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Thoughts on Surviving in Today’s Economic Environment

From the Career Development Suite

Today’s economy is different from that of yesteryear, no matter what your profession or field of expertise.

Managing your career might require being creative in a different way and finding new techniques to bring into play. One of your goals should be to keep your skills up-to-date and to make sure your networks haven’t withered away.

You have to start thinking of yourself as a “career athlete.” If you’ve done everything you can think of, such as getting your resume current, applying for job openings for which you’re qualified, and the response is still silence, it may be time to apply a different approach to the job search process. Here are a few tips that may help you survive today’s economic environment.

1. Remain Confident. There’s a lot of competition in the world these days, and it may be a while before it gets better—if it gets better at all. Stay competitive through formal education, training or supplemental courses. If English is your first language, enroll in a Spanish class. If Spanish is your first language, enroll in an English class. Being able to communicate in a multi-cultural environment may give you a competitive advantage when seeking employment.

2. Keep your networks current. Keep in contact with your school and utilize its job hunt resources. Split your time between networking on line and networking in the real world. The people you know who have contacts with can help assist you in your job search efforts.

3. Avoid using a generic resume. It might help if you can tailor your resume to the position and relate your cover letter to the specific job opening. Don’t confine yourself to the same job boards. Don’t limit yourself by clicking on the “submit” button and not following up. Don’t sabotage yourself by spending a marginal amount of time in the job search process. Get in the habit of going the distance.

Remember, staying informed and at the top of your game may be a deciding factor in getting the job of your dreams.

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