Step 3 Go Get It
It's time to hit the streets!
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge
Now things start to get really fun!
Are you excited? You should be! You have worked very hard (yet smart!) thus far. Now is the fun part. Now you actually get to go after that job you want, tell people about it, and see the magic start to happen. Of course there will be good days and bad, but you are clear on what you want. Now is the time to go get it.You will soon realize that you are more well-prepared than most of your competitors. You will start to find jobs that really interest you in no time. Even better, the moment you do, you'll be ready for it!
Top 6 tips to remember while you are on your hunt
- Persistence pays. What Calvin Coolidge says about life pertains to the job hunt tenfold. Remember that every time you get discouraged. Do not give up. Your dream job is waiting just around the corner. So keep walking!
- Job hunting is really just people meeting people! The thing to remember about hunting for a new job is that all the people you meet are people too, with happy and sad places of their own. Meet people on their level, as yourself, and you will connect with them. Relax and enjoy getting to know new people to see if you want to work with them. Want to know a little secret? Many of the people you meet will be just as nervous as you are about making a great first impression. Even some of the people interviewing you will be nervous about meeting you!
- You can have power in your job hunt! People ask me all the time, “Why do employers have all the power in the job hunt process?” The answer: Because you give it to them! If you know what you want and how to clearly communicate it, then you are in control of most of your job hunt. The more you prepare for the hunt, prepare for each meeting, and ask the right questions, the more power you have. This process is a two-way street.
- Take great care of your network. Keep track of who you talk to, how they helped you and how you can help them.
- Manage your reputation. It is up to you to take care of your reputation. This means being judicious with your online and offline presence. It means being professional everywhere you go and treating others as you would have them treat you. It means making promises you can keep. When you tell a close friend you're looking for a new job, he will probably forward your email to other people and may not think twice about sending it as it is, with an off-color joke or whatever casual thing you sent to your friend. That email can make its way to an HR manager or potential manager at your dream company and you will not be looked upon favorably. So, think before you speak or hit “send.” If you maintain a personal web site, or participate in any of the online social networking groups, make sure you and your friends are presented professionally. Like it or not, you are judged by the company you keep, both on and off the job.
- Believe, and you will achieve! Take steps to knock those negative little voices down when they're shouting in your ear. If you let them, they will be one of the biggest barriers to your success.
"Believe you can, and you are halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt
What to expect in the "Go get it!" section
Now, I will walk you through your job hunt. I'll tell you which steps to take first, and be there to guide you through each and every one of them. I'll enlighten you ("What on earth is going on inside that company? I had an interview two weeks ago and have not heard back!") I'll answer questions, and give you tips on how to make the most out of every stage. In this chapter, I'll help you spread the word, find the jobs, network, apply with panache, interview for success, and lastly, choose the job that’s right for you.
It takes courage to find out how good you can be. - Author unknown