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In honor of Labor Day, here are my favorite job-hunting resources:

1. For figuring out what it is you are looking for, I love Creating a Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd.  By focussing on your life priorities, you can learn how your job fits into the big picture, especially if you are creatively-inclined.

2. To help structure the job search process and prioritize strategies that work best (networking) over busy work (sending out resumes), I love Get Hired Now! by C.J. Hayden and Frank Traditi.

3. For some great examples of what you can do on your resume to package your experience, take a look at Expert Resumes for Managers and Executives by Wendy S. Enelow and Louise M. Kursmark.

4. For support and connecting with great resources, I recommend the Bay Area Career Center. I can’t recommend The Monday Night Job Club hosted by career counselor Hilary Romanoff highly enough!

5. Best advice ever from the job club (opposite of what you’ll find online about looking for a job in a tough economy): Don’t try to job-hunt like it’s your full-time job.  Get out there and see your friends over coffee or lunch and tell everyone what you are looking for, even if it’s fun and doesn’t feel like the pain of rewriting your resume to respond to a craigslist post.

6. I love/hate craigslist job postings.  It’s like shopping in a superstore.  It works if you really know what you want, and you get in and then out.  Otherwise, there are just too many interesting things to look at and consider and the next thing you know you’ve spent a whole day online, “looking” for a job.  Ouch.  That said, I did discover my current position on craigslist!

7. Second best tip courtesy of job club: Make a table of the job description you are considering.  Put what the employer is looking for in the left column and what specifically from your experience fills their need in the right column.  Use the table as a reference when you tailor your resume and cover letter to apply for the job.  It’s also a great study guide for the interview and will remind you at every stage that it’s not about you, it’s about their business needs.

8. Use social networking tools (LinkedIn and Facebook) to let others know that you are looking and what you are looking for.  Encouraging words from friends will help you stay positive about the job search and give you ideas about where to look and who to talk to.

9.  About staying positive…much of the well-meaning advice on job-hunting on the Internet started to bring me down.  Maybe it was all the Do’s and Don’ts and Musts and Shoulds!  My light-bulb moment was “hey, I don’t have to read this stuff anymore if it’s not helping me feel great about looking for work.”

10.  Still, you’ll be seeking answers to questions like “what should I put on the job application for my salary expectations?” or “what’s the best way to follow-up after an interview?”   Check out  Quintessential Careers.

Job-seekers, I salute you!  May you find your job in good time.