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If you find yourself out of work you may be more normal than you think. In the modern workforce, people change jobs more frequently than ever before. The average number of career changes people now undertake is now around nine. This has been driven by the increased use of casual and part-time work in most industries across the world.

If you find yourself job seeking be kind to yourself.  Managing your emotions and your health is at the core of success.  This means making sure you eat well and avoid destructive emotions such as anger, self-doubt and betrayal.  Sure you need to have some time to grieve but you do need to move on with acceptance and a desire to make the next positive step as soon as you can.

New employers want to observe a positive and resourceful person.  They do not want to see a hurt and angry job pleader.  Attitude is everything.  Experience tells that bosses want people with a CAN DO attitude full of inspiration and a great customer service ethic.  If you demonstrate this at an interview and in your CV you will stand a great chance of success.

To me, career job seeking is little like buying real estate or renting a property. You will rarely find the perfect job. You will often have to compromise a little to make a successful change.

Before leaping off to your first interview begin with a clear plan of what type of job you want and what skills you wish to use or develop.  Carefully consider how you want your job to blend with the rest of your life.  For example, does the employment you are seeking offer chances of advancement, added security, greater learning opportunities, more freedom, and a balance you want in your life.

To find the best employment, here are twenty valuable tips:

1.  Discover your own unique brand of skills and motivation. Develop those capabilities and        talents that are hard to copy.  Sell the difference that you make to productivity and              innovation. Carry the customer service virus wherever you go.

2.  Never label  yourself  as unemployed or not wanted.  See yourself as in career transition.
    If  you  are unable  to secure paid employment, volunteer your skills for non-paid work or      interim short-term part-time work.

3.  Take  every  opportunity  to develop your skills. This way you are learning new skills and      putting  yourself  in  the  marketplace  as  someone  who is not sitting around waiting for      things to happen.

4.  Go with career trends, and seek employment and skill development in organisations with      less  than 25 employees. Smarter  still, consider  doing contract or part-time work rather      than full time employment.

5.  Most  career and  change  openings  are  never  advertised.  They only eventuate by you      being  informed  on  what  is  happening  and  selling your desires, resourcefulness, and      track record to interested parties.

6.  Create  new  opportunities  by  listening and talking to people about what interests them.      Use  referrals  to  discover  potential  openings  for  a next step in your development and      personal  growth.  Narrow  down  those  fields,  titles  and  projects,  which interest you.      Explore ways in which you can develop your capability and marketability in these areas.

7.  Identify  contacts  and  then sell your case by meeting them face-to-face as often as you      can. Locate  people  who  may  be  able  to  point you in the right direction. Often this is      through existing friends or people in the community you already know.

8.  Create  a  short  one-page  advertisement  of  your  achievements, resources, and career      goals.  As  you meet people, leave them a copy. When you have to do a formal resume,      tailor  it  to  the  exact needs of the client. Do away with multi-purpose resumes, there is      no such thing.
9.  Make  it  as  easily  possible for people to contact you. Having access to a answering          machine, a  computer (the internet), and  a mobile phone can enable you to do work and      make contact 24/7.

10. Go  past  job  descriptions and selection criteria and find out what the real truth is about       jobs.  It  is  amazing  how  the  different  language  can  mean  the  same  thing. More         importantly,  go  beyond  the  mask of words and find out what is required and what sort       of person they are seeking.

11. Ask  employers or interested parties about their track record in developing the capability       and  employability  of  their  people. Ask them to tell you stories of what they have done       for  their  people. It is  often  fruitful  in  having key managers describe their vision for the       future  and how they see you as being a part of it.  When securing a job offer make sure       you  agree  performance targets and success indicators up front.  Remember, your goal       must  be to  finish  your time with them, infinitely more marketable and employable than       you are today.

12. Check in with your values when you change your career, or undertake a different project.
     Much of  the  dissatisfaction  occurs when people perform duties that are in conflict with       their personal values.

13. Never  rely  solely  on  the  interview,  headhunter,  or  resume  for  hiring.  Make  it your       business  to  meet  and  discuss  your  career  in  advance  with  people  who  have  an       influence on  the  final  decision. Where  appropriatemake time to see them, even if it is       for only 10 minutes.

14. Put  your  hand up to develop your skills within existing jobs. This is the most likely way       that  any  career  change will begin. Start out by learning new skills and promoting what       you have to others. Offering to do a trial run can never be underestimated either.

15. If  people  feel  you  are  over  qualified highlight how your additional skills could be used
     in  work which could add value to their business. If you feel under qualified, go back and       explore your history

16. Part-time  or  freelance  work  could  be  the  bes option. This could give you the time to       open up new horizons, opportunities and contacts.

17. You  must  be  fanatical  about  self-discipline.  Approach  career transition seriously by       allocating  sufficient  time  to do your research, eat well, rest and have fun.  It should be       treated  as  a  full-time  job,  spending  at  least  40  hours  a  week on the task at hand       whether it is cold calling, networking, studying or meeting people.

18. Your  keenness  and  temperament  will be your most marketable commodity. The more       positive  exchanges  you  can have,  the  more  chances  of making positive information       while  finding out vital details.  So remember to show common courtesy, listen carefully,       smile, and dress appropriately.              

19. When  you  miss  out  for something you are aiming for, send them a thank you letter or       card.  It is  amazing how this can open up a new job offer or a new lead. Better still; see       if you can get some form of post interview counselling.

20. See  career  transition  as a  learning  process  and  not  as  a pass or fail.  Review your       current  strategy.  Where  possible  have  a  mentor  or  career  adviser  provide  honest       feedback to your tactics. Always  thank people for their time and remember to use their       names at least twice.

    Rylatt, A. (1997) Navigating the Frenzied World of Work.
           Sydney, Australia: Woodslane

  By Alastair Rylatt (Human Resources Consultant)
  9th March 2004

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