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Here are 5 Things to Remember on Your Job Search

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As part of the study by WalletHub into the best and worst cities for finding a job in 2016, reporter Richie Bernardo consulted several experts for their insights on the economy and looking for a job.

Here are some job-seeking tips they gave to Bernardo:

1. Be confident about yourself and your skills and abilities.

Leanne Ralstin, career development specialist at the University of Idaho, said “a lack of confidence in what they can do and have done” is a common mistake job seekers make. “Some modesty is fine and expected in polite society, but not if it leads to minimizing skills and accomplishments.”

2. Tailor your résumé to the specific job you’re applying for.

Kelly Giles, an innovation consultant at Kelly Giles Consulting, said this is another common mistake job seekers make, adding, “Some job seekers also forget to clean up or lock down their online profiles.”

3. Remember to keep your online profiles up-to-date.

David Lapinski, director of employer relations at the University of Virginia, Career Center, told Bernardo that the “online profile is just as, if not more important than their printed résumé. Most employers research a student’s profile online before making a hiring decision; it’s critical to evaluate your online presence and build an online brand to remain competitive in the market.”

4. Networking is a marathon, not a sprint.

That’s a direct quote from Lapinski, who added, “Networking is about building long-lasting relationships that contribute to professional growth, not about immediate opportunity.”

5. Understand what your purpose in life is.

Matthew J. Bundick, assistant professor in the department of counseling, psychology, and special education at Duquesne University, School of Education, calls this “purposeful self-understanding.”

“Purposeful self-understanding,” he explained, “entails both knowledge about what one is good at and interested in, as well as how one is uniquely equipped to make a positive impact on the world. When overly enticed by high salary, job prestige, or a desire to impress or please others, job seekers may be setting themselves up to derive little meaning from their work, which can in turn reduce their performance in and commitment to their job as well as their overall psychological wellbeing in the long term.

“Not every individual decision about where to apply for jobs or which job offer to accept needs to be driven entirely by its alignment with one’s purpose in life… At the same time, seeking purpose through one’s employment over the course of one’s working life--that is, being guided by one’s values and desire to contribute to the world beyond oneself in ways that culminate in a career path, one can look back on in their retirement years as having enabled the actualization of their life’s purpose--goes a long way toward living a happy, generative, and meaningful life (which is, in large part, why people work in the first place).”

As physicians and advanced practitioners who are looking for jobs, which tips would you add to the above list from your own experience? What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned so far in your job search?

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