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12 Tips for Job Search in a Tight Economy

Susan Whitcomb



Are you working with job seekers who are frustrated and disheartened by the current economic climate? The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that there is a ratio of approximately 3.8 job seekers for every one job available. Join us to learn some specific steps job seekers can take to tackle job search and stand out in a tough economy.


Susan is sharing her Powerpoint Presentation with Careerwell registrants so you will be able to deliver these 12 tips (complete with presenter script) to your job seekers.


Here is the link: www.JobSearchAcademy.com... . Give it time to download.

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Susan Whitcomb is a career and life coach, author, speaker, and trainer with more than 20 years' experience in the careers industry. She has been a careers columnist and featured chat guest for Monster.com and America Online and, as an industry expert, has been cited in U.S. News & World Report, CBS Marketwatch.com, the Dow Jones' National Business Employment Weekly, and numerous national publications.


She holds designations as a PCC with International Coaches Federation (ICF), Certified Career Management Coach, Nationally Certified Resume Writer, Master Resume Writer, and Credential Career Master and is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®-Certified). WIth coach training from the Institute for Life Coach Training, Susan has also completed Dr. Mike Lillibridge's Executive Coaching Practicum, Dr. Bruce Wilkinson's DreamGiver Coach Training, and a variety of coaching seminars.


Susan is the author of the best-selling Resume Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer (frequently the #1 or #2 most popular resume book on Amazon.com) . . . Interview Magic: Job Interview Secrets from America's Career and Life Coach . . . and the latest book in the "Magic" series, Job Search Magic: Insider Secrets from America's Career and Life Coach which was nominated as Book of the Year in the Career Category by ForeWord magazine. She is also author of 30-Day Job Promotion: Build a Powerful Promotion Plan in a Month and coauthor of eResumes: Everything You Need To Know (McGraw-Hill). She has also created Career Magic: Career Coaching for the 21 st Century, a 400-page reference accompanying the Certified Career Management Coach program offered through Career Coach Academy.

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Exercise:  12 Tips for Job Search in a Tight Economy



  1. Manage your mindset:  How do you keep in a frame of mind that is conducive to effective job search?
  2. Be flexible: How do you keep flexible?
  3. Plan to work harder than you thought: What are you doing that you never expected?
  4. Solve problems (WIIFM - What's In It for ME [the prospective employer]?: What problem of prospective employers can you solve?
  5. If your industry has tanked, focus on your value and skill set (top 50 growing industries): What values and skills can you bring to other industries than the one in which you have previously worked?
  6. To shorten your search, look for Quadrant 1 positions (shortest: industry experience and functional skill): What is the best way you can land a job in the shortest amount of time?
  7. Stand out in networking by helping others:  How do you help others?  In what other ways could you help others?
  8. Spend the majority of your time networking: What kinds of networking works for you? What kinds of networking do you need to learn more about? 
  9. Consider outside-the-box options (i.e., internal promotion, returning to school, self-employment):  What out-of-the-box options have you considered?  What additional outside-the-box options might you consider?
  10. Broaden your geographic boundaries:  What parts of the country/world have been hurt least by the economic times? How could you offer your services in these areas?
  11. Don't overlook the personal lessons to be learned:  What have you learned about yourself from searching for a job in the current economy?
  12. Remember the Provision Principle (I have everything I need): Do you see the cup as half empty or half full?  If you see the cup as half-empty, how could you change your frame of mind?

Interview Questions

What do you see as the biggest mistakes job seekers made in the current depressed economy?

What do you see as the most important ways a job seeker can get a job in the current job market?

Tip #1 Manage Your Mindset
What’s the limiting mindset for most job seekers nowadays? How can they shift that?
Tip #2 Be Flexible
What does flexible mean for job seekers these days?

Tip #3 Plan to Work Harder than you Thought
What kind of time and effort should job seekers be putting in? And if they’re still working a job, how much time?

Tip #4 To Shorten your Search, Look for a Quadrant #1 Position
You talk about 4 quadrants . . . What is a Quadrant 1 position?

Tip #5 Spend the Majority of your time Networking
How much time should job seekers spend networking?
What about Social Networking?

Tip #6 Don’t Overlook Social Networking
[question above leads into Tip #6]

Tip #7 Broaden Your Geographic Boundaries
What are some of the job markets that are hot these days?

Tip #8 Solve Immediate, Near-Term Problems (WIIFM = What’s In It For Me <- Me Being the Employer/Hiring Manager)
What’s tip #8 about  . . . say more about WIIFM

Tip #9 Industry Tanked? Focus on Value & Skill Set, Not Past Industry Expertise . . . Then Look for In-Demand Positions
What are some of the industries that are trending upward?

Tip #10 Stand Out by Helping Others
I assume this has to do with networking . . . What are some examples of how job seekers have done this?

Tip #11 Don’t Overlook the Personal Lessons to be Learned
This tip sounds like it takes the job seeker a little deeper into self-actualization. Share your thoughts on this please.

Tip #12 Remember the Provision Principle
What is the provision principle?


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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews.  I'd like to introduce our guest speaker, Susan Whitcomb.  I've known Susan for over a dozen years and despite all her credetials as career and life coach, author, speaker, and trainer, featured chat guest for Monster.com and America Online and, cited in U.S. News & World Report, CBS Marketwatch.com, and the Dow Jones' National Business Employment Weekly, she is a totally compassionate career professional with high values.  She is also up-to-date on the employment scene, as you can see from her cutting edge powerpoint which you can download for free on careerwell.org .  Link to her name on 3/12/09.  Susan, welcome!  I have some questions for you, but we also want to encourage listeners to press 5* on your phone if you have questions for Susan. Before we begin, please make sure, if you haven't already, to register for all the tele-interviews in March and April.  The presenters are all fabulous and provide you with many job search and career transition goodies which you can immediately pass on to your clients so we can all "put the global workforce back to work." Remember to fill out the evaluation that you received in your call-in email and keep encouraging your favorite organization to subscribe so you and your colleagues can listen to these tele-interviews. Email me if you would like to earn CEUs for listening.

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