Getting the Job
♦ It's a Numbers Game I.
Apply to every possible job opportunity that you can find,
even if it does not appear to be a perfect fit. You never
know which opportunity is going to turn into or lead you to
that dream job.
♦ It's a Numbers Game II.
Talk to as many colleagues, family members, friends,
neighbors, acquaintances, and anyone else with a willing ear
as possible. You never know who is going to be the right
connection for that great job.
♦ Think Strategically, Act
Tactically. Have a specific strategic plan for every
job opportunity and networking contact. Have a tactical plan
that you can easily follow to achieve these strategies.
Haphazard efforts never turn out well.
♦ Practice, Practice, Practice.
Take as many interviews and tell as many people about your
skills and experiences as possible. It takes a long time and
many such discussions to develop a polished interview pitch
and, once developed, you must use it regularly to stay in
♦ Follow Through. Much like
a golf stroke or batting swing, follow through is
everything. Be sure that you follow up on all opportunities
in a timely fashion and never miss an activity that you have
committed to. Be punctual, precise, and persistent.
♦ Don't Get Caught Off Guard.
Be completely prepared for the unexpected call from a hiring
manager or potential referrer. Have all information and
notes readily available to speak intelligently and
confidently on the matter at hand.
♦ Be Happy. Candidates that
are enthusiastic and optimistic have the best chance to win
the good jobs. Be sure that you are exuding positive energy
any time you have contact with someone involved in your job
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