Strategies for Job Seekers – Part 2: Be Ready

No doubt these are challenging times if you’re a job seeker. I know. I’ve been there. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all you have to do to find a job. If results don’t come right away it’s easy to lose your enthusiasm. This second post talks about being ready as a strategy to stay focused, tenacious and moving forward on your job search until you succeed:

Be Ready. You never know where your new job might come from so it’s important to be prepared and open to new opportunities. Here’s a couple of ways to be ready when an opportunity strikes:

  • Introduction1Have your resume written, typed, and ready to hand out or send to someone at a moment’s notice.  Keep a couple copies handy in a folder in your car so you have them with you wherever you go.
  • Contact previous employers or people you’ve volunteered with to ask them if they are willing to be a reference. Having permission and assurances that someone will be your reference enables you to provide the reference’s contact information without hesitation.
  • Request a written reference or testimonials from people you have worked with and keep them handy in your files. They are good to review periodically to remind yourself about your skills and abilities. If a potential employer asks for a reference and that person is out of town it may be handy to be able to give them a copy of a letter of reference from your files.
  • If someone wants to introduce you to someone new, even if you don’t know where it will lead, or see how it fits into your job search, view it as an opportunity to let someone new know about your knowledge, skills, abilities and what you’re looking for.

Trust there’s a reason the opportunity came to you. Follow it.You never know where an opportunity will lead. I’d love your comments.

Linda Hardenstein, MPA, PCC, helps high-level achievers get unique personal systems and procedures in place to accomplish more with ease. She also provides career coaching that helps clients land promotions and find more fulfilling work.