Articles > Organizing Yourself for a Successful Job Search - by Scott Brown
Finding the right job today is not something that happens by accident. More and more people are finding that the jobs they are looking for are jobs that others are seeking, as well, and that means that if you want to find a job that you want, there are certain steps that you’re going to have to take.
The first thing that you have to understand is that finding the job that you want isn’t going to happen right away. Sure, it would be great to pick up the paper, find the right job, make a phone call and have your future boss tell you that he wants you to start right away. This is the real world, however, and that means that you’re going to have to do a little bit of work.
So, what can you do to help your chances of finding the right job?
When you’re beginning your job search, before you sit down and get started, prepare yourself – get all of the documents that you need and get situated. Nothing is more frustrating than sitting down to begin your job search and having to wait while you find something that you need and wasting more time spinning your wheels than actually getting anything done.
It’s going to be very easy for you to get discouraged right away. It’s only natural for someone to get down when they’re working on finding the right job and coming up with dead-end after dead end. The same thing happened to a friend of mine who had been looking for a job as a screenwriting teacher. “Time after time, I kept hitting a brick wall and I was just about to go off in a totally different direction when I got a phone call from someone that I’d contacted months earlier. They hadn’t had an opening at the time but I impressed the manager enough for him to keep me in mind – and the funny thing is that the job turned out to be better than anything I’d even been looking at.”
Before you begin that job search, you need to be honest with yourself – and that means you need to know your limitations and you need to know if the job that you want is simply beyond your reach. I mean, I would love to be working as a surgeon in a hospital, but the fact that I don’t have any medical training is probably going to hurt my chances of landing the position.
DEDICATE TIME TO YOUR SEARCH.
Just because you might not hit the right job immediately doesn’t mean that you should give up – but it does mean that you should be spending a great deal of time in searching for that job. You need to go down a lot of blind alleys and dead ends before you finally find what you’re looking for.
You need to do something that is going to stand out from others – but you also need to come across as someone who is serious about their work. Perhaps taking a little time to do something different with your resume might help. With just a little bit of tweaking and using some various fonts and sizes, your resume can have an appeal that the others out there are lacking.
KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE.
Above all, you need to make sure that you maintain a positive attitude. The more positive energy that you surround yourself with, the more likely it is that you’re going to be ready to spring into action when that opening comes along.
Just remember that by focusing on the job that you want and applying yourself, your chances of success are lightyears beyond what others out there are going through.
Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook (http://www.JobSearchHandbook.com). As editor of the HireSites.com weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.
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