City Slicker’s Alternative Business Career Search Alert!

Serious job seekers may be surprised to learn that their most exciting alternative business career search options could best be uncovered in small town America.

The Milken Institute, a private think tank, annually ranks the job growth in cities, according to Time Magazine. 11 of the top 20 cities had populations well under 1 million.

The study showed that many smaller regions share characteristics that act as job magnets. These include lower costs, tax breaks for employers, funding for entrepreneurs and a deepening pool of skilled and educated workers.

Many are college towns, seats of government, or home to a big company that nourishes others. Thanks to the internet and to satellite technology, a company in Iowa can be as connected as one in Los Angeles.

So, if you thought all the job opportunities are to be found in large cities exclusively, the evidence shows the contrary is true. And if you’re looking around, this may be the right time to consider that small town environment you always dreamed about.

Job seekers who once thought their alternative business career search was in major cities and turned their noses up at small town positions . . . well, times have changed and now they’re eagerly seeking small town opportunities while pickings in the big cities are suddenly slimmer.

How do these towns come up with desirable jobs? How can they fulfill your alternative business career search aspirations?

Companies don’t move to these small towns on a whim. It generally takes money in the form of incentives. For example, Arkansas has spent $700 million on roads and airports around Fayetteville over the past decade. Cities like Fort Myers and Santa Fe offer tax abatement packages to big and small business in exchange for creating jobs.

If you’re in the job market, small town America may be your best alternative business career search choice. Of course, acclimating to smaller-town life can take time, especially for former city slickers. But, for a lot of folks, their biggest concern is that small town job opportunities may suddenly get very popular.

Whatever your geographical preferences, there’s one very important tip you’ll need to understand. You will NOT be successful if you insist on using old-fashioned job search techniques!

That’s because hiring decision-makers in small towns or large cities are not going to rely on your resume to make a hiring decision about you. That means you must be prepared to take advantage of powerful alternative job search strategies.

For example, you must discover how to develop and nuture “career partners.” These invaluable personal contacts can literally bring opportunities right to your doorstep. And you can be in the enviable position of selecting your next job rather than settling for it.

“Career partners” is just one of the many innovative techniques that can have you entertaining high-paying job offers in as little as two weeks!

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Job Search Blues? You Need To Get Deprogrammed!

I’ll bet I know exactly why you have job search blues.

You’ve spent a lot of time writing and rewriting your resume till you have it fine-tuned and ready for the job market. Then you distributed it to several job sites like Monster and HotJobs. You answered a bunch of job opening ads and mailed or emailed your resume directly some companies. You even contacted some agencies and recruiters. Maybe you went to a job fair.

The reason for the job search blues is that, after all the work you’ve put into this campaign you still don’t have anything to show for it.

Oh sure, you got some responses. Probably some TNT (thanks but no thanks) letters. Maybe some requests for additional information. Or an invitation to participate in a multi-level marketing scheme or two. You may have even been invited to come in for an interview or two where you answered all their questions and jumped through all their hoops.
But you’re weeks into your job campaign and you still don’t have a job offer. Just some tantalizing possibilities. And you definitely have the job search blues.

Whoa! Stop everything! It’s time to get deprogrammed!

You see, the reason you have the job search blues is very simple. You’re doing it all wrong! The approach you’re taking is the old-fashioned last century method when you could make the numbers work for you by mass distributing of your resume.

But it’s a new century. Times have changed. And so have the expectations of employers.

Back then they used to rely on the information in your resume to make informed decisions about you. Not anymore. Today’s savvy employers are looking for a lot more than what you used to do for someone else. They expect you to come to the table ready to discuss how you can help them solve problems and advance their organization.

No one is going to hire you on the basis of your resume! I know that’s tough to swallow especially when you’ve worked so hard to prepare it. The facts are an employer is going to hire you because he/she sees you as a productive member of the team.

So part of your deprogramming is to reverse the whole misinformed job search concept you’ve been laboring under. Instead of starting with your resume, you start by identifying the employers you’d like to work for. Then you research them to discover what their needs and expectations are. And, finally, you take advantage of innovative alternative job search strategies to meet face-to-face with them without all the resume and interviewing hoopla.

How do you do that?

Fortunately there’s a remarkable system that can show you how to meet face-to-face with hiring decision-makers of your choice in a matter of days. And lock up a high-paying job in as little as two weeks. Now that should relieve your job search blues fast!

