now and for the long term NOT at the time of a job search. Good referrals will come from those who know you. Your network is bigger than you think it is. It includes all of your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, colleagues and even casual acquaintances. If you're nervous about making contact keep the following things in mind: It feels good to help others and most people will willingly help you. People like to give advice and be recognized for their expertise. Almost everyone knows what it's like to be looking for a job. Reconnecting with the people in your network should be fun even if you have an agenda. Finding the perfect job means you will need to treat the search like a job, be focused and persistent. Rather than one job, maybe you should consider multiple positions. Landing a new job may be easier if you aim for part-time work within several companies. You will benefit from multiple part-time positions that will pad your resume and your wallet.

Consider job sharing, or taking over for someone on maternity leave, or during the holiday crunch. This can allow you to improve your skills, impress a potential long-term employer and network with people in your chosen industry. Be willing to start at the bottom, earning less than you want, learning the job and working your way up honestly and diligently. Instead of nervously waiting for the right full-time career, you can potentially make something better happen in the short term.



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