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The Best Job Search Advice I Have Received

Ask the Employer Job Search Inspiration

During your most recent job search, what single piece of advice had the greatest impact on you?

Amanda Haddaway, Director of Human Resources and Marketing, Folcomer Equipment Corporation:

Organization is key! Although it takes a little extra effort, keep a log with pertinent information about your job applications. You should track where you’ve applied, how you’ve applied (company website or another type of posting), the date you applied and the position title. This type of organizational system will keep you from applying to the same position multiple times and will give you a good indication of when it’s appropriate to follow-up. If you’re using multiple versions of resumes and cover letters, you may also want to note that information in your records. Over time, you may see that a certain resume or cover letter version is soliciting a better response rate from employers.

Ann Bonitatibus, Former Chief Operating Officer, Frederick County Public Schools:

As I reflect on advice given to me about searching for an employment opportunity, there is one phrase that has been repeated: “Be yourself.” Of course! Who else would I be? It took a few job interviews and years of experience to realize what that piece of advice really means. Basically, you and your prospective employer need to be a match for each other. There is no way to truly know if the match is true unless you are true to who you are. Be able to articulate what is in your core, what motivates you, what excites you, what frustrates you. If you try to guess at who the employer wants you to be, chances are you’ll present as less than genuine.

One of the best “be yourself” pieces of advice I pass along to others now comes from a character in the oldie-but-goodie movie Caddyshack. A pro golfer tells an aspiring one, “I'm going to give you a little advice. There's a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.” So, the next time you prepare to interview for a job, get in touch with your core and be yourself… be the ball!

Tanya Wagstaff, SPHR, Business Performance Advisor, Insperity:

“Take the time ALSO to enjoy your break. Enjoy it while it lasts.”

This was the only advice a trusted friend said to me at one point in my job search. And it spoke volumes! He had confidence not only in my ability but also in my future, at a point when it was sometimes hard for me to have enough. What was my friend seeing that I had forgotten about myself? His words reminded me of the importance of balance. That in permitting myself to do both work (the job search) and play, what I may lose in time and energy, I will gain in mental strength, to outlast the temporary phase of joblessness.