6 Tips for Expanding Your Job Search Network


People often ask “Is it who you know or what you know?”. While it’s crucial to have the proper experience and knowledge on how to do the job, take a step back and think about the sheer number of resumes that an average employer receives along with yours.

To put things into perspective, Google receives an average of 2 resumes per minute or 20,000 resumes per week, according to The New York Times (which works out to 2 resumes per minute). So, even if your resume is in tip-top shape and you have the perfect qualifications for the job, there’s a chance that your resume may never even get looked at. That’s where networking comes in. You just may end up shaking hands with a person who can help you land a job.

Suggested Reading: Knock ’em Dead Social Networking: For Job Search and Professional Success

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Job Loss – A Focused Approach to Job Search


Okay, so you lost your job. Maybe you knew it was going to happen and you weren’t surprised, maybe you had no clue and it was a total shock. However you got here, the truth is you are out of work and it’s time to start your job search. If you’re thinking you need a break before you begin your job search in earnest, take two or three days (no more) and then get to work on your job search (because your current job is to find a job).

So what’s going through your mind?

  • You feel incredibly stressed, how long will it take to find a job? Take a look at I Lost My Job, Now What?
  • Do you take the first job offer that comes your way or wait for a job that best fits your experience?
  • You feel guilty for every minute not spent looking for a job
  • Maybe you have no clue where to get started

Several weeks pass by, you’ve updated your resume, written your cover letters, done your research, read the Job Search Marketing Toolkit and you’ve established a regular routine for your job search.  You need to keep updating your resources, refresh your list and maximize the time you spend looking for a job. But first, take a step back and review the refocus points below.

Suggested Reading: Moving On: New Life After Job Loss – A Guide to Picking Yourself Up, Shaking Off the Dirt, and Getting Your Life Back in Order

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5 Reasons Why You Won’t Get A Raise


There are many articles with advice on how to go about getting that raise you’ve wanted, with tips on how to ask for a raise, setting goals that will allow you to be recognized for a raise, keeping track of your accomplishments and knowing what you are “worth” in the job market.

What about “what not to do”?  What are the actions that will almost guarantee that you will not get a raise? Why wait until another year has passed only to find out that you did something (or didn’t do something) that will keep you from getting a raise? If you want to position yourself for getting that raise, consider the following.

Suggested Reading: Get Paid What You’re Worth: The Expert Negotiators’ Guide to Salary and Compensation

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My Worst Interview


Job interviews are kind of like beauty contests. You put on your best suit, some lipstick, make sure there is nothing stuck in your teeth and off you go. You put on your best performance and, like any beauty queen, you want to get recognized and win the contest (nobody likes to lose beauty contests). And although you always want to come out on top, sometimes the contest is just not for you. Maybe the contest is all about talented tap dancers and that’s not your strength. In your heart you know you should leave the competition because you probably won’t win the contest but your ego just won’t let you (who wants to lose).

I’ve had my share of bad interviews (bad on my part). The replay in my head whenever I think of interviewing. In retrospect, it’s easy to single out what I did wrong, but during the interview it’s not always that clear.

Suggested Reading: 100% JOB INTERVIEW SUCCESS: [How To Always Succeed At Job Interviews

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Career Opportunities in Ridesharing


If you buy something from a store and it doesn’t fit or suit you, then you can often take it back, but if you quit your regular job to try something different and it doesn’t work out, that can be a much bigger problem to deal with.

If you decide to buy a car like the Chrysler 200, you are pretty unlikely to change your mind about the purchase, but what you might look at, is the chance to earn a bit of extra money by getting involved in ridesharing.

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