Day 4 – Executing on a Plan

So, this is the first day of job seeking following a weekend. It certainly gives a weird surreal feeling to the weekend knowing that come Monday, it’s back to the task of looking for a job. It’s mentally grueling, to say the least.

That’s my point for today. Looking for a job is a job. In many ways it’s probably a lot harder than what your actual job was. It’s really easy to get distracted thinking, “I’ll hit it tomorrow.” What I’ve done in the past and am doing currently, is dedicating the morning towards job related activities.

My main task today was applying for an internal job. I know there will be a lot of competition for this job, so I submitted an independent “cover letter” highlighting my accomplishments that synced up with the job requirements. This took some time.

Additionally, I reached out to the hiring Manager, as well as several people that might have some influence. I don’t want the job handed to me, I just want the opportunity to sell myself.

In the past, I’ve applied for jobs following the normal process, hoping that the normal process would pay off. This time, I’m trying to leverage every possible resource (without irritating people) to try and get a leg up. It’s the old adage – It’s not what you know but who you know. Except in this case, I think it’s what I know as well. And that’s my second point. Treat all opportunities seriously – don’t just go through the motions.

That’s it for today – Good luck and keep at it!

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