A positive attitude can make all the difference during a job search.
General job boards, such as Monster,
may be best for lower-level positions.
Industry-specific job sites and recruiters
are extremely valuable.
Networking is always time well spent.
Be proactive: Take the time to do research about prospective employers.
Whether you are the richest person
in the world or the poorest, whether
you are lucky enough to have a job or
are on the verge of desperation after
being out of work for a year, you can
still control your attitude. Maintaining
a positive mental attitude will make a
tremendous difference in your search.
Our country is going through tough
times, and you can either let it get you
down or you can stay positive.
I cannot promise that being positive will yield different results in your
search process; however, I can promise
you that being negative will hurt you
more than any other action that you
can take. And you must approach the
search for a new opportunity the same
way you would a regular 9-5 job. Get
up in the morning, go through your
routine of getting ready, plan your
day’s activities, and execute.
Where to Look
Some proven techniques exist for
uncovering golden opportunities in
the public and private arenas. The
public arena contains job information
anyone is privy to, including listings
in newspapers, such as The Wall Street
Journal, and anything else in printed
form. The jobs there are definite
openings; print is not an inexpensive
method of advertising a position.
Public information also includes
convoluted and time-consuming job
boards such as Monster, Career Builder
and similar sites that are general resume
banks. These sites have cheapened the
hiring process tremendously by devalu-
ing candidates to the point that they are
not even pieces of paper, but cyberdung
that can be disposed of with the click of
a button. They are mostly effective for
lower-level positions. I am not saying
you shouldn’t use them; I am saying that
other methods may be more effective
uses of your time. However, job sites
such as the CFA’s Career Center and those
run by other industry associations often
provide highly niched job boards that are
very good and extremely valuable. They
are industry-specific, not widely traveled
and therefore are extremely effective.