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The Last-Minute Job Search
By Nick Corcodilos

One of the greatest mistakes people make when job hunting is starting late. They wait until the last minute -- when they've lost their job, or when they’re itchy to move. The earlier you start your job search, the better prepared you will be to find the right job.

If you think you might need to find a new job within the next year, start your search now.

Why? First, last-minute job hunting easily leads to the wrong jobs because you’re likely to get frantic and settle for what comes along rather than seek out the job you really want. Second, proper preparation to approach the right companies takes time because it involves more than just reading; it requires patiently developing good inside contacts.

As a headhunter I can tell you that people make three big mistakes when they wait until the last minute. Let's look at what these are and how you can avoid them...

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  • Introduction: How to start a job search
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  • Why should I stay at my company?
  • I'm losing my job!
  • How do I say I got fired?
  • How do I explain being unemployed?
  • Why can't I keep a good job?
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