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November 01, 2013

Defining Your Job Search Direction

As job creation slowly emerges, many professionals are considering new opportunities for the first time in several years. During the economy’s weakest stages, employees cautiously clung to their roles, regardless of dissatisfaction, in order to maintain some form of employment.

Now that growth has surged in nearly all areas and optimism is spreading, you may have finally resolved to commence a search, but find yourself feeling overwhelmed by your decision and unprepared to successfully move forward. Presumably, you’ve determined that your current position and employer are in certain ways inadequate, perhaps with regard to compensation, professional development or interpersonal relationships. Simultaneously, you’ve acknowledged that, for the first time in a while, viable opportunities are available and within reach.

However, because you have been comfortably employed with the same organization for years, you’re disconnected from the latest developments in the job market, including the best strategies to physically locate jobs, present yourself to prospective employers or determine the compensation you deserve.

Published earlier this week, a Harvard Business Review blog post provides valuable direction for professionals who have been comfortably employed for quite some time and now need to upgrade their job search strategies.  We recommend HBR’s tips for anyone returning to the realm of job searching for the first time in a few years.

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