February 6: Your Money Matters - Job Hunting Tips
Learn new skills
It's easy to become a creature of habit and follow the industry skills you learned 15 years ago. The problem with this mindset is that new information is constantly being published. If you've been unemployed for over a year, you need to step out of your comfort zone and learn new skills that will help your career.
Don't get discouraged
People have stopped looking for jobs because they are discouraged. No one said job hunting is easy. But when you focus on the jobs you didn't get offered, you'll only feel disappointment. The adage, "attitude is everything," is especially true in job searching.
Though the Chicago job market is trending upwards, this doesn't mean that the salary you received before the recession will be the salary you receive today. You need to weigh your perceptions with reality and come to terms with the possibility of accepting a lower paycheck.
Utilize Job Boards
In the age of social media, most candidates think that job boards are obsolete. This is simply not the case. Put your most updated resume on websites like Monster and Career Builder. HR departments and recruiters still use these outlets to list open positions.
Don't pretend to know more than you do
If you feel under-qualified for a position, don't tell the interviewer that you're an expert. Acknowledge that you have more to learn in that area and explain how you would go about doing so. Not knowing is okay, but making something up or pretending to know is not.
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