by Beth Anne Reed
Every job seeker comes to this status in a different way. Every job search is a highly individualized journey. The term job market is an over-simplification of a complex grouping of potential jobs within a region, an industry, a specific job title. So how does one become an effective job seeker? Despite the individualized journey, the best way to be effective is to share; to join a group of job seekers, to read books and articles, to find seminars and workshops.
Poking around on the web just now, I found a commenter in an article on CNN who mentions all of the advice to be found is more ‘conceptual’ than concrete – Stuck in a Part-time Job. And certainly he has a valid point, but go back to my first paragraph. Each job search is specific to the person, the means to solve the problem will be specific to the person, making most suggested solutions conceptual. This is the nature of complex issues that intersect with the human wish for simplicity and formulaic solutions.
There is still a wealth of information out there that can help the seeker to make conceptual or general help fit the specific needs of the seeker. One such book is Richard Bolles’ classic What Color is Your Parachute? Which he updates every year. I have the 2013 version and have found it useful in different ways, depending on the issue of the day. You don’t have to read it cover to cover, you can just pick and choose the section to read at any given time.
What have you found to be most helpful in your search?
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