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May 5, 2012

Searching for a job is a job of its own

Do you consider yourself a job-seeker? If so, my first question to you is, “How much time of each day, week or month are you spending in search of a job?”

There is no right or wrong answer to this question, but your answer will help you determine if you are actually job searching or if you are just going through the

motions.

I often speak to individuals who consistently say, “I have tried everything,” or, “Nobody is hiring.”

That may be true, but often it’s not.

Job searching is not a hobby and requires a lot of discernment, investments of time and energy, and

persistence.

In short, it’s a full-time job to look for a job.

If you’re taking a casual approach to job-searching — that is, you are treating it no differently than you would if you were planning your weekend with some friends or family — then you’re doing it wrong. To make your job search successful, it is time to treat it like your job and to take a professional approach to your search.

The first step to professionalizing your search is to be choosy in the positions for which you apply. Effective job searching is far more extensive than submitting resume after resume. Applications often take a lot of time to complete.

Tracking down the materials that the employer wants attached to the application can be time consuming. Maintain your choosiness by applying to positions that you would actually consider accepting and those for which you are qualified to apply.

Instead of spending hours applying for every position under the sun, focus on two to three applications at a time. By being selective, you’ll be able to more easily succeed in the second step, which is to invest the proper amount of time and resources into your search.

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