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How to hunt for a job in today's job market

It’s a tough job market. What were once stable companies are going out of business and being absorbed by others, new jobs are being created as old ones disappear, and everyone is competing for the same positions. But it’s not impossible to find your dream job - it just takes a little extra work than usual. Here are some tips on how to hunt for your job:

Do your research.

  • ●●Do your research. 

The first step in any job hunt is to do your homework. You'll want to know as much as possible about the company, industry, and job you're applying for before you apply. Start by researching the company's website and social media accounts so that you can get a feel for its culture, values, and style of communication. Consider how well this aligns with your own personality and interests—and then use it as a guide for how best to present yourself throughout the application process (for example: if they have a sense of humor on Twitter or Facebook but not on their website homepage).

  • ●●Research the job description itself carefully; what skills are required? What are some examples of previous work experience that would make someone highly qualified? Is there anything in particular that stands out as being particularly important or meaningful? 

Be proactive.

You’ve got to be proactive. You can’t just sit back and wait for the phone to ring (or in this case, for emails to arrive), as that’s not going to happen. You need to reach out and make things happen on your own.

The first step is tapping into your personal network—that is, family members and close friends who might have connections at companies you are interested in working for or who may know someone who does. The next step is using your professional network—the people you know from previous jobs or volunteer work who could help get the word out about your job search efforts. Include those whose careers have taken them through different pathways than yours but with whom you still share commonalities (e.g., former classmates). Finally, tap into your social networking platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook by posting updates about what job title/industry area(s) you're targeting along with specific characteristics or skills required by those roles (e.g., “I'm looking for a position where I can use my strong writing skills while also contributing new ideas.").

There's also another way of building up contacts outside of these networks: online networking sites like LinkedIn and Xing provide an easy way for professionals worldwide to connect digitally via their profiles so that they can stay connected even when they're not physically together anywhere near each other! In addition, there are many niche-specific sites like Impact Engine where individuals interested primarily in impact entrepreneurship meet others like themselves who want nothing less than changing lives around the world via entrepreneurship ventures started both inside corporations as well as outside them!

Don't limit yourself.

You don't have to be exactly what the job description asks for, but you do need to be prepared and qualified enough to perform the job. This means that if the job ad says "must have five years of experience in this field," then your resume should show that you have worked in that field for at least five years.

Even if a job is not exactly what you want, though, it may still be a good choice for now because it could lead to something better down the road—and even if it doesn't lead anywhere else, it's still possible that there will be more opportunities available with this company than with any other one out there right now.

Boost your online presence.

Boosting your online presence is a great way to make sure that potential employers know you're available and eager to work. Here's how to do it:

  • ●●Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date. This includes adding new skills, making sure your work history is accurate, and updating any pictures that may be outdated. 

  • ●●Make sure your social media profiles are up-to-date as well—you don't want an old tweet or photo of you drinking out at the bar when you're applying for a job in healthcare! 

  • ●●Update your website if necessary, especially if it hasn't been updated since before 2008 (the year most people switched from having websites built in Dreamweaver). You can also use this opportunity to add information about what kind of work experience you have or upload samples of things like writing articles or making spreadsheets that demonstrate those particular skills on demand. 

  • ●●If you already have a blog where you write about topics related to the field(s) in which you're looking for employment, update those posts with links back into your website so potential employers can see what kind of content creators they'd be getting if they hired them--it shows dedication and professionalism! 

Get networked.

Networking is a great way to find out about job opportunities. You can do networking in person or online, and you don't need to be friends with the people you're networking with. Just make sure not to come off as desperate when talking to them. If they know that you're looking for work, they might stop being helpful and start backing away from conversations with you.

Practice interview skills.

The best way to prepare for an interview is to practice. Here are some ideas:

  • ●●Practice at home with family or friends. You can use a mirror or a video camera (or both!) to record yourself and then watch your performance afterwards. This will help you see how you look when answering questions and give you an idea of where your strengths and weaknesses lie. It's also helpful for people who are self-conscious about their appearance as it gives them an opportunity to try out different outfits without being judged by others! 

  • ●●Practice with a professional coach or mentor from the same industry as yours - this will give them insight into what recruiters are looking for in candidates these days so they can better prepare themselves mentally beforehand than just reading online articles alone (which aren't always accurate anyways). By practicing with someone who knows more about their field than just reading about it elsewhere means that he/she can offer better advice about how best to answer certain types of questions asked during interviews." 

Keep at it and keep positive - find your dream job in an ever-changing market.

The job market is a cruel place, and it’s not always easy to keep going when you don’t get the response you hoped for. But there are ways you can stay positive while hunting for your dream job:

  • ●●Be patient and don’t give up. Some jobs will come quickly; others will take time. Focus on what you want to do, not just where or when it happens. 

  • ●●Don't let rejection get you down. The truth is that no matter how good at interviewing or networking you think you might be, there are people out there who have done it better than everyone else—and they probably already have jobs! If one interview doesn’t work out, try another until someone gives in! 

