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Best-Selling Author Jon Acuff Helps Boost Your Job Search

1:31 PM, Jun 27, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC - As if finding a job isn't hard enough, Emergency Unemployment Compensation is set to end in our state Sunday, June 30th, so the pressure is on for job-seekers to find work.

Best-selling author Jon Acuff says you might need to change your approach. Here are some of his tips to combating unemployment and reinventing yourself.

  • Get Social - The best jobs might be listed on Twitter, not the classified section
  • Recognize that you lost your job, not your identity
  • Find a job by expanding these three circles: geography, industry and commitment
  • Never put goals on a resume; always put results
  • Stay in job shape: your new full-time job is finding a job
  • Start before you're ready - you don't have to have all the answers, you only control the starting line

Acuff says keep your resume packed with results and don't worry about long gaps in your job history.

"You should never put goals at the top. Everybody puts the same useless goals paragraph on their resume," said Acuff. "What I always tell people instead is to put your results. What's something you did that was really great? Maybe one line from the last job you had even if that was 8-years-ago," he said.

Acuff points to one of the most costly mistakes you can do on an interview or write on your resume: acting desperate.

"People can sense desperation. Very rarely do you want to hire someone who you get the sense of this is their last ditch effort. You want to be someone's first choice," said Acuff. "So in a cover letter, I might say, I'm actively searching for a job and I've got a blog I've built and I would indicate I've put in a lot of hard work, but I wouldn't indicate this is my last hope."

Acuff's latest book release "START" debuted at number one on the "New York Times" best-seller list for Hardcover Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous.