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Job-Hunting in a Weak Job Market: 5 Strategies for Staying Upbeat (and Improving Your Chances of Success)
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

For many job-seekers, searching for a new job is a stressful experience. The end result, though, is usually a positive one in which the job-seeker is rewarded for his or her past accomplishments with a better job—a job that has more prestige, higher pay, and perhaps with a better organization.


Don't Let Employment Statistics Dampen Your Spirits

What's in a number? Hearing the latest unemployment statistics can quickly douse a job seeker's motivation. If you manage to avoid reading the headlines, odds are you see or hear negative news in some other form of media. It can be challenging to look beyond the numbers and stay focused. Here are some strategies you can adopt to see the bigger picture and stay on track.


Now What?: The Young Person's Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career
by Nicholas Lore

When only 30% of college graduates report being satisfied with their careers, there's a big market for a book like Now What? With a whopping 70% chance that you will not land in the perfect career, you need expert coaching. Of course, reality dictates that many people will end up moving on to plan B when things don't work out as expected. But learning about your unique abilities and the specific careers where they can flourish saves valuable time and effort. Whether you're young and looking for guidance on how to design a prosperous and fulfilling career or you're seasoned and looking to transition into something more satisfying, Lore's strategies will reignite your passion and commitment.


Q. I noticed that one of the guys I work with has been making flirty eyes at me. I like him. He's funny and smart, and a lot of other people in our department seem to be dating. I've always heard that's a bad idea. If the company is OK with it though, is there any reason not to pursue this?

A. Office romances can create a number of complications. First, before you ever consider it, you need to be sure that the power-balance is equal. You can create a number of problems for yourself if you start a relationship with somebody you manage either directly or indirectly. Even though you mention a number of people are dating, you should still check to see if your company has a policy regarding employees dating. You need to make sure that you won't be distracted at work. You're there to get a job done, not to socialize, so if you're the type that can be easily lured into distractions, you should avoid this. Company tools like e-mail may be read by your employer, so be sure to keep your e-mails professional unless you want to share your mash notes with your boss. Finally consider what will happen if things don't work out. You'll still be seeing this person and you may still need to work closely with them. Even if you're sure that you will be able to rise above that kind of awkwardness, can you be sure that the subject of your affection will be able to do the same?

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