  • ●●Stay motivated by staying flexible with opportunities that come up along the way (even if they aren't quite what they advertised). You never know where an opportunity could lead until giving it a chance! This includes taking new classes or getting more training in areas that interest us so we're ready when something comes along." 


In the end, finding a job is like any other task. You need to do your research, be proactive and put in the hard work. You can’t expect it to fall into your lap, but with some determination and tenacity you can make it happen!

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How to negotiate salary during a job interview

The salary negotiation process can be stressful for both you and your potential employer. It's important to remember that if you don't ask for what you want, no one will give it to you. If you're prepared with a strong script and knowledge of what your skills are worth in the current labor market, then negotiating during an interview will be easier than ever before.

Figure out what salary you want before the interview.

The first thing you need to do is research the market value of the job, as well as your own value. Knowing what others in similar positions are earning is crucial in negotiating salary.

The second step is figuring out what you want to earn compared to other opportunities. This can be difficult because it means calculating how much money you might make by accepting another position or by staying where you are now and asking for a raise later on down the line (if possible).

Prepare your case for why you deserve more money.

The key to a successful salary negotiation is preparing a case for why you deserve more money. You can use this "why" as the basis for your negotiations, but remember that it's not the only thing that matters. Your personality, background, and fit for the company are also important factors.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself:

  • What makes me such an ideal candidate for this job?
  • What makes me a good fit for this company?
  • How do my skills and experience match up with what's required of me in terms of tasks and responsibilities? Have I done any projects similar to what they need done at their organization? If so, how did they turn out (did they increase morale or bring in revenue)?

Be prepared to compromise and negotiate.

Negotiating your salary is one of the most important things you can do during a job interview. If you're not prepared to negotiate, you'll probably end up accepting whatever figure your interviewer offers. And if it's too low, then you'll be stuck with that salary for years to come—and possibly even have difficulty finding another job in this economy.

I've met many people who were afraid to ask for more money because they thought they wouldn't get it or that their request would offend their future boss (or both). But as someone who has been on both sides of this negotiation table many times over the years, I can tell you from firsthand experience: People love when someone asks for more money! It shows confidence and initiative on your part; plus, it shows them what kind of person you are—someone who knows what he or she wants out of life and isn't afraid to go after it! In other words: Just ask! You might be surprised by how well things go when this happens...

Practice your negotiation script in front of a mirror or with friends.

Practice your negotiation script in front of a mirror or with friends. Practice, practice, and practice some more! The more you practice, the easier it will be for you to confidently deliver your pitch in an interview setting. If you can get comfortable with what you're going to say before the interview begins, then it'll be much less likely that your nerves will derail your confidence during the actual interview.

Practice with family or friends at home who are willing to help coach you through this process. If possible, find someone who's worked as a recruiter before so that they have experience interviewing people and can give helpful tips on how best to negotiate salary during an interview. If there isn't anyone available (or if they don’t know anything about salary negotiation), try looking online for videos that explain how effective negotiation works well enough that even someone who’s never negotiated before could do it successfully—and then use those videos when practicing with family members or friends who will offer feedback on whether or not what they're saying sounds natural!

Keep quiet about your current income if possible.

If you’re able to keep your current salary a secret, do it!

  • If you share your current salary with the interviewer, they will be able to determine how much they can afford to pay you. This could put them in the position of having to choose between hiring someone who is worth more than they can offer or not hiring someone who is worth more than they can offer.
  • Sharing your current salary also creates the perception that all other candidates are worth less than what they currently earn and that this person has no room for growth in their career or life experience (which may not be true).

Offer a target range, not just one number.

It's a good idea to offer a range, not just one number. After all, your minimum salary requirements may be higher than the company's minimum salary requirements are comfortable with. On the other hand, if you're asking for too much above what they're willing to pay (especially if you've been unemployed for some time), there's not much incentive for them to raise their offer at all.

So even though they might want a specific number from you and it might seem like they want the number in writing right now, don't give it up too easily! Instead:

  • Offer a target range instead of one specific number. You can say something like "I'm looking for somewhere between $50K and $60K." or "I would expect an annual salary of between $50K and $60K". This will give both parties room to negotiate without committing yourself immediately on either end of your desired salary range (which is typically going to be somewhere in the middle). It also allows them room to negotiate up or down depending on whether any other factors—like location—come into play later on.

You don't have to give away your current salary when negotiating a new offer.

The first thing you should know is that negotiating a salary is a two-way street. When you're interviewing for a job, it can be tempting to try and figure out what the company will pay you based on your current salary, but that's not always the best way to go about things. You may have been making more money at your last job than the employer of your dream would offer. That doesn't mean you should give away that information when negotiating with them!

If they tell you they want $30K per year, say something like: "That seems fair." They'll probably ask if this is too low for what you want to make; in response, just say something like: "I'm open to discussing my exact salary requirements once we've had time to review my background and experience." If they ask for details about how much money has been made in sales per year or similar metrics, tell them it's too early in the process to discuss numbers yet because there are many factors (like market conditions) which impact those figures as well as personal performance metrics such as sales quotas set by management teams within companies where employees are located geographically across various regions within North America."

