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Get in the driver's seat. Be proactive.

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NEW YORK, NY -- Being proactive can help you feel more in control over your own life. Gazing at job listings, and competing with hundreds of other applicants can be very demoralizing. You can lose sight of your real gifts and offerings when you are just one of many applicants. Psychologically, playing the job listing game is taxing on self-esteem and morale. So it's important to make sure you're conducting a proactive job search.

Decide what organizations you would love to work for and investigate who would be best to contact. Conduct research on what organizations are in your field of interest. Begin informal research, and ask anyone you know if they know someone who works there. This kind of networking is invaluable. Strategize on how you see yourself fitting in, and what you have to offer the organization.

You are entirely worth the effort to find the right position, and in a place you would love to be working. If you can approach it with levity and lightness you are bound to be more successful. It's like any relationship - you don't know until you check it out, and you never know what will happen.

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