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Over the course of our professional lives - especially us Boomers - the job search process has indeed changed, and at the fundamental level. On a volunteer basis, I have been on two teams coordinating a couple of different local (to the suburban Chicago area) job-search ministries since mid-2004. I've also been a participant in a couple of different professional networking organizations as well over that time period.
What I've found is that everyone you talk to at these meetings has an opinion as to how to execute an effective job search - and all of them have real validity. The only problem is, it can take a newly laid-off person several meetings over the course of several months to acquire all the knowledge and context of why you need to do all of the things you need to do today to land your next position. Then you need to figure out how to use the tools themselves. Well - you need to learn how to use those tools that will work for you on your specific career path, anyway.
It's still a very good idea to attend these meetings, seminars, and so forth from the networking perspective, but you will spend a lot of time gathering and trying to make sense of all of these tips.
Alternatively, you can save yourself a ton of time, and buy this book. Especially if you don't know what a blog is, or how to find and read the right RSS feeds, or how (or why) to tweet. If you don't have an effective LinkedIn profile (or even know what that means), or if your Facebook page is pretty weak from the professional perspective, you need this book. As social networking tools blur the lines between what is considered professional and what is considered personal, you need to be aware. Alison Doyle's book puts all those questions to rest, and in a very approachable way.Read more ›
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