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Recruiting Experts Suggest You Do Three ThingsEven if You're Not Looking for a Job


1. Keep track of all your accomplishments on your current job

If fail to record your contributions and you’re suddenly laid off, you’ll probably forget useful material for your resume. So save your performance reviews and record all your accomplishments at your current job.

All the experts agree you should do this, because sooner or later you'll need a new resume that uses the accomplishments format (see PAR ).

Also scan the job sites and create a few spinoff resumes—just in case. In a shaky economy, many people feel that this exercise helps calm the job jitters.

Ask a resume wrier to showcase your accomplishments. You'll feel like an artist has painted your portrait, and you’ll be amazed how good you look!

2. Build your network of personal contacts

The most effective way to get a better job is through a human contact. The Internet is necessary, but human connections work better. And your human network isn’t limited to your inner circle—each of your personal contacts has his or her own network that you can tap into.

Imagine throwing a rock into still water and watching the waves of concentric circles that expand outward. Your own network of personal contacts expands outward like those waves when you tap into "social networking" sites like myspace and LinkedIn.

3. Cultivate current and former job references and keep your list current

As their official policy, most companies will verify only your dates of employment. To get a useful personal reference, you must personally cultivate your current colleagues and bosses.

LinkedIn offers a handy way to showcase all your job references: Just ask former bosses and colleagues to give you an electronic "thumbs up."

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