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  • While in Transition, Focus — But on What?

    Try to Focus photo from ShutterstockI, for one, fully understand those in transition. I’ve been there at times myself–and for way too long. Life for the unemployed is hugely confusing. The quasi life equilibrium that used to exist before the transition period has been lost. And everybody you know seems to want to be helpful by giving you (nonprofessional) advice, which can add another layer of confusion to your bewilderment, thereby causing further disorientation. So, what’s the best thing to do to get back on track, get a job, and reach a life balance again? The answer may seem too simplistic: FOCUS.

    You’ve probably heard the cliché “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re going nowhere.” How true, so therefore you need a path, a direction, and a huge amount of mental energy to stay focused on the right things.

    The following (professional!) advice is paraphrased from a recent networking presentation given by my friend Abby Kohut, who’s one of the smartest people I know in this business.

    • Thirty percent of your time should be spent in live networking. Sixty to 80 percent of people get their jobs via networking. Think about how you got your last job: probably by talking to someone who put you in touch with others, and the next thing was an interview.
    • Another 30 percent of your time should be spent on applying for jobs online, generating leads, and communicating via e-mail.
    • Twenty percent of your time should be spent on volunteering. It is critical for your mental health simply to be with people, to get involved, and to get exposure.
    • The last 20 percent of your time should be spent doing things for yourself. People are like batteries: periodically, they need to be recharged. In order to project to the hiring manager via the interview that you are the ideal candidate, you have to feel good about yourself. So, whatever makes you feel that way, do it!

    By following these guidelines, staying focused, and cultivating perseverance, you’ll be handsomely rewarded with a job you deserve.


    Alex Freund, known as the “landing expert,” supports job seekers into employment. He is known for making people feel comfortable when interviewing. Alex is an effective and successful career and interviewing coach. He is prominent in several on- and off-line job-search networking groups, makes frequent presentations, and conducts workshops on effective resume development and use of LinkedIn in the job-search process. Alex has been teaching for several years a career development seminar, and his blog designed especially for job seekers is widely published through various popular blogsites. Prior to his current position, Alex managed many large departments in two Fortune 100 companies. Alex maintains and publishes The Landing Expert List, a free directory of job-search networking groups via his web site at http://www.landingexpert.com Alex is a Cornell University grad, lived on three continents and speaks five languages.

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    One comment on “While in Transition, Focus — But on What?
    1. avatar
      Allyson says:

      Not sure why but I personally do not know anyone who got a job from networking!!

      I know people who got them from linkedin or from applying online to a job posting someone else spotted and sent to them, if you count that as networking.

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