Focusing Your Job Search Strategy

I lost my job 2 months ago and since have been going from office to office looking for work. In the past 2 or 3 weeks I started going to hiring agencies and they don't seem to offer me any luck either. I am a college graduate with management experience and I am running out of ideas on where to find work. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for me, anything would be greatly appreciated.

Sometimes, the "career expert" has more questions than answers - I'm not clear what "going from office to office" means - and "hiring agencies" aren't offering you luck refers to. If you expect a position to fall into your lap - you need to stop, step back and look at what will be more effective than your current job search activities.

Is your resume formatted in a way that highlights your accomplishments to meet the needs of the employers you are trying to impress? Is your communication (often called an elevator speech) clear and concise? Are you focusing your efforts on connecting with people inside companies where your skills will be of benefit?

You need to research companies and job leads, make sure your qualifications fit their needs and then ensure that your communication (verbal and written) conveys that information.

There are many good career support activities in the area that can help you learn techniques and tips to obtain work faster. Check out the listing on the ChicagoJobTalk.info website for a listing of activities and agencies that can help, and stop by the Skokie Public Library to see the resources available there.

Good luck.
The Career Experts @ ChicagoJobs.org

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