June 8

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Find a New Way

FlowerI have not failed.
I have just found 10,000 ways
that will not work.
Thomas A. Edison

 

Thomas Edison is known as a prolific inventor.  He invented the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical lightbulb, to name a few.  But you don’t get to come up with new ways of doing things without trying and failing at many more.

I love Edison’s attitude in this quote…he didn’t fail, because he learned valuable lessons from what didn’t work that helped him be successful in the end.  You can always learn something from what didn’t work.

How does this apply to your job search?  Like this:  If you know something isn’t working, figure out what it is, learn from it, and change it.

  • If you’re sending out your resume but it isn’t getting interviews, you need to redo your resume.
  • If you’re applying online but not getting a response, take a page from Ed’s book and do something different.  Ed applied twice to the same company and never got a response at all.  He contacted the hiring manager directly and got an interview almost immediately. (See Ed’s story)
  • If you’re getting interviews but not job offers, there’s something you are doing or not doing in your interviews that’s keeping you from a job offer.  You may need a little interview coaching to see what that is.

Don’t get discouraged…just do something different.

Best of luck!

 


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