10 Vital Tips for the Job Seeker

10 Vital Tips for the Job Seeker

When I job search I take my own advice. I'm currently trying to change jobs, careers, and locations. Oddly enough, I was accused of calling someone a "Welfare b****" when I gave this advice. The individual seemed to think her age and experience was beyond these recommendations. That I am older and have more experience didn't seem to change her mind.

Also know that I learn from books much better than webinars, seminars, or any talking head I've ever met. There are some really good speakers and videos available but for me they are introductions until I can find the book.

That said, here is the advice I am currently following.

1. Integrate "The 7 Habits for Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey. You must begin with the end in mind.

2. Some recent version of "What color is your parachute" by Richard Bolles. Look at transferable skills vice being stuck in a rut.

3. Prayer and Introspection. God does talk when I shut up and listen.

4. Find supporting, positive, people. I have a list of friends and former co-workers I can turn to for encouragement when the job search wears me out.

5. Recommend people on LinkedIn, and don't be too shy about asking for recommendations. Sometimes I get really down and reread what folks have said about the positive difference I have made.

6. Have a life. Some hobby or other distraction. Skim the book "Flow" at the bookstore. It's a pretty good book but the short version is that we are most joyful when we are doing something fun that stretches us just a bit. Buy the book if you have the spare $$.

7. Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters web site. I'm not totally sold on it but they do have some good ideas. Free CD download too. The book version is "Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters" and I have that too.

8. Help others out. This is one idea from GM4JH. Skip the networking party and write a tutorial or some code that solves a problem. Share said tutorial or code.

9. Once you have your web presence/portfolio/resume on line, go read blogs on topics you are passionate about. Add constructive comments. "Way cool!" does not count. Something like "This works well with the Aqueduct Project. Thanks So and So for your thoughts. Have you tried this with XYZ?" Make sure your web self is positive, professional, and helpful.

10. If you're a geek, read "The Personal MBA" by Josh Kauffman. He really makes business make sense and explains the concepts needed to get your geek ideas accepted as good business practice. Buy this book since Josh has had some personal setbacks due to wildfires out west.

Bonus Tip: Avoid processed sugar. Depression often accompanies job searches and processed sugar makes the depression worse.

Double Bonus Tip: Accept being loved. Job searches can really make you doubt your value and beat the heck out of your self-image. A supportive spouse and a faithful dog (or two) can keep your heart healthy physically and euphemistically.