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The Best Job-Hunting Tips for Executives

Do a Google search for “job” and “tips” and you get nearly 200 million results.

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Everyone, it seems, has some advice to offer you if you’re looking for a job.

There are inspirational poems. Haikus. And "duh" tips like: Unemployed people should clip coupons.

We sorted through the mounds of advice out there — so you don't have to — and came up with the six best, most actionable pieces of advice for job seekers.

How to Keep Your Confidence Up. Most people are pretty confident in the early stages of their job search. But as unemployment drags on, confidence begins to wane. Once the doubt starts to creep in, you turn on yourself. Workplace columnist Anita Bruzzese offers some tips to avoid the downward spiral, including “keep a list of your skills” and “stop blaming yourself.”

Sure, age discrimination is illegal, but looking younger still matters. And we’re not talking about Botox and a bright-colored tie. Being perceived as younger can give you an edge in an interview. TheLadders.com offers a few tips for shaving 10 years off your image. “If you are over 40, I want you on Facebook today,” writes Stephen Viscusi, the author of “Bulletproof Your Job.” Your other homework assignments are to visit your local Apple store and watch an episode of “Family Guy.” Brilliant.

Mine Your Former Company's Network. If you're already using social-networking sites, congratulations. Now it's time to take it to the next level. If you're connected to executives at your former company using a site like Linked In, mine their networks for executives at other companies in your field, says one tipster on LayOffMoveOn.com, who found three job leads this way. It saves you time on research — and highlights organizations that respect your former company.

The Ultimate Job-Search Tool. You know what sets you apart from the world’s richest man, Bill Gates? 1) He would never say he’s “not tech savvy.” And 2) He knows how to manage his time — using technology. It’s not enough just to peruse news and other sites relevant to your field. That takes a lot of time. What would Bill Gates do? He’d use an RSS feed, that’s what. It basically uses technology to comb the Web for the information that is critical to you — and your job search. Careerealism.com calls it “the ultimate career tool.” Complete with how-to video.

Positions That Are in Demand. If the jobs lost in your field aren’t coming back anytime soon, it may be time for a career switch. But, it’s not enough to just think of what else you might be interested in. You’ve got to find out where the demand is right now, and then choose your new career path from that list. CareerVoyages.com keeps track of all the latest news articles on where the hot jobs are. One of the latest lists shows college professors and intelligence analystsare in the top 10 right now.

To calculate the salary for these fields, check out Job Central’s salary calculator.

10 Reasons That Your Job Search Isn’t Working. You think you’re doing all the right things but you’re still not finding that next job. Maybe it’s time to consider that maybe you’re NOT doing all the right things. Sorry, sir. Someone had to tell you. Liz Ryan, Yahoo’s “Savvy Networker” columnist, offers 10 reasons why your job search may not be working, including the fact that you may be out of sync with the marketor you’re asking potential employers what you’re good at — instead of telling them.

Read it. Regroup.

It’s important not to get lost in the overgrowth of useless information out there that will suck your time like a vacuum. But, job hunting is very stressful and you do need a little comic relief now and again. Check out "Letters to Your Former Employer"Read ‘em, then write your own!

Just don’t mail it.

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