Job Seekers Should Not Burn Bridges
If it takes a month for every $10,000 in annual salary you earned
at your last job to find a new job, it could be a year or more
before many executives find employment, says Laura Lorber,
managing editor of CareerJournal.com.
"Don't burn bridges with former colleagues at your previous
employers," advises Lorber. "More than anyone else, these people
know your value and may be willing to recommend you to future
employers." Lorber is co-author of Diary of a Job Search
(Ten Speed Press).
Another vital element in the job search process is networking.
"It's remarkable how many candidates forget the importance of
staying connected. After their next layoff, they kick themselves
for neglecting their contacts," says Lorber.
CareerJournal.com offers these tips to help individuals bring
their job hunts to successful resolution:
- Create a job-search plan.
- Network, network, network.
- Expect your hunt to take time.
- Sign up for additional training (if needed).
- Be open to taking temporary assignments.
And, once you've accepted a position:
- Update recruiters and colleagues whom you contacted
during your transition on where you "landed."
- Write to everyone who helped with your search process to thank them
for their assistance.
- Look for ways to adapt to constant change in the work world.
- Keep your resume up to date, even though you are happily employed.
- Plan for your next job search the day you start your new job.
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