SOURCE: Power Connections

April 14, 2010 16:54 ET

The First 30 Days: Why Are They So Important to Your Job Search and What Can You Do to Maximize Your Impact?

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - April 14, 2010) -  It's the last day of work at your current job. Whether you walk out of the office excited at your future prospects or devastated at the unknown future that awaits you -- when you find yourself in the job search, it's the first 30 days that matter most. Susan Howington, President and CEO of Power Connections, an Orange County, California-based executive outplacement firm, follows a strategic process that helps her clients make the move as seamless as possible.

"The first 30 days of your job search are crucial, but that's not to say that if you haven't found a job by then, all hope is lost. In fact, it's quite the opposite," Susan says. "These initial weeks lay the foundation for your career search and executives who do it right are better positioned for the right match to come along."

 Among the key steps Susan recommends executives take are:

  • Complete a professional and personal assessment and job strategy
  • Create your resume, bio and business card
  • Hone in on key networking contacts and companies with whom you'd like to work

The team at Power Connections works closely with executives nationwide to manage all these tasks as well as link them to key recruiters and decision-makers in their community.

Above all, the Power Connections strategy emphasizes the importance of networking. "Reach out to friends, family and business associates to let them that you're looking for a new position and to ask if they have any leads or connections they can provide," she says. "Most jobs are acquired through the hidden job market so make every effort to expand your network by creating opportunities to meet new people."

Power Connections is an Orange County, California-based executive outplacement firm whose mission is to offer world-class service that creates positive and life enhancing experiences for clients. President and CEO Susan Howington and her team of top career management experts, business consultants and executive coaches deliver on this mission by embracing each client's professional vision and objectives, and providing the necessary tools, skills and network to help make their vision a reality. The firm offers a full range of services, including executive outplacement, executive coaching, professional networking and career management consulting. For more information, visit Power Connections online at

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