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Getting Hired: Your job search requires a series of steps

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From page B8 | January 13, 2013 |

MARVIN WALBERG

I’ll admit — I love Facebook.

Through Facebook I’ve been able to reconnect and stay in touch with friends I haven’t seen since high school and college. I won’t “share” how many years that’s been, but I will “share” a couple of quotes that were posted recently on Facebook.

I don’t know who wrote these quotations, so I’ll have to credit our old friend “Anonymous,” but I think they are definitely relevant to searching for a job.

Here they are:

– “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always, ‘NO.’ If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

My dad used to simplify it by saying, “If you don’t ask, you’ll never get.” That’s pure and simple – and true of everything you do in life.

If you believe in yourself and your ability to perform beyond an employer’s expectations, step forward and make yourself known. Ask for what you believe you should have. If you’re good at what you say you’re good at, you’ll make two people happy — you, and your next employer.

– The second quotation: “If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.”

I end every “Getting Hired” column with: “Do what others fail to do!”

That’s a similar philosophy – it’s a matter of doing what you know is right no matter what others may suggest. Conducting a job search is a process of steps that must be taken, and each step must be completed before moving on to the next.

Nick Saban, head coach of The University of Alabama’s national champion football team, says the same thing about playing football. It’s a process, and each step must be performed correctly and completely – each player has a job to do and must focus on each step of his job. That’s how you become a champion.

But, in football, as in life, sometimes you have to scramble and improvise. If you maintain your focus on the job you have to do, you can still find the goal line. So don’t be afraid to take a few chances – ask for what you want, don’t just take someone else’s word for something, and try something you never done before if you think it will get you across that goal line.

“Do what others fail to do!”

Marvin Walberg is a job-search coach based in Birmingham, Ala. For contact information, see marvin-walberg.com. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, shns.com.

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