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Common sense job hunt tips

A lot of what it takes to get a job is common sense, but sometimes job loss is so devastating that common sense flies out the window on a pink slip. Yesterday, the Inquirer ran a question and answer interview with Gloria Leidel, a job counselor with Goodwill Industries in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia. When I say the Inquirer, I mean me. In the next few days, I will tell you some of the tips from our interview that didn't get into the newspaper. Here's the first tip: It pays to be organized. Gloria advises that you should keep some kind of log of your job search...

Common sense job hunt tips

A lot of what it takes to get a job is common sense, but sometimes job loss is so devastating that common sense flies out the window on a pink slip. Yesterday, the Inquirer ran a question and answer interview with Gloria Leidel, a job counselor with Goodwill Industries in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia. When I say the Inquirer, I mean me. In the next few days, I will tell you some of the tips from our interview that didn't get into the newspaper. We also had an online chat at noon. Click here for the transcript.

Here's the first tip: It pays to be organized. Gloria advises that you should keep some kind of log of your job search. Here's one way of organizing it (this is my idea). Get a notebook and write each day's date on a page. Write down the places you've applied each day, taking note of any follow-up and when that has to occur. Then skip ahead and write it down as a to-do item on the right page. 

Here's an example. Suppose you go online to a store's website and it says that they keep applications for 60 days. Well, then you know that in 60 days, if God forbid, you don't have a job, you need to re-apply. That's the kind of thing you need to write down.   

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Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

Married to a photographer she met at her college newspaper, Von Bergen has been a reporter since fourth grade, covering education, government, retailing, courts, marketing and business. “I love the specific detail that tells the story,” she says.

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