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How Do I Get a Job in the 'New Economy?'

Expert Explains How to Reinvent Yourself for the Jobless Recovery

SAINT JOHNS, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 08/02/10 -- When the media is throwing around terms like "jobless recovery," it makes job seekers wonder where all the jobs have gone and how we can have a recovery without them.

But Chris Tidball, career coach and author of "Kicked to the Curb" (www.christidball.com), thinks that job seekers who shift their perspective on how to get a job amid all the confusion can still succeed where many are failing.

"I have developed 20 rules that are designed to help people get back to work," he said. "The key thing is to look at getting a job a little differently. Instead of just looking for work, look at your household as a business, and look for revenue opportunities. They may exist in odd jobs, freelance work, starting a new business, or getting a part time job to start. Worry less about jobs and think more about revenue."

Some of his rules are:

  • Have a Plan -- Look at your savings, retirement accounts and all your resources. Examine the job opportunities available, from the least attractive to the most attractive. Develop your tactics for outreach, and stick to the plan.
  • Forget Fear -- Fear can motivate, but it can also paralyze. Certainly, it can derail a job interview faster than showing up late. Fear can prevent you from executing your plan, and it can prejudice people against you as a job candidate. It forces bad judgments. Remember, things WILL get better.
  • Don't Let Up -- Perseverance is one of the keys to success. You'll knock on a lot of doors, and you may bloody up your knuckles, but you better your odds with every new door that you knock on.

"Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Don't be afraid to reinvent yourself. When people get kicked to the curb, it's typically the lowest point of their lives, but if they attack all the opportunities open to them, they might find that being kicked to the curb was the best thing that ever happened to them."

About Chris Tidball

Chris Tidball is a career coach, business consultant and motivational speaker. He is a former executive of a Fortune 500 company who reinvented himself in his post-corporate life.

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