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Edition #1


Success is more Attitude than Aptitude.



by “Kay laRocca

You’ve got your resume in hand and you’re ready to “hit the pavement” and head out on your search of all searches, to find a job.  But it takes much more than having just a resume to have a successful job search and there are details not to be overlooked.  When you are ready to begin your job search, keep the following points in mind:

Distribute your resumes and cover letters (in person if possible) to all interested organizations, or just anywhere you would like to work.

If you drop off your resume in person, ask to leave it with the human resources or the employment department and get names, if possible, of those individuals at specific organizations who may be doing the hiring.

Start a “job search file” and keep all pertinent information related to your job search in this file.  Be sure to log all dates, for example, the date the resume was originally distributed.  Wait about one week after you submit your resume and follow-up with a phone call or another personal visit to inquire about the status of your resume.

Check to see if they have your resume on file and if employment opportunities are currently available, or anticipated soon.  Remember to jot down notes in your file regarding follow-ups and the responses you receive.

Keep in mind that in a saturated job market, aggressiveness is a must.  You may need to submit a resume to someone more than once in order to be noticed.  In addition, temporary agencies are not to be overlooked.  Most offer a wide variety of positions and can be a life-saving means of filling the void while looking for a full-time job.  It is also a way of circulating your resume while actively demonstrating your skills and abilities.



During your job search, set small, reachable goals for yourself.  Try using this metaphor: don’t think about getting from A to Z.  It is too overwhelming. Thing about getting from A to B to C, etc.  Each time you reach a small goal that you set for yourself (like networking with five people each day) you are moving closer to the end goal of Z when you land your job!



Don’t miss work.      A minor illness, like a cold, is not a good reason for missing work.  Nor are most personal problems such as childcare or getting your car fixed.  If you miss more than three days a year for these reasons, it may be too much.  Using “sick” time for personal reasons is dishonest.  Even if you don’t feel well, using too much sick time can call attention to yourself in a negative way.  A new employee cannot afford this kind of attention.


The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.  Chinese proverb