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April 2013
Don't Be Blind to Career Opportunity!
by Susan Reynolds

Don't Be Blind to Career Opportunity!

A job search or any kind of career evolution is a roller coaster adventure, to be sure! Opportunities come up, look incredibly exciting and possible, only to slip away in disappointment. But many times opportunity remains despite seeming rejection.

Opportunities are often vague, because organizational needs are not necessary "fleshed out" all the way to the point of having a well-written job description, much less a clear job posting on the Internet or company website. Instead, opportunity lies in the needs of the company leaders as they seek to move their organization forward. Are you poised to help them? I'll save "getting in the door" for other articles and discuss a different aspect of search here:

Perhaps you've been a candidate for a certain position and have been rejected. What are you going to do with the contacts you made in the course of that candidacy? Have you built or burnt bridges? You might be feeling angry and shunned initially, but how you handled EVERY interaction with the organization can determine your next productive steps.

So you can detect that you must give this entire concept some thought in advance of even your first interview, your first resume submission! You are NOT just applying for a certain position, you are entering a possibly career-changing and ongoing organizational relationship, with people who will enter and leave your career path multiple times!

Do your homework. Make sure that you have done your very best to conjecture and understand the potential needs of your target organization. Why are your skills and experience relevant? Do YOU clearly see how you could be helping the organization to achieve its goals? Would YOU hire you? And if you’ve been rejected for a specific need in an organization, then how might you still be useful? Then you must work hard to nurture a different opportunity with the same people. Don't burn your bridges, build them!

Susan Reynolds is a senior partner at NewMarket Careers in Santa Clarita, a job search, career strategy, and resume-writing firm geared toward managerial, executive, and senior level professional careers. She can be reached at sreynolds@newmarketcareers.com or 661-755-3308.

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