For those of you who are seeking employment, our guest author, Marie Duprey asks the following questions:
1. Have you reached out to your 50 warmest buddies to update them on what you’re currently doing ? 

Otherwise, send an email to your 50 closest friends, family, old clients and ex-colleagues to update them. Don’t contact them simply to send a “with your resume” seeking job leads, simply update them in order that they know your position.

2. If I glanced your Linked-In profile, would I understand you are
searching for job opportunities? Would I know what you are looking to do?

3. Are you currently posting some type of update on Linked-In at least one
time a week? (i.e. so that you are subtly on people’s radar.)  

Otherwise, get into the habit of posting something of value once per week.  Post status updates which would be valuable in your network, answer a question inside the answers section to demonstrate your expertise or put  in a valuable comment in a discussion within one of the groups you’re part  of.

4. Are you ‘out and about’ at least one time a week meeting people one on
Otherwise, schedule time within the next week in order to meet with
ex-colleagues, clients and friends over coffee – lunch – drinks only to
get up to date.  You’ll stay on people’s radar for potential opportunities, often receive
some useful advice, laugh and usually feel much better about yourself than
you would sitting at home looking through project sites all day every day.

5. Do you get in touch with at least two of your fellow job seekers once a
week to share with you ideas and help one another?

6. Have you got a spreadsheet to trace each and every lead, contact or job
you’re pursued?
If not, setup a straightforward spreadsheet to aid to follow progress and
ensure you don’t neglect to follow up on a potential opportunity.

7. Do you religiously and systematically follow up almost every contact,
lead or loose conversation about an opportunity within a day? (two days at
the very latest.)
If not, how may you get more organized and disciplined in your follow-up?

8. Can you have permission to have a bad day or perhaps a bad week?

If not, go easy on yourself. It’s absolutely normal to become a little ‘up
and down’ emotionally when going through a career search or change

Who am i ?: Marie J. Duprey writes for the <a
href=””>human resources career
planning</a> blog. Her mission should be to offer free info to help people
take control of the job search, build confidence and advance their careers
by connecting people looking for work with all the best minds in career
counseling, resume writing, personal branding and recruiting.

We thank Marie for this excellent advice for all the persons out there who are looking for work.  Check out her website listed above for more ideas.  Being organized in pursuing employment is very important.  Good luck to everyone who desperately needs a job!