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Techniques in Job Hunting: How Can I Find a Job?

The prospect of searching for a job can be very intimidating. What techniques have you used in the past when you were job hunting? Which ones were most effective? Least effective? What do you attribute their effectiveness (or lack of effectiveness) to?

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When I was younger my mom said put in as many applications as you possibly can. She even went as far as going up one side of the street stopping at every fast food restaurant while I would race inside, get an application, return to the car, complete the application, then run it back inside and basically go to the next and so on and so forth, then cross the street and go down the other side doing the same thing. She, like many, believed that the best way to find a new job is to apply for as many jobs with as many employers as you possibly can and surely one of those would hire or at least call you for an interview. This logic is essentially flawed and inaccurate. Really good job searches focus on specifics such as job and employer. Now that I have been in the HR field for some time I recognize that an employer is looking for a specific employee with qualifications and even accomplishments, not someone who is marginally qualified. So, my advice now would be to not waste your time on the 'scattershot' (Hansen & ...