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Don't fade away into career oblivion!

ABC News (Abridged)

Trying to find a job in a down economy probably seems more daunting than performing your own root canal -- especially if you've been off the market for several years. But it's by no means impossible. No matter what your back story is, there are many strategies you can take to assist you in your job search efforts. Here's one to get you started.

Get off your rear - Now! If you've been laid off, it's natural to want to take a couple weeks to sleep in, mope around in your robe, throw darts at your CEO's headshot and regroup. But don't linger in lethargy for too long. Any job seeker needs to be looking forward and needs to have a strategy. Waiting till your unemployment checks run out (or your bank account dries up) to plot your next move isn't a valid strategy. Instead, give your job hunt a start date, preferably within the next two weeks. In the meantime, make a list of companies and roles you're interested in, professional contacts you'll reach out to and any other steps you plan to take.

Spend the time between now and your job hunt "start date" watching "Oprah" and "Maury" if you must, but take at least an hour a day to chip away at your list so you don't completely fade into career oblivion. In this economy, procrastination is not an option. Besides, online research, brushing up on business and trade publications, resume and cover letter tweaks and networking via e-mail can all be done in your robe, so you've got no excuse.

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