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New Year, New Job Search Strategy

New Year, New Job Search Strategy

Sun Sentinel

Find a connection

Use your creativity to connect with the organization, Shea says. Think about how you could get connected to the organization: Who do you know there? Who use to work there?

Find blogs about the organization to pick up information. “If you can make a friend with someone on the insider, it’s much easier. Then you have a mentor,” Shea says.

Lori Welch, laid off in July after 21 years with the same employer, found an industry contact on LinkedIn.com, the professional networking site. He referred her to Fort Lauderdale-based AlphaStaff after receiving an e-mail from one of his contacts there. Welch was recently hired.

“It had been 10 to 12 years since I saw him,” said Welch, who recently started her new job as a human resources manager for the staffing firm.

Tell the employer how much you want to work for them.

“Some job hunters are afraid to tell people that ’I’d love to work here,’” Shea says. “When you get turned down, ask to be kept in mind if anything else comes up. Check back in three or four months. Organizations love to hire people who truly want to work there.”

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