(From woman’s day)
Even though the recession is making it harder to land a job, you can up your chances of snagging a new position by following these tips from Good Morning America’s career expert Tory Johnson, author of Fired to Hired: Bouncing Back from Job Loss to Get to Work Right Now.
1. Get it out of your system.
It’s OK to have a bit of a pity party if you get laid off, but just for a week or two. “Losing a job is hard on your self-esteem, and you’re going to be emotional,” says Johnson. Give yourself a little time to work through those feelings, then move on.
2. Ready your résumé.
Create a master résumé (if you don’t already have one), then tailor different versions of it to each new job you apply to. “If you’re a baby boomer, leave off your college graduation date and limit your experience to 15 years,” suggests Johnson. Unfair as it is, ageism in hiring does exist. So play up your strengths: “Don’t just list your responsibilities,” says Johnson. “That will read like a job description. Instead focus on your specific successes and accomplishments. Detail results. People hire not just for what you did, but how well you did it.”
3. Create a digital identity.
In this era of Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites, having an online presence is key, especially for people over 40. “It boosts your relevancy and is another way for people to find you,” says Johnson. “If you want to use just one, make it LinkedIn. It’s the most professional of the networking sites and is used primarily for business.” List your experience and ask former colleagues to post recommendations.
4. Don’t rely too much on the Internet.
“Job boards are a great way to find leads, but only 30% of your time should be spent online,” says Johnson. “The bulk of your time should be used to make direct connections, which are even more important during a recession.” The Internet is flooded with applications. These days, recruiters are more likely to find potential candidates through word-of-mouth.
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