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7 Ways You Can Spring Clean your Job Search and Get Hired

Don't be afraid to consider a recruiter.

Recruiters will assess your qualifications, help you write or review your bio and adapt it to the jobs they recommend you pursue, says Dan Kaplan, global head of the HR practice at CTPartners.

"The Internet and LinkedIn have made it easy to find a recruiter," he says.

For example, if you're seeking employment in the technology industry, you might want to Google "recruiter in tech space" or whatever your industry might be, and start with the big firms. Check out the partners' bios and specialties and review what's been written about the firm in the news, he says.

Keep in mind that when hiring a recruiter, no money should change hands.

"If you are working with a good recruiter, you should not need to pay for resume writing or interview skills. The company that hires you will pay the recruiter, and the recruiter provides the services the candidate needs."

Reassess your search and look for something new -- and even fun.

Jane Trnka, the executive director of the Career Development Center at Rollins College's Crummer Graduate School of Business, says you should ask yourself: How many hours are you dedicating to your search? How are you allocating those hours?

"By creating a calendar, charting out and making deliberate plans, you will avoid the 'I can do it tomorrow' self-talk and take productive action in a more timely manner," Trnka says.

When you've assessed what might be lacking, don't be afraid to take some classes, she says.

"Is there something you need or want to learn to enhance your skills and talents? You can gain knowledge, enhance your network and also demonstrate to potential employers you are not sitting behind the computer all day and night."

Trnka encourages job-seekers to look at local organizations, community colleges and universities for course schedules.

"Participate in activities and go to places you haven't been to before. Not only will you expand your knowledge in general and have a good time, but you will most probably meet someone who you can include in your job search network," she says.
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