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Unemployed? 10 Great Reads to Boost Your Job Search

Whether you're newly jobless or you feel like you've been searching forever, unemployment is a tough situation to be in. On top of the emotional and financial stress, you're getting tired of filling out application after application with no return—and it can be easy to want to give up.

But don't lose hope! We've got 10 great articles to help you keep your head up, get yourself out there, and (finally) find a job.

1. Moving On: How to Recover From a Job Loss

In today's economy, being laid off is a sad reality for many. If you happen to be one of the newly (and unluckily) unemployed, here are a few ways to deal—and to recast your misfortune as a new career opportunity.

2. What I Learned Working With a Career Coach

What's the benefit of working with a career coach? More than you'd think! Read on for five big lessons you can learn when someone helps you on your job search path.

3. 5 New Ways to Network That You Won't Dread

Hate networking? We don't blame you. But if the goal is to meet new people, there’s no reason you should be confined to conferences and industry happy hours. We came up with some new ideas to actually make networking fun.

4. 5 Tips for Non-Awkward Informational Interviews

Want to set up some informational interviews, but a little intimidated by the prospect? Here’s a guide to help you get started—and take some of the awkwardness out of the process while you’re at it.

5. Effective (and Non-Creepy) Ways to Stalk People On LinkedIn

If you’re a job seeker, you probably already know that you need insider access to the position you’re after. But how do you get this elusive access? Well, by stalking. Don't worry—it's totally legal, and it's not as creepy as it sounds.

6. 15 Career Experts Not to Miss on Twitter

Looking for a new gig? Step away from the job postings for a minute, and sign on to Twitter. It's an ideal way to connect with other professionals, not to mention get some killer career advice. Here are some choice tweeters who can help you on your way.

7. What You Need to Apply for a Job—and What You Don't

How many times have you found your perfect job—and then decided not to apply because you didn’t meet every one of the criteria they set out? Here’s a secret: You don’t have to! Here's a guide to what hiring managers really want.

8. No Means No? What to Do When You Don't Get the Job

If you didn't get a position you wanted, here's some good news: It's still an opportunity to get your foot in the door for future opportunities, plus learn more about yourself as a candidate. Take these four steps to turn your situation around.

9. 4 Ways to Defeat Job-Search Desperation

Have you found yourself on the couch in your pajamas, day after day, endlessly searching for a job—any job? If you’ve found yourself in job search desperation, here are a few ways to ease your anxiety, take back your sanity, and even score a new gig.

10. 10 Jobs to Check Out This Week

We know: Looking for a job isn’t easy. But it gets a whole lot easier when you know the jobs and companies you’re browsing are all pretty awesome. Check out these jobs from Klout, Warby Parker, and more.

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