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Job Search Balancing Act: Launching a Job Search While Employed

Job Search Balancing Act: Launching a Job Search While Employed

technical resume writer cartoon image 2 Conducting a job search under any circumstances is no picnic. But managing a job search while you’re employed is brutal. I mean, really, the job search is supposed to be a full-time job for the unemployed. How does that work when you put in 40 or 50 hours each week at your company now? That is why the July 18th #TCFchat discussion topic (at our special time slot of 83pm ET on Twitter) is on topics to help those already employed as they prepare for the job search.

So please join us as we discuss these questions:
1. Will great perks like “paid, paid vacation” (http://www.inc.com/caitlin-berens/start-up-offers-workers-7500-to-take-a-break.html) convince you to stay in your current job, or make the leap to a new job if offered as part of your package?

2. Should you engage with IT or technical recruiters to help you with your job search?

3. How does someone that’s employed prepare themselves for a job search?

4. What expectations should you have when starting your tech job search?

5. Where should you spend the limited amount of time available with your job search?

Whether you are currently in a job search, have recently finished one, or are contemplating getting ready for one, we would love to hear your insight.

If you can’t make the chat, be sure to check back here afterward or check out the Tech Career Forum  LinkedIn group to get a recap of the discussion.

Time Management Practices for the Job Search

Time Management Practices for the Job Search

The job search process is tough enough.

IT career advice from your date Most people make it even more challenging because they go into it without a plan, disorganized, and unaware of the pitfalls that can take a lot of time for little return.

Here’s the link to the Storify story recapping our discussion of time management topics with our Tech Career Forum panel on Twitter (#TCFchat 3pm East on Wed.): http://storify.com/ITtechExec/job-search-time-management#publicize

The Great Job Search Time Management Quandary

The Great Job Search Time Management Quandary

Most candidates are surprised when they discover how quickly time gets away from them during their job search. Even well-prepared candidates are often caught off guard as they find their time slipping into this methaphorical black hole. Undoubtedly, the lack of imposed structure can get to even this best of us. That is why the July 11th #TCFchat discussion topic (3pm ET on Twitter) is on job search time management practices and how to prepare for this quandary.

Personal Brand Assessment: Why You Need One

Personal Brand Assessment: Why You Need One

Each of us, whether we like the phrase “personal branding” or not, has one: who are we, personally, professionally, and so on, and the message that we project. In today’s job market, we are now forced to think about our “communities” and our spheres of “influence,” and how well we engage in those communities is becoming a key component in our careers.

Your Job Search Requirements Statement (Part 2)

Your Job Search Requirements Statement (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the importance of taking the time to elicit requirements for your job search. It seems practical enough, but it is amazing how few job seekers actually do it. They think they have all the requirements in their head, but when pressed, they often aren’t as sure as they thought they were. Just as with any project you are asked to manage, taking the time to document the requirements and scope of the project are the key first steps in achieving a successful outcome.

Job Search Requirements Elicitation (Part 1)

Job Search Requirements Elicitation (Part 1)

When most of us begin a job search, we rush into it without taking the time to really assess where it is we want to go. Typically, all we can think about is, “I just need a job.” “I would like it to be in field X.” We shy away from the idea of writing a short-term goals statement or in eliciting the proper requirements for our project: finding a new position. That is why at ITtechExec, we believe in using project management lifecycle terminology to help guide a client through the job search process.

Executive Job Market Trends & Analysis (aka “Will I Stay or Will I Go?”)

Executive Job Market Trends & Analysis (aka “Will I Stay or Will I Go?”)

ExecuNet recent;y released some excerpts from their upcoming Job Market Intelligence Report for 2012.

The Importance of Resume-Writing Credentials

The Importance of Resume-Writing Credentials

Hiring practices have changed enormously over the last decade as employers gravitate to online postings, resume databases, and automated screening software. Combine these changes with the recent surge in unemployment, and job seekers face a complex and challenging task to create their marketing materials and manage their job search for best results.