Go On. Get Out There!

Happy Belated New Year! I am going to be writing and bringing lots of new information through my blog as the year continues, so I hope you find it interesting.

I was reading an article titled “The Don’ts For Applying For a Job” and they had about 10 points. There were two that I thought were worth expanding on. The first talked about not being lazy and goes on to talk about how you should be taking classes or go to industry meetings etc. While I do believe that looking for a job can take a good portion of your time if done right, I agree that unemployed job seekers need to get out there for so many reasons. First it allows you to get out of the house and focus on something other than the fact you don’t have a job. Second, it builds your confidence if you are participating in life and learning something new, particularly if it can expand your skillset for a job. Third, you can network which is the best way to find job opportunities. So, push yourself. Look up job clubs or associations in your local area. Or go to Starbucks a couple of times a week and be outgoing. You never know who you will meet. It could be someone who knows of an opportunity, so make sure you don’t focus the discussion on how depressed you are about not having a job. Talk about things outside of job seeking first and enjoy conversing. After a bit, then bring out how you are searching and be upbeat that it is an opportunity for something new and exciting.

The second item that caught my attention is “Don’t be a cliche.”  It talks about how everyone thinks they are good with people and learn quickly, so find other ways to differentiate yourself. I agree. I hear this all the time. Find unique qualities that showcase who you are and the value you bring. I can’t tell you how often I talk with people about their resume and when I ask what makes them special they say those exact two things. Now, if those qualities are really your strengths then show how you have used them to better the company somehow, rather than just stating the words. And if you don’t have specifics, then find other skills that you can demonstrate through success stories instead.

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