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Job Search Secrets: Living Outside Your Comfort Zone

Even if you don’t love your job, there is something very comfortable about going to work each day. After a few months or a few years with a company, you know what’s going on. You’re aware of all the players, understand where the real power is concentrated, and know how to approach your coworkers and supervisors to keep everything running smoothly.

When you lose your job, you are faced with the great unknown. While there is the potential for all kinds of positive developments, there is also a lost and alien landscape around you. The comfort zone that allowed you to move calmly through the day, without constantly checking your radar to try to figure out what’s happening, has evaporated.

How do we survive outside our comfort zone without stressing ourselves into a constant state of anxiety, nervous exhaustion, or unhealthy frustration?

Here are some strategies to try.

1. Practice makes perfect.

Doing something new always makes us nervous. We don’t want to make mistakes. We don’t want to look foolish. We want to look competent, relaxed, and cool.

Comfort and confidence in a new activity only comes with repetition and small successes. As you start your job search, concentrate on one avenue at a time so you keep repeating activities that gradually start to feel familiar.

If you are going to start with following up on classifieds, for example, start making your telephone inquiries with the least attractive ad. Keep calling all the way up to the most promising-sounding opportunity. You will find that each call gets a little easier and each time you sound a little more relaxed.

If you are going to register with employment agencies, again start with the least appealing. While filling out all the paperwork, taking tests, and interviewing with a representative can quickly become tedious, it will become a more and more familiar routine. By the time you reach your primary agencies, you will have your ducks in a row, all the necessary information at your fingertips, breeze through the screening, and make a far more positive self-presentation than at your first contact.

The same rule holds true when you are networking (and I hope you are!) It is best not to start with the people you think are the most promising. Start with people who make you the least nervous: family, close personal friends, former coworkers. As you practice your script and start to feel comfortable describing your situation and defining what you are seeking, you can move towards those more formal contacts who you suspect may be most helpful. The practice you have had will allow you to project yourself in a poised, polished manner.

2. Give it a try.

Often when I ask a client to do a specific activity, I get the response: “I could never do that!” Take a few moments before you dismiss anything out of hand. If a job search technique is presented which seems daunting, at least obtain as much information as you can about the details of exactly how to do it.

Vague advice to “Just walk in and introduce yourself” is not very helpful. You need to obtain specific actions, scripts, and, if possible, practice what you are going to say with a friend, a counselor, or, at the very least, a tape recorder and a mirror.

If you have access to a counselor through school, an agency, or a government office, pin them down for specifics. Ask them to role play with you so you can fully understand how to perform. Believe me, they will be delighted with your interest and enthusiasm as they deal all day with people who don’t want to know details or learn how to do something but just expect the counselor to “get me a job.”

If you have no access to a professional, at least buy a book or two. Skim through them first to make sure that they give you the nuts and bolts in specific steps rather than a more generalized view of career decisions.

Once you have the specifics of a technique, follow suggestion number 1 – repeat many times to determine if it becomes easier and more comfortable with time and practice.

3. Assess your performance objectively.

When we are looking for work, we tend to put pressure on ourselves by thinking that we “have to” do something. While there are some very effective job search techniques, and some others that are not so valuable, it is important that you include your personal style in the equation.

If you are a gregarious, outgoing friendly-with-everyone type, you will doubtlessly do well at job fairs, cold calling, and heavy networking with everyone you speak to. If you are shy and find approaching a stranger emotional agony, take that into account and concentrate on classifieds, agencies, and networking only with very familiar people. If job interviews turn you into a gelatin dessert, no matter how prepared you are, temporary work may be an excellent direction for you as you then have the chance to “interview” for a permanent position simply by quietly doing a good job.

The best job search strategies in the world only work if they fit your individual style. Don’t be afraid to try new techniques and give them enough trial and error to see if they are effective for you. But also don’t be afraid to discard any tactics that raise your blood pressure, give you heartburn, or make you feel that a root canal without anesthesia would be preferable.

Freeing yourself from those internal “shoulds” and “ought tos” can go a long way towards making you more relaxed, less stressed, and feeling more positive about yourself and your future. The old saying that “There’s more than one way to skin a cat” applies to your job search campaign also. There are many roads you can travel and all can be successful if you maintain a positive attitude and take care of your own needs and preferences.

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