8 Job-Hunting Secrets

A handful of practical tips to guide you in your job search.

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[step-item number=”1.” image_url=”” title=”Pull all your contacts and catalogue” ] all those loose business cards. You never know. Something may spark an idea. Send them an email.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2.” image_url=”” title=”Get some blank business cards” ]  made with your name, email and contact information.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3.” image_url=”” title=”There are strict deadlines for Cobra and health insurance.” ] Make sure you’re aware of these. Too many people miss them.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4.” image_url=”” title=”Check out unemployment benefits,” ] regardless of your situation or salary. You never know. There are many people who are eligible who never claim useful benefits.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”5.” image_url=”” title=”Make sure visas and work permits” ] are all in order if applicable.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”6.” image_url=”” title=”See a financial advisor.” ] Even if you can’t afford to keep someone on retainer, most mutual funds and banks will give you a free consultation. Free websites like mint.com will help you keep track of finances as well.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”7.” image_url=”” title=”Send a thank you note to your boss and colleagues” ] that you enjoyed working with, and ask them to keep you top-of-mind if they hear of any positions you’d be right for.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”8.” image_url=”” title=”Write down what you are looking for” ] and what your intention is. Make your list. Read it every day. Intention is a very strong force.[/step-item]

Ariane de Bonvoisin is the author of the book, The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier and the founder of www.first30days.com, a site dedicated to helping people through more than 60 different life changes.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest