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THE CREATIVE CAREER SEARCH A creative career search involves a creative, active approach to researching careers and making job applications. Rather than being passive (reading books and surfing the Web) and reactive (waiting for a vacancy to appear before making an application) you take the initiative in finding out what is involved in a career or about job opportunities WHAT IS IT? The main elements to the creative career search are: Developing a network of people who can help give you advice and/or information Making speculative applications using a curriculum vitae and letter
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These may be used separately or together. The creative career search is particularly important when there is a lot of competition for the jobs for which you are applying, for example during a recession, or for popular jobs such as those in the media or environment. "Most people find a job in film by word of mouth: the more people you know in the industry, the better your chances." THE FIRST STEP - DOING YOUR RESEARCH The first stage in any career search is research. Find out as much as you can about the job(s) in which you are interested using the booklets, videos, and reference files in the careers information room and the Internet. You might also find public, academic and business libraries a fruitful source of information. This stage is essential, because no potential employer will be interested in you unless you can show them that you have at least gone to the trouble of finding out the basics. If you don't know what career you want to enter, try PROSPECTS PLANNER, a powerful program to help you with career choice Maintaining your morale and coping with rejection Being unemployed for more than a couple of months may sap your morale: it's natural to lose your confidence and feel down. Why? Debts from student loans and lack of money Living with parents again and consequent loss of freedom Isolation from college friends Lack of status. Stigma of unemployment: perceived as "lazy". Job or university provides much of your sense of identity and self respect. Job hunting involves a lot of rejection and may sap the confidence of even the best qualified applicants. Your time is no longer structured. Without work or study we may have a large amount of free time on our hands with freedom to do whatever we like but little money to do these things! We may not have aims for the day so the tendency to get up late in the morning and drift aimlessly through the day. The three stages of unemployment are initial shock , then depression and finally adjustment.
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What can you do? Lack of money . Budget carefully: write down exactly what you are spending and cut out anything which appears wasteful. Try to get any job in the short term: even shelf filling in a supermarket is a start and will bring in some cash.
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  • Fall '16
  • sumanth tadepalli
  • Unemployment, voluntary work, creative career search

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