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Least Favorite Job Search Phase
A Job Seeker's GPS Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

Last week, a friend of mine wrote on her Facebook page: "It amazes me that if I put an address in my GPS, and do exactly what it says, I actually get to my destination!" Wouldn't it be nice if there was a job search GPS and if you did exactly what it told you to do that you would land the job of your dreams? As you know, life just isn't that controllable.

If you had a job search GPS, it might give you instructions for a perfectly acceptable route - just not the best one for you. Different industries, different positions, and sometimes even different candidates need to take a an alternate route along their job search path. There is no one way to write a resume, to interview or to find a job. Your job search GPS would get mighty confused over the one page versus multiple page resume debate, the wear a suit versus match the company's dress code debate, and the use Facebook versus use Twitter debate. Your success will come from listening to what all the experts say and then developing a plan that seems right for you.

One way to make your job search not seem so daunting is to plan it out in small steps, each resulting in a goal that you can be proud of when you reach it. Choose to attend one career seminar or networking event each week or choose to send out a certain number of resumes. Make 5 calls to new headhunters or find 30 more connections on LinkedIn. Set a goal to have one interview every week, whether on the phone or live. Congratulate yourself and celebrate when you hit these targets. Look at them as rest stops along the highway of life.

To get to your ultimate goal…your new job…you may very well have to make some difficult choices along the way. You may have to accept a role that is not quite what you anticipated to get your foot into the door of your ideal company. You may have to settle for a lower title that you had in your last position so that you can shorten your commute. You may even need to accept a decrease in pay to start in an industry that better matches your passions. But, if you choose to make the most of your decision, to learn as much as you can from your new experiences, and to choose to put a positive spin on the cards you are dealt, you will ultimately find life to be that much more rewarding.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
The funny thing is that as much as we all tell you to do this and to do that in order to land this or that job, the fact is that a job search requires far more psychology than it does science. A job search takes you down a path that may seem unfamiliar to you at first, but eventually, you will find that it is just another journey of your life's work. It is a road for which there is no GPS, but once you reach your destination, you will feel the greatest sense of satisfaction for having traveled it.
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!