An extract from the newest In a Week title – Finding your Next Job

In an economic recession unemployment tends to go up and naturally there are fewer jobs available. In times like this it is necessary to take all the necessary steps to make sure that you go for the most suitable jobs for you as an individual, get selected for interview, then succeed in that interview.

1. Whatever your circumstances, direct your feelings and emotions towards problem-solving behaviour. Avoid self-criticism and the criticism of previous employers.

2. Your CV or résumé is a sales document. Its aim is to get you selected for interview. You are selling yourself.

3. Be honest about yourself. What are your strengths with reference to the jobs you are going for and what are your weaknesses?

4. Be proactive, use networking, apply for jobs in companies you would like to work for but are not yet advertising. Scan newspapers, the internet, magazines etc.

5. Be careful, if not fastidious, about application forms, letters of application and your CV etc.

6. Remain motivated. Do not expect instant success, especially in times of high unemployment.

7. Always research the background of your prospective employer. The more you know about them, the more your CV will impress and the more you can impress the interviewers.

Taken from Finding you Next Job In a Week by Peter Maskrey and Geoff Ribbens. ISBN 9781444178913, RRP £6.99

Posted on: January 21, 2013

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Dr Sandi Mann is Senior Psychology Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and Director of Advantage Psychology, a successful business consultancy based in the North West of England. She is a Chartered Psychologist and has written a number of psychology self-help books. Sandi works with a range of businesses in the private and public sector, helping in areas such as stress management, customer care, deception management and employee motivation. She is also a regular contributor to many professional journals, such as Professional Manager where she writes on issues as diverse as humour in the workplace to emotion management at work.

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