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Key Ways to Incorporate Friends into Your Job Hunt

Key Ways to Incorporate Friends into Your Job Hunt

Christina Macres | ManagerLink

Mention being out of work to a friend and they’ll be the first to emphasize that you do have a full-time job — looking for a job, that is. And they’re right. Looking for a new job can be just as time consuming as working nine to five. But there is one major difference and that’s making the transition from working with coworkers and bosses to going it alone. This can leave even the most productive people unable to resist staying in their pajamas until noon or wasting the day surfing the web for viral videos and celebrity gossip.

Don’t let this happen to you!

The solution? Instead of going it alone, enlist a gaggle of friends to be your job seeker posse. And no, this doesn’t mean you now have a bunch of people in charge of finding you a new career while you play golf or take up a new hobby. Nor does it imply that they’ll be responsible for maintaining your intense TV-watching schedule. Instead, think of this group as the motivating force behind your job search. Pick friends you feel will help you get through the process and come out ahead, just by doing what friends do best — being there.

What do you need to do? Know how to manage your new team. Here are a few ways to integrate your pals into getting your next gig.

Truth.

You know that friend who tells it like it is? We all have one. And while it might seem annoying somtimes, this friend is just what you need right now. From cover letter and interview outfit advice, to being that person who tells you to snap out of feeling sorry for yourself, the right person can give honest criticism that’s still friendly.

Teamwork.

In the past you may have relied on bosses, coworkers, and deadlines to stay efficient and motivated. Why not assemble a team to do the same thing in your non-working present? Everyone needs structure and this is where friends can really help. From listening to your unemployment woes to helping you construct a daily routine that includes researching, networking, and contacting potential employers, friends can be just what you need to keep motivated and on-task.

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