Career

Support for Your Job Search

Job Search Support
A job search buddy is a friend or colleague who also wants help to get into action and stay on track with his or her job search. The two of you assist each other in reaching your goals by setting up a regular check-in, with each of you reporting on progress, announcing successes, and stating challenges. The buddy’s job is to listen, celebrate, commiserate, and be a brainstorming partner.

Job search support groups serve the same function for a group of people who wish to work together. Again, there’s a wealth of information Online about job search support groups. Or, you may be able to find an existing support group for job-seekers through career centers, schools, and industry associations.

You can also hire your coach or life coach, a professional trained in assisting people in setting and achieving goals. Some coaches specialize in career transition and working with job-seekers. They may call themselves career coaches, job coaches, or career consultants. Ask your friends and colleagues if they have worked with a coach to whom they could refer you or perform an Internet search.

Keep in mind that support from a buddy, group, or coach does not involve in-person meetings and travel time. Many groups meet via telephone conference lines or live online chats, and your buddy or coach can work with you by phone, e-mail, or an online chat service or all three.


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Google+ (2)Professionals often initiate career changes before gaining an understanding of who they are and what they want, guidance counselor Judit Price writes. "They take a very broad approach to 'what is out there' rather than establish a clear, directed focus," she writes

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Have you developed a Career Vision?

If someone asked you to describe your vision of the most perfect place on earth, what would it look like?  A mountaintop with a spectacular view?  A tropical island with a warm breeze, soft sand and tall palm trees?  Now suppose someone asked you to describe in similar detail your vision of the perfect career.  How do you draw a picture of something you can't yet clearly see?


In developing a career vision, you are creating a work picture of where you want to go with your career, If you can visualize  your ultimate goals, it will become easier to choose what your next job should be.  Even if some portions of  your vision are fuzzy, write down what pieces you do know.  It’s like creating the scenes of a play.  Each scene can be written independently to tell part of the story, and eventually all of the scenes add up to be complete production.