The Long Road Back – 5 Links for Starting Your Job Search

Losing your job sucks. There’s just no other way to put it. Whether you are part of a downsizing, merger, “job mismatch” or plain old “going out of business”, there is no worse place to be than on the unemployment line. I’ve seen all of the variations of job loss from all different angles. And whether you are an observer or a participant, it is one of the more unpleasant facts of life. After it happens, it no longer matters how it happened, the end result is the same. How you react to your job loss will very much impact how quickly you will bounce back. Regardless, you will need and should allow for your “mourning” period. And then it’s time to look forward and not back. Become fully engrossed in your job hunt. Read on about the road back to a new job and a new beginning. Whatever your journey, you will end up in a better place than you where when you started.

I Lost My Job – The topic and steps required to start your job search are never out of date (although some of the tools may change). Understanding what you need to launch your search is the most important part of the process. Whether this is your first job search or you are revisiting the topic today, making a job search plan should be your second step (after applying for unemployment benefits). So, assuming that getting organized is the first step, this is what you need to know:

  • Planning for Your Job Search – Planning your search is probably the most important part of your search. There are many things you need to consider when planning your search – career goals, occupation profile, your network – there are a lot of resources with great advice and links to get you started, a few are listed below.
    • Resumes
    • Cover Letters
    • Your Network
    • Companies where you would like to work
    • Recruiters
    • References
  • 36 Beautiful Resume Ideas That Work – The most difficult part of starting your job search is updating or writing your resume. This article was posted on and it provides lots of great ideas for your resume. You know how it goes, it is much easier to start with something and change it than it is to start with a blank sheet of paper. Take a look at this post.
  • Find Your Dream Job by Targeting Employers – Research, research, research – need I say more? Sometimes finding any job feels more important that finding the right job or employer. Well I’m here to tell you that you are wrong. Finding the right job and company are the two most important parts of your job search. Take a look at this article from  the
  • Build Your Job Search Network – Leveraging your network to help you  get your next job is key to success. It is often who you know that that gets your resume seen buy the right person. This article provides good advice on how to leverage your network as well as ideas to a long list of you to build your network.

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