Before you can start looking for a job, you need to decide if you want to:
- Stay in the same occupation; or
- Try your hand at something different
- Spread the word in your personal and professional networks that you're looking for a new job in your most recent occupation or let them know about your desire to make a career change. Networking is one of your best tools for getting your foot in the door for a job interview.
- Update your resume. Use a chronological resume format if you're staying in your former line of work; or use a combination resume format if you're making a career change. By the way, there's no need to mention that you got fired when listing your last job on your resume.
- Get plugged into online blogs and social networks where you can get and stay current with your occupation's job market.
- Read newspapers and relevant trade journals regularly to keep up on industry trends and see what jobs are posted.
- Get out of the house. Instead of trying to conduct your job search entirely at the computer, network in person, research the job market at the library, go to career fairs, attend in-person job support groups, and hang out with colleagues.
- Prepare for job interviews, including how you'll answer the inevitable question, "Why did you leave your last job?"
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