6 Holiday Job Search Tips

3gifts‘Tis the season to look for a new job or give your a career a boost.

Here’s help for making the most of your holiday parties and the end-of-year job market. Continue reading


6 Tips To Make A Career Change

Think about the career move you want to make next.

Is your planned next job similar to what you are doing now, or do you want a job that has little to do with your current position? If you want a completely different job, then you want to change careers.

Making a career change takes more planning and resources than a regular job search.

Here are six articles with tips to help you make a successful career change:

1. What’s Your Job Search Preparation Plan?

2. How to Succeed In A Job You Hate

3. 4 Steps to Advance Your Career or Make a Change

4. Tips for Changing Careers

5. Good Job Search Tools Never Go Out of Style

6. Tools to Help With Your Career Change

Hungry For A New Job?

Have you ever talked to a job seeker who is so desperate to find a new job he or she says “I’ll take any job.”

When you ask what the top choice is, he either lists a few jobs that are completely unrelated, or can’t name one target job?

This person has little chance of finding a job he will be happy with or meet his goals.


You can’t find something if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

Here’s a different way of looking at it:

Imagine it’s dinner time. You’re hungry and ask your friend to go out to eat with you. Your friend asks which restaurant you want to go to. You say you don’t care where you go, as long as you can eat soon.

Your friend asks if you want pizza or Chinese food. You say you had pizza for lunch and don’t like Chinese. Italian? Not in the mood. Sushi? Too expensive.

Again, your friend asks what restaurant you want to go to. You still don’t know, but you’re getting more and more hungry.

Every time your friend suggests something, you give a reason why you don’t want to eat that type of food. You’ve given no thought to what you do want, only what you don’t want.

You’re friend can’t help you find a good meal because you don’t know what you want. You get frustrated and want to give up the search – but you’re still hungry and you need to eat.

Get the point?

No matter how desperate you are to leave your old job or get a better paycheck, you must think about what you want your next career move to be. Look for jobs that match your salary requirements, will use your skills, and is in an environment you will like.

There are jobs out there. If you don’t think about the type of job you want to move into, you could starve.

Next Move:

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Latino Job Training & Employment Event


2011 Latino Job Training and Employment Opportunities Outreach

The Minnesota Chicano Latino Affairs Council and Minnesota Department of Transportation invite you to hear about opportunities for training in several trades, such as construction.

Come and listen to valuable ideas for your future. All are welcome to attend. Click here to register.


  • Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  • 9:30am – 1:00pm


Hennepin Technical College
9000 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Meet in the Auditorium

Who should come:

Did you graduated from high school several years ago and you are thinking to go back to school?

Do you want to pursue a technical career? Would you like to work in important construction projects? You can become an apprentice or a subcontractor on these projects.


For more information or if you have any questions about the event, contact:

Chicano Latino Affairs Council

8 Tips for Dealing with Career Changes

Blogs, online news sources, and social media sites offer a TON of resources and advice for job seekers. Here are a few of the more helpful articles I found in 2010.

  1. 15 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Major Career Change

  2. Patience With Yourself Can Make The Ultimate Resilience Difference In Your Life

  3. Unemployment: This is Going to Hurt – a Lot

  4. Q&A: Tools to Help With Your Career Change

  5. George Costanza and Life After Your Job-Search

  6. The Job Seeker’s Dilemma: Is it time to change career direction?

  7. Create a Career Wish List

  8. 4 Steps to Advance Your Career or Make a Change

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