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4 Job Search Habits You Need To Get Into

The latest employment numbers painted a grim picture for the economy.  The U.S. added no new jobs in August, creating the expected panic among job seekers.  There will probably be many people who think they should not even bother looking for work.  This is the last thing you should be doing.  Instead of feeling down about the poor economy, here are some job search habits you should take up:

  • Look for companies, not just jobs.  Looking just for the ideal job leads to an unfocused job search.  Research the five nonprofits you most want to work for, and see if you can find out if they are hiring.

  • Constantly update your online presence.  Always keep your Internet presence active and up-to-date.  This includes removing anything from your Facebook or Twitter accounts that might negatively impact your career hopes.

  • Apply only for jobs you are qualified for.  There's a school of thought that you should apply to any job you are interested for, even if you are over or under qualified.  This couldn't be further from the truth.  The chance that you will be considered for jobs like these are very slim, so don't waste your time.

  • Keep a positive outlook.  This is easier said than done, but it can make all the difference in the work.  Approaching any kind of work with a negative attitude only ensures that you won't get the most out of it.  You should be realistic about what you can accomplish, but you shouldn't assume you are going to fail.

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