Negotiating can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be if you're prepared.

Negotiating your salary isn't always an easy or enjoyable task, but it doesn't have to be as stressful as you may think. Below are some tips for negotiating your salary during a job interview that will help lower the stakes and get you closer to the salary range you deserve.

  • Practice your negotiation script. Before heading into any job interview, practice what you plan on saying about salary in front of a mirror or with a friend—the more comfortable you feel with this dialogue, the better! When practicing this script, stay away from phrases like “I want x amount of dollars per year” and instead try talking about how much money would be ideal for your situation (e.g., “I'm looking for $50k-70k/year”). Asking for too much too soon can come across as greedy or unrealistic and can make employers reluctant to negotiate further with you later on down the line.
  • Be polite but firm when declining offers during interviews if they're lowballing: "I just need a little more information before I decide." If possible, tell them what numbers would work instead so that they know where their offer falls short at first glance rather than having them guess based solely on intuition (which could lead them astray). This way there won't be any confusion around whether or not their offer is acceptable—and once again shows confidence without being demanding!


Remember, if you're prepared and have done your research, negotiating salary during a job interview should be easy. You don't have to jump at the first offer that comes your way. If you keep these tips in mind, you'll be able to negotiate a good salary offer from any company.

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How to Disclose a Disability During a Job Search

If you have a disability, the most important thing is to find a job that fits your needs. But if you choose not to disclose your disability during the hiring process, how can you make sure you're making the right decision? There's no one-size-fits-all answer here, but there are some things to think about before making any big decisions. If you don't feel like this is something that needs to be discussed in depth with an employer, then by all means don't bring it up! However, if this information could help or hinder your chances of getting hired—or if it might affect how much money they'll offer you—then it's worth considering whether or not discussing your disability is right for your situation.

Should I disclose my disability?

[How to decide whether to disclose a disability]

When deciding whether or not to disclose a disability, it's important to consider your unique situation and the job you're applying for. If your disability is visible or obvious, then most likely it is not necessary for you to mention it in your cover letter and resume. However, if the job has any of these characteristics:

  • Is highly competitive
  • Requires special skills (e.g., fluency in two languages)
  • Is high-paying with good benefits

When should I disclose my disability?

It's important to understand that you don't have to disclose your disability at all. Some employers will ask about it, but many won't. If you're asked about it in an interview, then you should definitely disclose. But for example, if your disability is not obvious on sight and doesn't interfere with your work performance (for example, having asthma), then it's OK to wait until after you've landed the job offer before disclosing this information.

In addition, there are some good times during a job search when you should consider disclosing that you have a disability:

  • During the interview process (if they ask)
  • In your cover letter or resume
  • During the job offer process

To whom should I disclose my disability?

The answer to this question depends on the type of job you want. If you are applying for a secretarial position, it's probably not necessary to disclose your disability. However, if you are applying for a more senior role that requires interaction with managers and clients or vendors on a frequent basis, it is important that they know about your disability as soon as possible so they can make any adjustments necessary to accommodate it.

Be sure that the disclosure is made in person so there isn't any confusion about what accommodations will be needed once hired.

How should I disclose my disability?

You should disclose your disability in a straightforward and honest manner. You should be clear about what accommodations you need, what your limitations are, and why it’s important for the employer to know about them.

Okay, so now that you know how to disclose your disability during a job search—how do you do it? Here are some tips:

  • Be prepared! Know exactly what types of accommodations you need before going into an interview or meeting with someone from human resources. If possible, practice disclosing your disability so that when the time comes during an actual interview, it’ll be second nature for you to say what needs to be said without stumbling over words or feeling awkward about saying them aloud.
  • Keep it brief. Don't try too hard to explain why having ADHD is really awesome because ADHD isn't really all that great (and chances are good no one will care). Instead focus on explaining things like whether or not any specific medications affect their ability to focus/work well with others/do anything at all without making mistakes every five seconds etcetera etcetera blah blah blah blah blah...

You don't have to discuss your disability during your job search, but there are advantages if you do.

While it's up to you whether or not to disclose your disability during a job search, there are some definite advantages. For example:

  • Disclosing your disability may help you avoid discrimination. If an employer knows about a disability, they're less likely to discriminate against you because they'll know that any accommodation needed will be minimal.
  • If you disclose your disability and then get the job, it's easier for both parties if everybody knows upfront what's going on. There's no guessing games or confusion over what kinds of accommodations are needed or how they should be handled.
  • You'll have an easier time getting any necessary accommodations if the employer knows about them before hiring (even if it means just saying "I need X amount of time off" instead of having to wait until after being hired). This could mean fewer roadblocks in advancing at work once hired on full-time status - as well as more opportunities for promotion down the line!


If you're thinking about disclosing your disability during your job search, you've got a lot to think about. We hope this article has given you some helpful tips on how to do so effectively and ethically. Good luck!

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