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January 2006
Are You Serious About Your Career?
by Susan Reynolds

People approach a job search in fashions that sometimes remind us of Goldilocks and the Three Bears: too big, too small, and just right… Let's continue with the analogies:

First, there's the career "tire-kicker". These people will say that they're "just seeing what's out there", communicating nonchalance in their attitude toward finding a new opportunity. They seem to want to let the marketplace decide for them if they'll make a move or not. They don't want to expend the thought and effort that it will probably take to land the best opportunity. They surf the Internet and comb the ads, hoping, often in vain, that a perfect job will crawl out from under a rock.

Second, let's consider the "diving board" job searcher. They're panicked. They've allowed their unhappiness and lack of opportunity to reach a critical situation, and are thus faced with making an emergency career move. They must dive for the very first offer, no matter if it's the right move for their career. Sometimes, sadly, these people have financial realities have forced this situation as a surprise to them. So many others, however, have simply not taken positive corrective career action in a timely manner and are suffering the consequences.

Who's "just right"? The professional who carefully evaluates the ongoing situation for their career. They are watchful of trends in their industry, and are alert to changes that may mean that that industry is going to be no longer viable for them. They take steps to know which of their skills are transferable to other industries. They nurture strong networking relationships, including those perhaps of a personal nature, but outside their industry. They know their strengths and have a resume that effectively communicates those strengths. They know their financial value and how to negotiate from a position of strength, for a position of strength.

So which description describes YOUR career situation?

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  or 661-755-3308.

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