Posted April 24, 2008 by

Jump start your stalled job search

Reprinted courtesy of TheCareerNews.com
NEW YORK, NY — Here are smart strategies that could jump start your stalled job search and boost your sagging spirits. The key: Treat your hunt like a business problem. Package yourself based on a frank reassessment of your strengths and weaknesses.


You can target possible employers better by figuring out and promoting what sets you apart. “Build your personal brand,” advises William Brown, a senior managing director for an arm of DBM, a New York human-resources consultancy. Ask yourself and acquaintances, “Why is this product not selling?” recommends Dave Opton, CEO of ExecuNet, of Norwalk, Conn.
One reason may be a flawed resume. Make sure that your resume is doing the job. Even tiny fixes enhance the appeal, such as an easy-to-read format and plenty of white space. A professionally written resume counts more than an attractive typeface. Listing your cell phone and private e-mail address signals that you’re ready for employer contacts outside normal hours. Your career summary should be specific enough that HR officials can easily pinpoint your abilities.
Article abridged from The Wall Street Journal, and reprinted from TheCareerNews.com. Get the latest breaking News, Tips and Tools for your job search, Free!

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