Job Search Help

by Marilyn J. Tellez, M.A.

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Most English speakers have heard the expression, "Two heads are better than one." The saying rings ever more true with job seekers.

Think of this. The lonely job seeker is attempting to find a job by himself or herself. The tedious job of filling out applications, composing a good resume, answering ads and pounding the pavement to find a job is enough to depress any lone job seeker.

However, teaming up with a buddy can work wonders. The pal you find does not have to be looking for the same kind of job that you are. The purpose for being pals is to:

  1. Provide a measure of emotional support.

  2. Pass on possible job leads.

  3. Shore up weaknesses, such as resume building.

  4. Combine research and resources. One person drives to an interview with their pal, and the next time, the pal drives. With this method, there's less chance of nervousness and it saves gas.

  5. Provides a sense of perspective and humor. It's hard to be gloomy with a partner who needs you to be upbeat.

  6. Each person can serve as an analyst about what is working well and what is not working so well in the job search.

  7. Pals can become friends after one gets a job. A good pal roots for you to stay on the job.

Marilyn J. Tellez, M.A. is a Certified Career Coach. Visit her website or call (509) 469-3514. Coming soon! An article on her website by Kate Duttro on PROPOSALS, not resumes.

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