Bottom line: don’t settle for what happens to be advertised.
These spots are lower-level, and it is too easy to screen you out.
Use your network.
Remember to follow good etiquette – see last week’s post on The Right Way To Reconnect With Old Networking Contacts.
By reaching out you are controlling your brand – no “whatever happened to Jim?”
People want to help, but if they don’t know you’re around, they won’t think of you when they have information that could be helpful.
Don’t forget: it is up to you to make sure friends and colleagues know your qualifications and interests the way you are positioning yourself now, not what they happen to remember from 10 years ago.
Caroline Ceniza-Levine is a career expert, writer, speaker and co-founder of SixFigureStart (www.sixfigurestart.com), a career coaching firm comprised of former Fortune 500 recruiters. Caroline is a co-author (along with Donald Trump, Jack Canfield and others) of the upcoming "How the Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times" due out March 2010; Bascom Hill Books. Formerly in corporate HR and retained search, Caroline most recently headed University Relations for Time Inc and has also recruited for Accenture, Citibank, Disney ABC, and others. Caroline is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Professional Development at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, a life coach (www.thinkasinc.com) and a columnist for CNBC.com, Conde Nast's Portfolio.com, Vault.com, Wetfeet.com and TheGlassHammer.com.
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