By Susan P. Joyce
The good news is that there is plenty of very good (free!) information and assistance available to help you find your next job. The bad news is that it will take time to sift through all of it to find what works for you. But, you can, and you will! Let's get started (below)!
First, bookmark this page (or save it as a Favorite) so that you can easily return, and continue reading. The links below will take you to tutorials, articles, and many other Web sites, so you may find yourself "lost" when you try to come back.
Part 1 - Preparation - the process that lays the foundation for an efficient and successful job search. Skipping this foundation step can make your job search take much longer than it would otherwise.
Part 2 - Implementation - a 7-step process to find your next job.
Part 3 - Suspension/Maintenance - after you land your new job, suspend your search efforts, but don't shut down completely. Keep your network alive to help your succeed in your job, and it will be easier to re-start the next time if it's still "warm."
You won't spend all your time in front of your computer (and you really shouldn't!), but you need to feel comfortable. It may also increase your job market "value" and market competitiveness.
Need help or practice? Try these:
Note: Be sure to purchase and install anti-virus and anti-malware software for your computer, and be sure to keep it up to date. Most antivirus software comes with an update subscription that needs to be renewed annually, well worth the price!
An e-mailed resume with a computer virus attached won't be read and won't make a good impression, so keep your computer virus-free and malware-free.
You will survive this process, and you will succeed at finding a great new job! If you're lucky, you will also learn a lot about yourself and make a bunch of new friends in the process. Now, go for it!!
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management since 2012, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.