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Spending every morning ploughing through the job sites can bring on catatonic schizophrenia. That is actually factually correct, well maybe not in all cases. At best it will set your mood to black for the rest of the day.

If you are one of the lucky ones with a sellable skill set then by all means check the sites and contact the recruiters but don't let that be your only strategy. Recruitment consultants are a useful source of information about the market place and if you have a straight forward CV and a clear idea of the role and salary you are after, they can be an important part of your strategy. However, if you rely too heavily on them you are likely to set yourself up to have your hopes raised by a promising phone call and then dashed as the days turn into weeks and you hear nothing else from them. 

You may find yourself clutching a pillow and weeping, "but he said he'd call" like a spurned teenage girl. The only thing keeping you from sinking into a full blown depression is probably the thought that you didn't really want to work in a basement for a financial services company in Site hill.

In order to turn this frown upside down you will want to think about changing your approach to job hunting from waiting for something to happen to you to being in the driving seat.

5 Golden rules

1. Get some support

A friend, a family member, the pet dog if he's a good listener. Like brain surgery, job hunting is not something you want to attempt at home on your own. This is the time to draw on your support networks. Sometimes another pair of eyes looking over your CV is enough to highlight something that you may not have realised is a faux pas like putting watching telly in your hobbies section. If you have no pets or friends and you hate your family I would invest in a career coach. I know a great one :-)

2. Think about what you want to be doing in a role

What are your strengths? What are you good at? How can you capitalise on these in your approach to finding work? The more excited you feel about a potential job the more energy you will have to get it.

3. Think about your "provided thats"

I will accept a job in Sitehill provided that the salary covers the additional cost in the commute and as long as the office natural light. Thinking about what you are not willing to do can help you clarify what you want and what you are willing to do to get it.

4.  Create a plan

Once you are clear what you want and clear where you are willing to compromise, think about what can I now do to make it happen? What research could I do? What existing networks do I have that I could use? Who do I need to contact in this organisation? What is the best way of contacting them. A phone call  from someone who knows what they want and is enthusiastic enough to find out about the company they want to work for, will have a greater impact than an email from someone in a catatonic schizophrenic state.

5 Take action

Once you are clear what you want, think about all the direct and indirect ways you can create the opportunities to make it happen.  Create a target audience of 10 employers. How can you make yourself more visible to your target employers? Pick up the phone, learn how to build your profile using a a blog or twitter account, attend a networking event.

I hope you've found this helpful. If there is anything in this weeks blog that you would like to discuss get in touch. For more helpful job hunting hints tune in next week.

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