Are you overwhelmed by all the job search information out there? The internet is truly an amazing place … especially when you’re looking online for articles to help you find a job. But maybe it’s a little too amazing at times.
How do you make sense of all the job search articles coming at you? From career websites and career blogs and job search support groups and almost any other source that decides to write about how to help you search for that job you really need.
Help me. I’m drowning in job search advice!
There’s just so MUCH of it out there! And each site thinks they have the PERFECT job search article you’ve always wanted to read. Ok. I guess I’m guilty of this, too.
But there is definitely good information out there that can make a real difference to your job hunt. So how do you figure out which articles to pay attention to and what to let go of?
Especially since articles can offer conflicting advice. Or insist that this one thing will be the most important thing you’ve ever read. And that was exactly what the last article you read on another site about another topic told you!
Try building a job search resource center
I think it pays to read a variety of articles from different sites (I hope mine is one of them), and then bookmark your favorites in your job search folder (good to set up if you don’t already have). You can then return to them every now and then for inspiration, advice, and any specific suggestions / references / resources you can’t recall.
Otherwise the endless articles and endless advice can overwhelm even the most organized job seeker. And even those of us who write about job search. In building your personal resource center, here are some suggested job search help topics (with links to a few helpful articles):
Phew! Seems like a lot, doesn’t it? But if you promise yourself to collect no more than 3 – 5 articles for each topic, you’ll have a great easy-access resource center for your job search (what was the name of that new non-profit job board I read about?), and also help keep you from being driven nuts by every new “absolutely essential” article that comes along.
And if something new does come along that feels better than any of the ones you already have, just replace one of the old ones. (Not a time to become a hoarder. the idea is to make this easier for yourself.)
Of course, you still have to figure out which job search articles have the best information. You’ll just have to trust your gut on that. Hopefully, after a while, you’ll get a sense of which ones make sense, and which ones are just there to make headlines.
For me, one of the best tip-offs of quality advice is a reasoned approach that draws on real experience where possible, rather than saying this is absolutely the ONLY answer. Even the best job search advice has to be nuanced, since the most effective course of action for your exact situation is rarely a cookie-cutter answer.
I leave you with one more caution
The confusing part is that I have read advice from some of the most caring and knowledgeable career “experts” out there (some of them my friends), and they don’t always agree. We don’t always agree.
But usually the differences are mostly things job search “experts” argue about, and not all that important to you, as long as you take the time to prepare and put together a solid job search approach for yourself. In the end, you just have to figure out what feels right for you.
Odds are, you’ll be more than fine.
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