Be Positive. The most successful job seekers actually believe that their job search will be a success and network/associate with people who can have a positive impact on that goal. As one of my favorite motivational speakers, Zig Ziglar, once said “You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind; you can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.” I believe this 100 percent and if you want to have a successful job search you need to first regularly think positive thoughts that are related to getting the job you want and be around people who will help you reach that goal.
Do Things Differently. The internet is a great source to connect with people regarding your job search but if you only use it to apply to jobs you are missing out on a ton of opportunities. As Sam Walton the founder of the world’s largest corporation once said, "Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore conventional wisdom". This concept is dead on for a job search; the hidden/unadvertised job market according to some sources accounts for 70 to 80 percent of the jobs on the market.
Plan. From experience and from speaking with fellow recruiters across the US I have found that for every 100 qualified resumes received by a company for a job opening four to seven applicants are invited for an interview and one receives an offer. So in order to make the most of your job search you need to have a daily plan to reach your goals and work it; cold calling and making connections with other professionals should be the foundation of that plan.
If you have the right attitude and a solid plan that emphasizes networking into job opportunities and cold calling employers you will put yourself on the right job track to getting an offer. It will not be easy but you will eventually succeed. Also, be sure to read my “Think Before You Send” and “Tips for a Successful Job Search” articles for specific job search pointers.
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