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Overwhelmed by Job Search

I am on a job search, but feel overwhelmed by all the resources. I'm interested in companies with an international presence in the field of survey research, market analysis, organizational consulting/human resources management, etc. Where should I look and how can I gain an advantage in obtaining the advertised and "hidden" job openings?

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I just completed the apprentice training program for Cook County Illinois in construction. Now I find I am having a problem in entering the field as an apprentice. Everyone I contact says they have no openings. Can you help and point me in the right direction?

Unfortunately, I do not have any direct contacts in the construction field. However, one of the first rules of networking is that you NEVER ask directly for a job. The idea is to build relationships to create opportunities.

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Moving to Chicago

I just moved to Chicago from Michigan and the job search has been overwhelming. I have 11 years of experience in the Mortgage/Banking industry with Operations, Compliance, Risk Management, Legal and Quality Control. All skills I feel I can transfer.
I really want to make a change. I find the recruiters and placement agencies exhausting. I have been searching now for 2 months and must find something soon. In Michigan, I always relied on networking and even in a slump found employment. This move to Chicago has been wonderful, I know I want to be here.
Do you have any advice on the right approach. I know if I could get my foot in the door that would be a start.

Welcome to Chicago! A job search IS overwhelming, and especially if you are unfamiliar and unconnected with the new city. It sounds like you have some strong skills that indeed can be transferable. I don't have the benefit of knowing all that you have attempted, but here are a few more suggestions.

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Finding Jobs in My Field

 I specialize in selling ad space. My background is in radio, newspaper, and special events. Could you direct me to the web sites that I should be searching? I prefer to work with local companies as I am now representing out of town firms.

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Career Change for a Lawyer

I’ve been an attorney for over 18 years and, earlier this year, for family reasons, I found I had to resign my partnership and relocate to Chicago. With that situation resolved, I am ready to find a challenging position, along with the opportunity to best employ my skill set and experience. I am open to other kinds of positions, however, my two main areas of experience lie in the fact that I was in Claims/Risk Management for 15 years, I’ve been an attorney for over 18.

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Starting a New Career

I am changing careers and having a hard time finding an entry level position. I am trying to get into web design and have some experience. I have been going on interviews for little over a year but have had no feedback from my interviews, and they don't even send an email to say they don't want me. Chicago.craigslist.org is a good resource for jobs and I also scan Monster, Careerbuilder  and any other leads. I am becoming frustrated and would like some advice.

Networking and more face to face and direct contact with possible employers can be helpful. So networking is always a consideration - and a stronger one than spending all your time perusing the internet sites.

However, you might also want to explore your interviewing techniques, your follow up techniques and other areas of your job search. I would recommend that you meet with a counselor or attend a seminar that can give you an opportunity to have a mock interview and get some real feedback.

Perhaps some informational interviewing would benefit your job search

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