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The Three Building Blocks of All Successful Job Searches: Focus

Job searches are work. There’s no other way to put it. Especially when you’re just getting started, it’s going to feel like an uphill climb.

It’s easy to get discouraged, after all there’s really no way to know how long it will take or what the final result will be.

Even so, you can be sure that if you remain focused, stay organized and keep at it, those results will come, and they may turn out to be better than you could have imagined.

You can give yourself a winning edge, however, if you remember the three building blocks of all successful job searches: 

  • Focus 
  • Organization 
  • Persistence

 Today, lets talk about the first building block: FOCUS.

How to Put Focus to Work in Your Job Search...

Increase your effectiveness by working from a written plan. This document must relate explicitly to your career goals and the specific elements you are seeking in your next job. Finish every day by compiling a list of activities to tackle the next morning. Celebrate whenever you successfully complete a milestone or empty your To-Do List.

Eliminate Distractions. Protect your work time! Don’t let distractions, such as watching TV or running errands distract you. Those hours are for job searching only.

Stick to the Schedule. When you’ve exhausted all the items on your daily list, invest time in research. Check out the various job search websites, create lists of keywords to use on job search engines, go surfing for opportunities and see what turns up.

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