Ambrose also recommends consulting. "It's an excellent time to consider consulting because a lot of companies are much more likely to take on a consultant than they are to take on a full-time employee," he says. "It's a lot less risk to an employer. They can take on a consultant much faster, with much less internal deliberation, not three rounds of interviews over five months. I know a number of executives who have found much more success doing consulting."
Harvey Nash's Gordon recommends that if you're going to be flexible about your location, the position you're willing to take, and/or your compensation, you have to give recruiters and employers a good reason for your flexibility. You don't want to look like you're being flexible because "you're at the mercy of the market," he says.
Network. Network. Repeat.
You've heard it over and over, but it's true: Networking is critical to finding a new job.
"Even with the Internet and all the technology that's available today, less than 10 percent of jobs are found online," says Ambrose. "Most jobs are found through networking."
Consequently, he says, people looking for jobs should spend most of their time networking.
Says Ambrose, "Reach out. Do research on companies you're interested in working for and do some networking to find people who can introduce you to those companies."
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