Thursday, June 25, 2009

Being passive and unstructured will set you back.

If you've been unemployed for a while now and haven't managed to secure any job interviews, it is likely because you're being too passive and unstructured in your job search approach. Consider the following definition (Dictionary.com):

campaign (noun) - a systematic course of aggressive activities for some specific purpose

Two words jump out of this definition: "systematic" and "aggressive". Take a good, hard look at your current job search campaign and find the holes. Some people will have more holes than others. If your campaign is riddled with holes, start filling them. Develop a plan. Do a resumé makeover. Devise and internalize a 30-second sound bite and value proposition that you feel comfortable giving over the phone. Pick up the phone and dial. Track your progress. And remember, the more tools you use and the more aggressive you are, the more contacts you'll make and the higher your probability of success.

Create forward momentum today. It's never too late.

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