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Recession-Proof Your Job Search

January 20, 2009

PricewaterhouseCoopers offers "10 Tips to Recession-Proof Your Job Search" on tips target recent college grads, but can really apply to anyone who is trying to get a fresh start on their career.

They include:

*Network. Start with people you know, including relatives and friends. The more people who let know you are seeking employment, the more people will keep their eyes out for jobs.

*Know the ins and outs of the field you want to go into. Ask about the kind of job you want and what you need to do to get it. Stepping outside of college, this could be useful for people who recently were laid off put have skills they may be able to use in other fields. Set up news alerts for the companies where you are applying so it does not appear that you are blindly sending your resume to everyone.

*Visit career services. Even people who have already graduated can learn a thing or two from their alma matter. These include job databases, resume critiquing, mock interviewing sessions and workshops.

*Volunteer. It opens up the door for other opportunities while giving back to others who are suffering from the bad economy.

*Keep a positive attitude and show you are willing to go the extra mile for that organization. This could be the hardest part of the search, especially after months of unemployment.

More details on these and other job-search tips, offered by career strategist Lindsey Pollak, can be found at

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