Friday, August 25, 2006

5 Things a Job Seeker Can't Live Without

1. A compelling story
One’s story is not typically compelling the first time told. Practice. Seek advice. If you only have one shot at a great first impression, it must be compelling. Leave me wanting more.

2. A well-crafted resume
I’m not suggesting job seekers are unable to do this on their own. But, we’re talking about one’s livelihood, right. Don’t leave this one to chance.

3. A potent network
Do not wait until unemployment rears its ugly head to start reviving your network. Dive in today and begin networking like your job depends on it. Why? Because your next job depends on it.

4. Good counsel
In the process of building your network, find a well-respected recruiter experienced in your target industry. Kindly offer up a Venti Non-Fat Latte’ for 30 minutes of their time - then make sure you don’t waste it. Show up with ten thoughtful questions targeted at helping you develop a strategy for landing your next gig.

5. Perspective
Don’t leave home without it.

Dennis Smith
T-Mobile Recruiting

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