“People are good at finding ways to delay a job search,” says Dave Sanford, (winterwyman.com). “Whether the job market is strong or weak from a hiring standpoint, no time is better or worse, because companies are always looking for good talent. The bad market often serves as a convenient excuse for people to delay a job search, though. The best time to advance your career is right this minute. Stop making excuses.”
So, think about it as eating a four-course meal.
First, get ready to appear at the table. Cart your duds to the cleaners; your locks, to scissors. Spit-shine your shoes.
Define what you want. Pinpoint where to find it. Give clues on your resume and in your elevator pitch that you belong there.
Never miss a local story.
Eat your veggies and the main course. Take control of your calendar. Carve out a block a day to see at least one prospective employer. Carve a telephone block for calling at least 10 employers. Carve a research block to identify employers for the next day. Carve a block for sending out resumes and cover letters. Enough carving. Apply online as an afterthought.
Dessert’s up next. GO for it!
Dr. Mildred L. Culp welcomes your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Copyright 2009 Passage Media.