The headhunter. "Getting fired is a state of mind," says headhunter Nick Corcodilos, who maintains that traditional job hunting doesn't work and that success boils down to telling a prospective employer "I'm here to do the work you need to have done" rather than "I'm looking for a job." Corcodilos has a newsletter that you can sign up for. He has a refreshing take-charge style that might help you get a grip on your situation.
Advertise yourself. This eHow.com page presents a variation on the theme of dressing for success. The article suggests that we all advertise ourselves through our clothing and manners. The implication is that you can fine-tune that advertising to benefit yourself in a job, or in job-hunting.
Your brand. So, you know how to look. But can you network? This entry at Mashable.com is titled "7 Secrets to Getting Your Next Job Using Social Media." It posits that traditional job-hunting is "no longer viable," and that the new path to a paycheck is through the people you seek out on sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter, and even through advertising yourself, like a business, on Facebook.
The author of the above article, personal-branding guru Dan Schawbel, maintains his own Personal Branding Blog, with a host of additional resources and advice.
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