Never job hunt alone!

Job hunting need not be a lonely isolating ordeal.  It can actually be a little fun [yup I'm serious here].  IMHO everyone should have a job-search buddy.  The main objective of your "buddy" is to keep you motivated and honest with yourself.   

 

Few people can work well in isolation, [cave men like me are an exception] but that's exactly what happens when you're looking for a job.  You're typically sitting at home night and day doing research, making calls, and writing letters. Life can become very lonely very quickly. sometimes it's tough to stay motivated.  I think it's important to have someone else to bounce ideas off who will make a "big deal" over your daily accomplishments, because you're not likely to do it for yourself.
–  Your buddy can be looking for a job too but that's not a necessity.
–  The number one rule: be honest with each other.
–  When someone is slacking off, the buddy needs to ask why and try and help work through the blockage.
–  Your buddy needs to hold you accountable, for both the quality and quantity of leads you are following.
–  Your buddy's main jobs are to point out opportunities you may have missed, and to keep you motivated.

Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job search tactics, go to the Guerrilla Marketing for job hunters blog and download the free audio CD.

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