Remember, too, that when networking and asking for help, most people will be honored and flattered that you want their advice. They'll most likely want to help in any way they can, and will go out of their way to make sure you have the resources and support you need, so don't feel shy about asking for help, Cavanaugh says.
"A successful job search can't be accomplished alone. At some point -- whether it's asking your former boss to be a reference or asking your prospective boss for the job -- going through the interview process becomes an exercise in collaboration. The earlier you start asking for help the better. Don't be bashful in reaching out to your extended network, both professional and personal, to let them know you could use their assistance in finding a new opportunity. You will likely be pleasantly surprised by their willingness and eagerness to help," Chafel says.
Stay the course
Finally, stamina and perseverance are important in any job search, she says. Even in IT, where many hot, in-demand talent is snapped up quickly, there are some roles or positions that might require an extended job search. Pace yourself, network, keep your skills up-to-date and don't give up, Cavanaugh says.
"This can be a longer road and a more intense process than you expect, but you have to keep going. Maybe you went through interviews that didn't go well. Maybe you were not picked for a role. That's hard, but remember to keep filling your time with networking, hobbies, volunteering, friends and family -- that way, even if one thing doesn't pan out for you, there are still other irons in the fire to keep you motivated," she says.
Don't settle for less than the best
Remember, too, that you shouldn't settle, says Chafel. If you're being selective -- as you should be; this is your career we're talking about -- the search process might take longer than expected. And if you've been committed to it, you've logged a lot of hours and poured a lot of energy into the process. So, when an offer comes in for a job that doesn't match what you set out to find, part of you may want to accept it just so the process can be over with.
"Don't give in to that temptation. The decisions that you make as a job seeker have both short-term and long-term implications on your job security and earning potential. It's critical that you have the resolve to stick with it until you find the right fit. There's nothing worse than having to start all over in six months or a year--or sooner--because you acted hastily," Chafel says.
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