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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, everyone is thinking about
what he or she treasures most in life. But if you're spending the holiday
season unsuccessfully looking for work, it can seem like there's little
to be thankful for.

Before throwing in the towel, consider these tips for turning around a
few thankless job search scenarios:

Writing or updating a résumé
A résumé is a job seeker's one must-have item. But few professionals
relish the thought of sitting down for an hour ... or two ... or three
... to draft this document from scratch. Even updating an existing résumé
can be a chore if it's been hidden in the bottom drawer of your desk for
half a dozen years.

Save yourself the headache by updating your résumé continually. Did you
recently finish a large project at work? Update your résumé. Learn a new
software program? Update your résumé. Work pro bono for a nonprofit?
Update your résumé. You get the drift: Don't wait until you're in the job
market to work on this document.

Updating your résumé as your professional life evolves will make the
process easier. At the same time, you'll also always have an up-to-date
version on hand, which can be especially important if you find yourself
in the job market unexpectedly. And you won't be in danger of forgetting
the details about a noteworthy professional accomplishment years later.

Never hearing back from employers
One of the most frustrating feelings is identifying a job you know you're
perfect for, submitting your application materials ... and then hearing
nothing from the company.

Unfortunately, you may find yourself in this situation from time to time.
Some companies do not respond to all job applicants, particularly when
they receive a high volume of résumés. But you can improve your odds of
hearing back, even if you simply get confirmation that your résumé was
received.

If it's been a couple of weeks since you applied for a job, and you
haven't received an update on the status of your application, follow up
with the employer to emphasize your continued interest in the position.
Often, this small step will prompt a response from the hiring manager.
More important, you'll put your name on the hiring manager's radar and
even may persuade the person to give your résumé and cover letter a
second look.

Interviewing but not getting a job offer
You answered the hiring manager's questions perfectly, and the two of you
hit it off right away. You know you're a lock for the job, but then you
learn that it went to someone else.
You can reduce the likelihood of this happening the next time you
interview with a potential employer in a couple of easy ways. First,
consider asking the hiring manager for honest feedback about your
interview performance. You might say something like, "I'm sorry to hear I
didn't get the job. Do you have any advice for how I could improve my
chances next time?" Not every employer will be candid with you, but you
could gain valuable insight from the ones who are.

Also, remember to practice, practice, practice. Although the thought may
make you uncomfortable, conducting a mock interview with a friend or
family member can help you iron out any rough spots and build confidence
for the main event.

There's no sugar-coating it: The job search process can often prove
frustrating. But by taking a few simple steps, you can sidestep some of
the challenges that contribute to this feeling and increase the
likelihood that the next job you pursue is the one you land.

				
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