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7 Experts Give Job Search Advice in 100 Words or Less

Professional advice is often unaffordable to those who need it most, like people looking for work. CNN Money rounded up a group of career coaches and requested their best advice for job seekers, and asked they keep their words of wisdom to 100 words at most. Get advice from seven experts — best of all, it's free.

  1. "The single, most important thing people can do now to control their career destiny is to get crystal clear on the value they offer to prospective employers. Once this is accomplished, the next priority is to learn how to articulate this value, along with the tangible results they can produce." — Ford Myers
  2. "Treat your job search like a full-time job. Work at it 35-40 hours a week for optimal results." — Barbara Safani
  3. "It's not the most qualified that gets the job; it's the one who knows best how to market the qualifications he or she has." — Dan King

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  1. "Never EVER apply for a job again without first getting an employee in that firm you've targeted to "refer" you." — Gerry Crispin
  2. "Finding and applying for a job is complicated - that means you must study each lead and customize each application very carefully; lots of jobs are available but apply right." — John O'Connor
  3. "Instead of saying 'I'm so great in xyz career and you should hire me,' good networkers say 'I have been really interested in xyz career, and have been setting up conversations with people to learn more about what's new in the field.'" — Kathy Robinson
  4. "Never take your career for granted. You should be constantly updating your skills and keeping your network viable." — Cheryl Palmer
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lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I agree with your disagreement, sy! Sure, if you can get an inside reference, that's ideal. But, there's no harm in applying for a job if you don't have an inside reference. That advice seems silly to me.
syako syako 7 years
I agree with Barbara (#3) the most. When you're out of work, your full time job should be a job search. I remember spending a good 6-7 hours a day looking online for jobs, crafting cover letters, printing out my portfolio, etc. It's a lot of work, but worth it. I disagree with Gerry's (#4) advice. Sometimes doing so is not only nearly impossible, but I don't think it's necessary either. I've been hired for my jobs without an in-house employee reference, so it's obviously not crucial. I'm sure it would help when you can do it, but I wouldn't not apply for a job because I couldn't get someone on the inside to refer me...
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