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For example, using a basic Google search, you can find companies of a certain kind in a certain area. For example, accounting firms in Chicagoland. Then you simply go to their individual sites to find out more about what they do and if there are any positions open that match your new career goals. Going a step further, you can use more specific tools on jobs sites, such as the LinkedIn search function. These will let you search jobs or companies by keyword, and filter the results by location or title. This will allow you to see a broad swath of potentially relevant positions, rather than simply searching for jobs at companies that you already know. One you have found a good list of possible positions, you can then research each job and company to make sure they match your goals.

Tom: Anything else we should think about?

Mellody: I have said it before, and i will say it again. You have to remember that in this new, digital environment, you are not just researching employers. They are also researching you! That means you have to manage your digital presence to ensure that you are putting your best face forward. Not only should you be utilizing sites like LinkedIn to highlight your positives, and engaging with your professional network, you have to make sure you scrub your social network sites of anything that could leave a bad impression. Make your Facebook page private. If you use Twitter to follow sports or celebrity news, make sure it is unsearchable or remove your name from it at the very least. You have to make absolutely certain that your personal sites stay personal, while taking advantage of your digital presence to put yourself out there.

Tom: Always great advice, Mellody. Have a great week!

Mellody: You too, Tom!

Mellody is President of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based money management firm that serves individual investors and retirement plans through its no-load mutual funds and separate accounts. Additionally, she is a regular financial contributor and analyst for CBS News.

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