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AT THE OFFICE: Stimulating the search for a job

The pace of job cuts has slowed. We're beginning to see some hiring across industries and professions, not just health care. Year-end data showed there isn't net job creation yet, but disillusioned job hunters should reinvigorate their searches. ...

The pace of job cuts has slowed. We're beginning to see some hiring across industries and professions, not just health care.

Year-end data showed there isn't net job creation yet, but disillusioned job hunters should reinvigorate their searches. Some tips:

--If you were downsized from a company that has started to hire again, pursue your rehire opportunity.

Be sure they're hiring people to do the kind of work you did. And be extra sure you left on great terms.

The company may need your skills and experience, but if your previous performance evaluations weren't top-notch or you said unpleasant things on departure, those credentials won't help.

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--If you've been sitting at home applying for jobs over the Internet, take a break. Step away from the computer.

Spend time instead finding and attending professional or industry association meetings where people who do what you want to do gather.

If you can't find job- or company-specific events, go to general business meetings, such as those sponsored by chambers of commerce. You need to meet people -- especially small-business managers -- who might need you.

--Don't be shy about publicizing your job hunt. Tell everyone you know what you're looking for.

Someone may know someone who needs you, but they'll mention your name only if they see you as a good catch -- an energetic, capable, friendly person.

--Get the whine or anger out of your voice.

That's not easy after months of job hunting. But it's essential if you want potential employers to consider you. They want eager-beaver team players.

--Recognize that some jobs will never come back.

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You must realistically evaluate the odds of continuing to do what you've done in the past.

If you haven't already, you should visit your state work force development office or a community career office at a community college for guidance. You might even be eligible for career retraining funds.

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