Black Friday, As Compared to the Job Search

Previously I wrote about the Job Search and how it compares to dating, and when I came across this blog I thought that the Black Friday comparison was right on the money.  I don’t want to ruin the comparison by peppering in my own comments so here goes:

1. Get There Early

Every smart shopper knows that the best deals go to those at the front of the line. And every savvy job seeker knows that it’s in your best interest to stay on top of deadlines and to get your resume in early. It’s easy to scour job boards and then put off applying to jobs you find for a few days; but remember that great opportunities go fast.

2. Do Your Homework

The best way to get the most bang out of your buck is to figure out what you want, circle the corresponding deals in the newspaper, and head straight for the prize when you enter the store. Likewise, the most efficient way to search for a job is to know what it is that you want, locate the appropriate openings, and focus on a game plan for applying – and hopefully securing – the reward!

3. Don’t Push and Shove

Being an effective shopper is all about keeping your cool. The moment you get caught up in sparring with others, you’ll trip and fall and the crowd will pass you by – and probably trample you in the process. As in shopping, handle yourself with grace and poise in the search for a new job. Treat all people with respect…

4. Get In and Get Out

If you find yourself at an empty electronics shelf or clothing bin, don’t dwell on it. Move to the next item on your list and get the most out of your day. Likewise, don’t get disheartened if the perfect opportunity seems to come along, and you just don’t make the cut. More than one prospect will arise, and it’s up to you to maximize your chances…

What did you do today?

P.S. Read the whole Doostang blog entry about Lessons from Black Friday.

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