What Job Searchers Can Learn from Olympic Athletes…
by Susan Reynolds
Since so many of us watch the Olympics
with rabid enthusiasm, how about taking the opportunity to step up our OWN
job search game! Almost every element of preparing and executing your job
search is parallel to the challenges and demands of pushing to the top of
an Olympic podium. These people fight hard, compete against the world's
best, use every resource they can find, and push themselves to the top.
When you're searching for a new career opportunity, think of these points:
- Plan: Put your job search strategy
together to qualify for the best of the best. Evaluate your skills and
- Use Will Power: Bring tenacity and
determination to getting in the right doors and finding the best
- Get Up: If you suffer a
disappointment, get back out there and go at it again.
- Measure Up: Use competition against
others to measure your own skills and abilities objectively. Expect
other employment candidates to be excellent, and push yourself past
- Get Support: No one does this alone
with best results. Olympic athletes have many coaches and advisors to
help them along the way. Find and use the resources and support you
need, from family, friends, peers, and professionals in the career
industry. Grow with a great mentor.
- Go for the Gold: Negotiate like you
know what you're worth. Know you can bring a strong contribution to your
new employer. Make sure they understand the value you'll provide.
If you plan your career move using these
tips, you'll see positive results in a timely manner, perhaps right in
Susan Reynolds is a senior partner at
Newmarket Careers in Santa Clarita, a job search and career strategy firm
geared toward managerial, executive, and senior level professional
careers. She can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 661-755-3308.
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