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Five Job Finding Tips for Today's Market

What a difference a year makes. About this time 12 months ago, finding a job was not a big concern for most physicians. Those entering the job market had a variety of options to choose from, while those with a job were more concerned about upgrading their positions than with being downsized.

Obviously, that has changed. The art of finding a job suddenly has taken on more importance for new entrants, laid off workers, and those who are employed but nervous. Here are a few tips for those seeking work in today's more trying economic times.

Be Strong. You are going to run into rejection in your job search today. Just keep in mind that there are people out there who, in appearance at least, were millionaires last year and now are in the same boat you are. In fact, some of the brightest and most dynamic people in the country are seeking work, so you are in good company. The key: don't let up. You may have to modify your approach, but don't modify your effort.

Be Proactive. It's been a good ten years since job candidates truly had to "beat the bushes" to find employment. Many young job seekers today believe looking for employment is a matter of scanning the want ads in the paper or combing over employment sites on the web. While these sources are important, job aspirants today need to do more. They need to target companies in their field and court these companies directly, whether or not they are actively advertising for new people. Develop a list of potential employers and identify the key hiring manager at each one (reference books) such as the Job Source series of employment guides. Send hiring managers your resume with a cover letter explaining why you want to work for that company. Follow-up with a phone call.

Be Informed. Knowledge is power, and the more you know about perspective employers the better your chances are of being hired. Research companies you are approaching on the Internet to learn more about their products, services, goals, and culture. Reference things you have learned about a company in your cover letter to the human resources director. That way you avoid a "cookie cutter" approach, you distinguish yourself from other applicants, and you show the kind of initiative most employers seek.

Be Presentable. With the advent of "casual day" and the informal look adopted by many high tech companies, "dressing for success" may seem outdated. It's not. Regardless of an applicant's experience or accomplishments, employers still make a lot of their hiring decisions based on a candidate's appearance. Investing in a tailored suit, or high-end "business casual" clothes, is well worth the money. In addition, it makes sense to have your "interviewing outfit" evaluated by someone whose opinion you trust. So much depends on first impressions that they should not be left to chance.

Be Smart. Being smart in an interview is not so much a matter of telling the person interviewing you how much you know - it's more about a matter of listening to what they know. When it is your turn to speak, ask questions, but don't focus merely on the details of the job such as how much it pays, the hours, etc. Ask "big picture" questions about the goals of the company, its business philosophy and how your perspective position fits into the overall context. Also, be smart by following up with a letter to let the employer know you both understood what was said to you and that you are eager to get to work.

While the economy obviously has an impact on a job search, it is the drive and determination of the individual job seeker that ultimately directs his or her success. That will never change even though economic times will.

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