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Improve your job search and increase your job opportunities with the advice in these videos.
You Will Need
- A pen and paper
- Internet access
- Friends and associates
List goals and values
List your career goals and personal values on a piece of paper. Consider how you fit with a company, what energizes you, and what you need to survive and thrive in a career.
Write down your accomplishments and personal strengths. Evaluate your transferable skills, such as leadership qualities and verbal communication.
Research and interview
Research companies online. Interview friends and associates from other fields for their perspectives on different opportunities and work environments.
Analyze the characteristics, profiles, and goals of companies and positions that match your professional aspirations and make a game plan.
Network to find a fit
Use your network of friends, family, former colleagues, and business associates to gain access to decision makers in targeted companies.
Execute the plan
Craft a brief, well-written cover letter to illustrate your professionalism and communication skills. Get your resume read by human resources and secure an interview.
Interview and negotiate
Interview for the job with confidence. Explain why you are changing careers, and ask lots of questions. Negotiate to land at the high end of a fair price range for your services.