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Why Did You Do That?

How often do you ask why you do the things you do

in your job search

➔ There is probably more advice on how to find a job than there are jobs themselves. Ask 100 people; get 100 different answers.

Some work. Some don’t. Some work very well for some people while accomplishing nothing for others. Perhaps the best job search advice is to do what works for you.

There’s more there than what meets the eye

The real puzzle is why some people keep doing the same things over and over with little or no results. There is an old quote – often attributed to Albert Einstein, apparently without real evidence – that says: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

You know the drill. There are people who incessantly submit their resumes to online jobs boards or job websites without ever getting a response – much less even an interview or a job. There are people who continually attend networking events only to come away with little, if anything, positive.

Why do we continue to do things that don't work?

As you pursue your trek through job seeking, it’s probably a pretty good idea to stop periodically to assess what’s working and what isn’t. If your resumes keep going into the Automated Tracking Systems without result, maybe it’s your resume. Maybe it’s the job for which you’re applying. Maybe it’s something else altogether.

Whatever your situation, from time to time take a few minutes to reflect on how your spending your time and what you have to show for it.


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