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Restarting Your Job Search When All Else Fails – Vol 2

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The good news is you found a job (last week, last month, last year, it does not matter), the bad news is that you hate it. It’s not uncommon for that to happen (in fact it probably happens very often). So what does that mean? Time to restart your

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10/21/2021 09:45 am GMT
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. Not ideal, but better than staying in a job you hate. One of the most important things to remember is that you should not give your reason for leaving as “hating your (job, company, boss, fill in the blank)”. Potential employers do not want to hear this. Come up with a reason that is acceptable (see below). Start your engines.

Suggested Reading: The Resume Writing Guide: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Writing a Winning Resume

  • REASONS FOR LEAVING A JOB – This post, from career-Advantage.net, provides lists of both the wrong answers and acceptable answers. As an example, you probably don’t want to tell them you were Fired for stealing. Take a look at this list before giving your excuse (I mean perfectly acceptable reason).

Okay, now that we got that out of the way, the following provides some additional steps for restarting your job search. See “Restarting Your Job Search When All Else Fails” – Vol 1 for the first installment of the series.

  • Building Your resume: Next on your list should be building (or rebuilding) your resume. Even if you already have a good resume, it makes sense to take another look and improve it where you can. It won’t hurt to have a Recruiter or friend critique your resume. Take a look at the samples (see links below) and don’t forget to use key words, check your spelling and ensure you actually can substantiate anything you put on your resume.
    • CREATING YOUR RÉSUMÉ – This article, from myfuture.com, provides step by step instructions for building your resume. The post also has additional links, some critique sites (a must) and links to other career related articles (on the left hand side of the screen).
    • 5 Steps to a Great Resume – Need a new resume? Then this article is for you (from lifehacker.com). The article provides a good list for re-doing your resume. Additionally, there are embedded links which provide related information.
    • Bestresumesample – This site, by bestsampleresume.com, provides some tips and tricks center page, with an amazing list of career specific resume examples on the left hand side of he screen. Just pick your career and you are on your way to a sample that fits your job.
  • Checklists for your job search: Need a list of everything you should be doing in your job search? Read on.
    • Job Search Checklist for Job-Hunting Success – Another great resource from quintcareers.com, this provides a pretty good list of the things you will need to do along with embedded links.
    • Job Loss Checklist – A great checklist from About.com, it is divided by each major component of the job search with embedded “read more” links for each item. Don’t forget to check all of the related links on the left hand side of the screen.

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Good luck in your search,
Joey

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