||How To Start A Job Search
By Nick Corcodilos
If youre searching for a job, consider this Zen
koan, or paradox.
A man sees our Zen hero, Nasrudin, down
on his knees groping around in the dirt. "What are you looking for?" asks the
man. "My keys," replies Nasrudin. The man kneels down to help search. "Are
you sure you lost them in this vicinity?" asks the man. "No, I lost them in my
house," says Nasrudin. "Then, why are you looking here?" asks the man.
"Because," answers Nasrudin, "the light is better here."
Too often, people search for jobs where
the jobs "seem to be", and they adopt the commonly accepted job hunting methods.
When you think carefully about what Nasrudin is doing, youll find that hes
being both silly and smart. His keys are of course not where hes searching; but the
light is, indeed, better there.
Ask the difficult questions.
Zen koans are intended to make us think; not to provide easy answers. When you start your
job search, dont skip the obvious questions. But, dont let convention keep you
from addressing the difficult ones...
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Fearless Job Hunting
Your Job Search
Myth-Busting Answers For Fearless Job Hunters:
- Introduction: How to start a job search
- The myth of the last-minute job search
- Changing careers 1-2-3 (and 4)
- How to start job hunting now
- Can old experience win a new job?
- Why should I stay at my company?
- I'm losing my job!
- How do I say I got fired?
- How do I explain being unemployed?
- Why can't I keep a good job?
- How can I change careers mid-stream?
PLUS: 8 How to Say It tips
PLUS: 9 sidebars packed with advice to give you the insider's edge!
Your Job Search
is the brutally honest, forthright and insightful
headhunter who serves up tough love to job seekers
while taking job boards and others to the
woodshed." U.S. News & World
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