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By J.T. O'Donnell Two of my career coaching friends, Miriam Salpeter and Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter have started a program where a collective group of coaches can offer advice on a certain topic. This is the first question they put out there for us to answer, "What can job seekers do to avoid falling in the 'cookie cutter' job search mode?" Cookie Cutter Job Search..."What's that?" It's when we are going through the motions without really stepping back and asking ourselves: A) Am I doing this effectively (i.e. getting results)? B) Is this technique even worth doing for my type of job search? I think many of us coaches can agree that all too often we see a well-intentioned job seeker on autopilot. And unfortunately, in job search that leads to a crash landing. No two people are the same. Which means, no two job searches should be the same either! To break out of a cookie cutter job search, I always suggest you start by changing your perspective. Here are several articles that speak to the need of reassessing your situation and trying new and/or better job search activities. Remember, just like anything, you want to work smarter, not harder! My Response to An Angry Job Seeker: There's a Difference Between 'Following' and 'Learning' 8 Golden Rules to Getting a Job in a Bad Economy Job Seekers: Are YOU on a Road to Nowhere?! For those of you guilty of the cookie cutter job search, I encourage you to identify 3 ways you can change up your approach in order to get different, and hopefully, better results. AND, if you'd like to see how other experts answered this question, check out these posts below: Conscious awareness and your job hunt http://emergingprofessional.typepad.com/the_emerging_professional/2009/10/cookie_cutter.html Job seekers: Break out of the mold! Is your job search "cookie-cutter" or "hand-dropped"? Being a Cookie-Cutter Job Seeker is a Misfortune How Not to Be a Cookie Cutter Job Seeker
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