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Top-Ten Job Hunting
1. Your friends, acquaintances and networking contacts know who
you are and what you want. Not true! You need to be very clear
with them as to your experiences, what you are looking for and what
you would like them to do for you.
2. People will do
what they say. Although most people have good intentions, they
don't always follow through on what was discussed with you. You will
need to remind them of their promises without being pushy.
3. Wing it!
It's always better to have structure to your search. You should
analyze the situation and then develop a course of action.
4. Executive search
firms and employment agencies are the best avenue to a new job.
Not true! They represent a couple of sources you should consider, but
not at the exclusion of other resources. Search firms work for their
clients, not for you. Remember, networking is how most professionals
get their jobs.
5. Ads are an
effective way to conduct a job hunt. Wrong. Similar to search
firms, this should be included as one of several resources in your job
search but a very small percentage of MBA's will find jobs from ads.
Keep in mind that many positions are never advertised or put out to
6. Those few hot
leads will pan out. Unfortunately, these usually do not pan
out. The most promising networking conversation may lead nowhere. At
the same time, the most unlikely contact may lead you to a golden
7. Rejection is
aimed at you personally. This is perhaps the toughest part of
the job search. Try to view yourself as a "product" for the purposes
of the job search. This is an effective way to depersonalize the
8. It's okay to
have an unclear job focus. It's important that you have focus
and that you believe that this will not limit your opportunities. It
is all right to change your approach based on whom the customer is you
are trying to attract to your product (you).
9. Let's talk money
first. Try not to discuss salary until the employer has
decided that you are the right person for their team. At this point,
you will have more leverage in attaining your goals in this area.
10. The "I'm too
old" syndrome. Try not to accentuate age, but instead focus on
the rich skills and experiences you bring to the table. It's too easy
to blame your age for lack of success in the job search process.