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04/23/09
Job Search Strategies: Awareness and Persistence
Filed under: Recent Posts, Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 1:55 pm

Can’t help but compliment some folks who have not
thrown in the proverbial towel, still manage their
affairs professionally, continue to develop useful
network elements, and remain focused on their targets
yet are open to newer ideas.

One friend indicated that they applied for ACS
waiver of 2009 dues and received a notice.  The
response was a late notice.  Not giving in, this person
found someone in LinkedIn.com and a contact
person to help resolve the issues.  Although still
registered as a student and membership renewal
is May, this member has been assured to be
approved.  Good effort and worth it.  Keep on
using member services.

Another friend mentioning some language and
cultural difficulties opening up and being
pleasantly persistent.  This person was encouraged
to pick up new insights by reading Larry King’s
book, “
How to talk to anyone, anytime,
anywhere. The secrets of good communication.

The response is that this person has enjoyed
reading it and thinks it will help.

That fact that this person is willing to
pursue learning new skills will demonstrate
a lot.

These are both strong behaviors that represent
an attitude.  For ,in this job market, it is not
enough to have desired skills, fit well into the
culture and have appropriate experience.  One
needs to do or show something extra at
each stage of the hiring process.  [Sometimes
it shows and sometimes it doesn’t.]

Be aware in several directions…

awareness as a “news hound” then follow
up on news leads and trends

awareness about yourself what
  you can improve
  you desire
  you need to manage (nervous mannerisms)

awareness on understanding nonverbal
signals we and others give.

Finally, appropriately using the latest technologies
recognizing how much more is available if
one knows how to access.  Sarah
Needleman
wrote about picking tidbits up
from social networks.  She also pointed
out that phone calls made to business lines
can be traced.  So, if you call and do not leave
a message, your number may still be tracked.
Be prepared to leave a professional
message.

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