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Cruise Control

When is the best time to let up in your job search?

➔ One of the better technological advancements from the past several decades is the cruise control on your car. It’s a pleasure to be on the open road and maintain the same speed for however long you can. (It’s also economical.)

The term cruise control has since been applied to any number of life’s experience. First-place sports teams with large leads over their nearest competitors are said to be on cruise control. Students nearing graduation have been labeled as being on cruise control. And so on.

What about your job search?

Is this a good time to put your job search on cruise control? After all, it’s the holidays when business activity tends to slow due to time off and vacations. If not now, is there ever a good time to put your job search on cruise control?

In our estimation, no. (Of course we believe in the concept that looking for a job is a full-time job.)

While all that we just said about the holidays is true, it also means that this is a good time to reach out to your contacts who, unless they’re on vacation, are more likely to be in their offices and available to speak and/or meet with you.

Moreover, there most likely is not a good time to take your foot off the gas. Even if the economy is in the dumper or the job market is not strong, the determined job seeker keeps the pedal to the metal. No matter how bad the economy, there are still companies who are hiring. They may be harder to find, but they’re out there.

The strange thing about a job search is that you never when or from where that next job lead may surface. Right now, it’s your job to be ready for it.


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