A job search can be time-sensitive and fragile. That’s why it’s important to:
✔ Be proactive. You want to take your time to get things right.
✔ Get organized. Define what you want so you can identify the right opportunity.
✔ Relax. Start collecting your materials well in advance of openings.
✔ Think strategy. Design a plan, then take the time to implement it correctly.
✔ Rest. This can be a long process. Spread the work out over weeks, not hours.
Conversely, last-minute job seekers are:
✖ Rushed. Leaving details overlooked in favour of making a deadline.
✖ Stressed. Feeling pressure to get many things done quickly.
✖ Sloppy. Not realizing it takes time to produce robust documents and prepare strong stories.
✖ Unprepared. Throwing everything they can think of at the application process.
✖ Unfocused. Unsure of what to do first (or what to do next).
Instead of missing critical information because you didn’t read the application instructions meticulously or you hit ‘send’ too soon and realized you made a major mistake, start working on your job search strategy BEFORE the opportunity presents itself.
What are you doing to prepare yourself for your next #jobsearch?
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About The Author
Maureen McCann is an award-winning career coach, master resume writer, and master certified interview, employment, and career strategist whose clients include C-level executives, managers, and professionals in all industries including the Canadian banking, oil and gas, healthcare, IT, and government sectors.