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Summary Sunday: Beginning, Continuing and Ending Your Job Search

On Sunday’s I share links to posts I’ve read and valued during the past week.  These resources are current and relevant to anyone making a change or interested in improving how you look for a new job and how you manage your career!

Deciding To Do Something Different

5 Ways to Change Careers by Fishdogs

Craig Fisher provides excellent, actionable steps to identify new options and bridge skill/experience gaps!

Electronic Communication

3 Secrets to Sending a LinkedIn Invitation That Works Everytime from CareerRocketeer

If you don’t know the person you are trying to connect with on LinkedIn well, you MUST customize your invite. I know, I know.  When you are using your mobile phone, it may not always let you customize this invitation.  My advice. Wait until you are at your computer and send the invite then!  Joshua Waldman’s provides 3 tips for crafting a better, smarter, more compelling invite.

7 Ways to Use Email to Nab a Job from On Careers

Miriam Salpeter talks about 7 ways to use email to make your job search more effective! And after you read that, please read What? You Aren’t Using an Email Signature.

Motivation

Monday Morning Pep Talk: Create Your Own Opportunities from Launch While Working

I love what Tai Goodwin is doing here! A positive mindset sets the tone- this post provides an audio affirmation and questions to get you motivated and moving forward positively! Additionally, this site is all about starting a business while employed. Follow @EmployedPreneur on Twitter or subscribe to this site to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Starting A New Job

How Can I optimize My First Day on the Job? from Ask The Headhunter® | Nick Corcodilos

It isn’t as easy as it sounds. One commenter sites a statistic that goes like this:

“One in 25 new employees quits on the first day…

-Kevin Sheridan, “Building a Magnetic Culture.”

In fact, Nick goes on to say:

the correlation between performance in a job interview and performance on the job is about ZERO.

Please, you’ve worked so hard to land this job, don’t blow it.  It isn’t as easy as you think to hold on to the job, so take control of everything you can!

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