With unemployment over 10%, the pool of willing workers has never been bigger or more qualified. If you’re in that group, you’re probably wondering whether you’ll ever find a job. While I’m self employed now, I have been fired before and I know how much it sucks to have someone else tell you that you’re no longer needed. Over the next week, we’re going to cover four major areas of job hunting: career planning, resumes, finding opportunities, and nailing the interview.
If you look below, you’ll see a list of the posts that will make up Career Week. When the posts are published, I’ll make them active links, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek at what’s to come…
Monday: Career Planning
If you are without a job or just planning a change, the first step in that process is 100% mental.
- Rethink Your Career  – Sometimes you have to find the silver lining the cloud. If you recently lost your job, maybe it’s a good time to rethink your career path.
- Find A Job, Then A Career  – When it comes right down to it, you may not have the luxury of finding the perfect “career” and have to settle for a “job” that pays the bills. That’s fine too, it’s about surviving first, thriving next.
- Boost Morale & Fill Time by Volunteering  – If you find yourself restless, a little down that the responses to your resume haven’t been as frequent, you could take this time to volunteer in your community. It’s time well spent and can re-energize you to help a cause you believe in.
Tuesday: Resume Reconstruction
- How to Write A Kick-Ass Cover Letter  – The cover letter is one of the few ways you can add color to your resume, many job seekers overlook it.
- Ten Tips to a Kick Ass Resume  – Not originally part of the Career Week 2009 series, this post was given honorary membership given its popularity.
- Ten Resume Mistakes You Must Avoid  – No resume day would be completely with a discussion of some big resume no-no’s you MUST to avoid.
Wednesday: On The Hunt
- How To Find A New Job  – Another post that wasn’t originally part of Career Week 2009, this post establishes a good approach towards finding a new job. It sets up a good framework for finding leads.
- Best Employment & Job Search Websites  – There are too many websites and many are a waste of your time, I profile a handful that are worth the time it takes to submit your resume.
- How to Properly Use Headhunters  – This post details what to watch out for with the scammers and how to utilize the legitimate ones.
Thursday: Interview Room
- How to Dress for an Interview  – Dress for success, this post explains how to figure out how you should dress for your interview.
- Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them  – The probability that you won’t get at least two or three (or five) questions on this list is very slim.
- How To Write an Interview Followup Thank You Letter  – The follow up is as important as the interview, because it opens up other opportunities.
- Interview like a Politician  – Preparation of your talking points is a great way to take control and be active in the interview.
Friday: Your Thoughts
We’ll round out the week with a special Career Week Your Take question where you can share your best career tips  with the rest of the Bargaineering readers.
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