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Back to the Basics of Job Hunting

It is not long since the world has seen the economic downfall. One of the first things that come to mind or are seen as an immediate consequence of the economic meltdown is the job losses. With the shrinking of the economic activities, the job market has lost its sheen and the pre-recession times are remembered by one and all. Though the situation is somewhat better in the current times, finding a job requires some planning and effort.

So how does one go about job hunting and what are the tools and techniques which could be used over here? One needs to have patience, and should also maintain regular communication with their contacts. It is better to take consistent efforts when it comes to meeting people. Developing new contacts and being in touch with the existing contacts, will help you to get an idea about what is going on around you. Networking, thus, is one of the significant tools when it comes to job hunting. Also, care should be taken if you depend on more than one contact.

The world today relies on the web like never before. And that is the same in the case with job hunting too! The web opens the door to many opportunities that are out there in the job market. For instance if one is looking for job in San Francisco, then there are many recruitment firms that one may look upon. In fact for the San Francisco Bay area, there are staffing firms which cater to the diverse fields. So depending upon the field you are looking for a job, you could take help form these recruitment agencies as they will help you to match your skills with the job you are looking out for. Whether you are in search of a permanent job, a contract job, or you are looking for working in global companies, these agencies provide all types of employment. They also have option of well defined searches, depending upon the different job categories. Some of the top recruitment firms are Experis, Kelly services, Hire Source, 24 Seven, Aerotek, pstaffing and more.

A well-constructed resume and an effective cover letter is something that should not be neglected at all. A resume has to speak about the work which you have been doing and also the skills you possess. In places like San Francisco, an individual may also have an option to build strong networking with the various groups that focus on the different fields. By taking part in these discussion groups, one may get to meet new people and establish new connections. It also deepens the understanding of the industry.

Another aspect related to job searching is the proper management of time. If you keep the job search as your top priority, then this will help you to take quick steps and thereby increase the chances of getting a job.

Social networking plays a huge role in job search. LinkedIn profile should be built properly so that it attracts attention of the employers. Why not build a profile that clearly highlight your professional accomplishments and also shows your skills and expertise in a crisp and efficient way. LinkedIn could also be useful in making contacts and networking. In short, one may also make use of the web to develop contacts.

About the Author

Dakotta Alex is an entrepreneur in his own right, a business consultant, author, philanthropist and globetrotter.

Over the past 10 years, he has consulted with various organizations such as the Los Angeles Times, Amgen, Disney, Microsoft, Amazon and Compaq in the United States, Europe, and China. He has written several articles in HR Journals, published four books with number five on the way. All of which has earned him accolades from employees of Yahoo, Intel, University of Washington, Disney, Fox, and Google. Dakotta has also done filming, producing, and photographing full-feature documentaries. Learn more about Dakotta on his website here.

Dakotta works at the moment as a consultant for start-ups and helping them achieve their next level of growth. His passion is in research work, using social media to make an impact for organizations in recruitment and brand awareness. Some of his research while traveling includes visiting over 72 countries and counting. He is well versed in analytics and campaign management using the instruments of trends and research especially in the area of market research to come up with solutions. Learn more about Dakotta on Linkedin here.

You can also view some of his active ventures: Fasthire.com - a recruitment agency, StartupIndex.net - a website for up and coming startups, AskTheRecruiter.com - a website to people to ask questions on the job front, SeattleBioTechJobs.com - a site for biotech jobs in Seattle, SFBiotechJobs.com - a site for biotech jobs in San Francisco, BostonBioTechJobs.com - a site for biotech jobs in Boston, TexasMedicalCenterCareers.com - a site for Medical and BioTech jobs in Houston, Texas. Finally, BreakTheGlassCeiling.com - a site dedicated for helping women find jobs, veterans find jobs, african americans find jobs, asian americans find jobs, latino and latinas find jobs, people with disabilities find jobs, deaf individuals find jobs, blind individuals find jobs, LGBTQ indidividuals find jobs.