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    photoPicture it. Sicily, 1942. If you’ve ever seen “The Golden Girls” a flashback of Estelle Getty as Sophia telling her famous stories likely just ran through your head. She was a great storyteller as are many of my six aunts. Just last week, while mourning the loss of my dear Uncle Joe, my Aunt Joan told me that brewing two tea bags, draining them and then letting them sit on my eyes for 2-3 minutes would remove the swelling from the past three days of crying. It worked like a charm.

    Check your ego

    Successful job seekers check their ego at the door, as one of my college professors put it. They seek out those who have had success landing jobs in this uber competitive market, in their industry and in their profession. There’s a lack of arrogance, which allows a successful job seeker to approach career industry professionals (e.g. career coaches, resume writers, interview coaches) to seek out the resources they need to land a new position – faster and easier than others.

    Network, network, network

    If this were a game of real estate it would be all about location, location, location. This, however, is a game of job hunting and it’s about networking, networking, networking. In over 10 years of coaching professionals in career transition, this has remained a constant. According to ABC News, 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking. If you network, and reach for a goal of three in-person meetings per week, that forward your search and have mutual benefit, you will be a successful job seeker. Understanding the purpose of networking is as important as doing the activity.

    Follow a strategic plan

    Every company from Google to Groupon has a strategic plan and so do successful job seekers. Unsuccessful job seekers take the “shotgun approach” and spread resumes all over the market without any rhyme or reason creating a lack of focus and mass confusion.

    The opposite effect, focused results and success in your search, is created by developing a strategic plan and following it closely. As Franklin Covey wisely said, “Begin with the end in mind.” It also does wonders to keep you motivated as you’ll be able to see marked progress each week and month working with your plan in place.

    Author:

    Adriana Llames is a veteran career coach and acclaimed author of Career Sudoku: 9 Ways to Win the Job Search Game, released with top book seller Amazon.com. She is creator of  “HR In-A-Box,” a Human Resources software product helping small businesses across America and a professional keynote speaker motivating and inspiring audiences with her focused programs on “9 Ways to Win the Job Search Game”, “Confessions of a Career Coach” and “Nice Girls End Up on Welfare.” For more information, visit www.adrianallames.com

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    Adriana Llames is a master career coach and acclaimed author of "Career Sudoku: 9 Ways to Win the Job Search Game", released with top book seller Amazon.com. She is the chief engagement officer at adrianallames communications and a highly sought after keynote speaker motivating and inspiring audiences with her high energy, focused programs on personal branding, social media and networking. For more information, visit www.adrianallames.com

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    13 comments on “The Difference Between Job Seekers And Successful Job Seekers
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      elisha kane says:

      Not only is networking the key so is organization. I have to be organized with everything I do. If it’s not organized in not doing it.

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        I agree if things are not in the right order I get really confussed in frustrated.

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        naomi says:

        I too have to work on my organization, It helps to have a specific area to work and keeping that area clean. I find that when I do that I keep up with my assignments and to do list and feel less overwhelmed.

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      The diffent of job seekers in success job seekers is that a job seeker is just looking for a job any were any how long as they pay that’s good enough for them benefits may not matter. But a successful job seeker put in a lot more effort in support these type of people are looking for long term long life careers in dreams.

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        I agree when looking for a job you must make a plan and stick with it, rather than sending job apps to every place you see hiring , hoping for a call back.

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      Serious job seekers are persistent when looking for employment, sometimes the jobs are hard to find bur the jobs are out there. I have fount that when I am looking for work within my past job experiences these Jobs are still out there. If you are willing to work hare while in school this a good idea that will help with all expenses.

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        I agree that serious jobs seekers are persistent while searching for employment. I you are really serious and dedicated to searching everyday your hard work will pay off in the end. I also have experience in the past when i have job searched that i didn’t have to search as long because I was prepared everyday to search until I found a good one.

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      you have to be persistent when it comes to getting into the job market, because there are others out there looking for work also, you have to do what it takes to stand out from the other applicants seeking work if you don’t you can be over looked.

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        Melissa Nagrassus says:

        I agree with your comment that you have to “stand out.” Even if you have a plan and a process to follow, I believe that you still must find a way to “stand out” and make the employer remember you. This is very necessary because you may not be the only person who has a plan and a process to follow up on and keep up with. If you find just one positive way to make yourself stand out as well as follow a plan I think you will be more successful in job seeking.

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      Denise Davis says:

      I have found it most difficult for me to search for a job in my field of work. I’ve been iut tge field fir several years and has worked up a new strategy by getting back in school ti accomplish what I have been wanting to do for these past years out of my career. Now that I have made it my priority, I will continue to strive for the best and perform all I can to build stability. I’m looking forward to make life more better for my family.

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        Tanya Strausas says:

        I agree with you Denise. I had gone to school 14 years ago for Medical Administrative Assistant and I graduated. But it was so hard finding a position then. I ended up working for a Dentist, a machinery company and lawyers. I then decided to move and came here to Missouri. I then worked for Sprint for 7 years and then got laid off. I then decided to go back to school for Medical Assistant. It was a very hard year but I am almost finished and I can see my future for my family. Its looking really bright and knowing that I have a strong support system gives me even more confidence in my self and how successful I am going to be in my life.

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      Tanya Strausas says:

      I find it very difficult these days to find a rewarding job. I have started to aggressively network with people about any openings in the Medical field especially in Oncology. This is the specialty office or clinics that I want to work. I have recently meet some people that work in Oncology. I am also looking online for any openings. I have found out along my journey that most ways to land the career of your dreams is who you know so networking is very important to being successful.

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      Melissa Nagrassus says:

      I agree that you have to have a plan and be persistent. There is also one other “P” that I like to add to my list, and that is Positive Attitude! Without a positive outlook and a healthy, happy personality you may not go far in any industry. I always try to put on my best smile and the sunniest part of me come out when I am putting in applications and especially during interviews. The trick is to not be fake though, just be happy and positive!

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