Perhaps it's just fate …

Nearing the three year mark in my current job search, there is great temptation to figure that I'm doomed and/or damned to being unemployed in the current economy. You've read the posts … but I'm not planning on this being another angry, bitter rant, instead I thought I'd bring in something light-hearted: Your career path, according to the Chinese Zodiac ... I stumbled over this in the past week, and figured it was topical, given the Chinese New Year. Instead of the Western Zodiac's running through 12 symbols during the course of each year, the Chinese version has a particular animal associated with each year in a 12-year cycle, which in turn cycles through five elements (over two years each, with both Yin and Yang aspects – see here) so that each element-animal paired sign (for instance, I'm a Fire Rooster) only repeats every sixty years.

Anyway, the piece linked above is a look at what should be the best type of careers for each of the major 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac. Personally, I didn't think much of what it had for Rooster in regards to my work preferences, but maybe that's why I can't get a freak'n job … ahem.

Do you want an update of my job search? No, probably not. Let's just say that since that last micro-burst of interviews back in mid-December, it's been a lot of spewing resumes out into the void. What? That sound? Oh, just my teeth grinding.

Here are this week's bunch of links that I thought were useful enough to pass along to you … hope you find some of these of use:

LEARN HOW TO UTILIZE SPREADSHEETS TO ORGANIZE YOUR JOB SEARCH

ONE VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION TO ASK DURING AN INTERVIEW

TEN THINGS JOB SEEKERS MUST DO IN 2012

Social media not your thing? Could hurt your job search

Job seekers: No need to highlight that work gap

How to Make Great Connections on LinkedIn

New tools for your job hunt

Structure: Is It Missing In Your Job Search?

Best Careers for 2012

7 Key Tips to Boost Your Chances of Getting a Job

If You're Going Job Search, Do It Like This Executive Does

Hate When Companies Don’t Provide Feedback On Job Applications? StartWire Is For You.

And, quelle suprise, these have been carefully blended into the alphabetically-sorted rich mass of previously featured links, and available for download as a 50-page .pdf e-book here: TJS-LinkList-120127.pdf

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