This is one in a series of blog posts I have been cogitating upon about job hunting...
I spend a lot of time talking about my dog. Ernest is a pretty special basset hound. Many have remarked on him - his markings, his personality and his demeanor. We were very lucky to be picked by him.
He has also taught me a lot about patience, tolerance in the pursuit of a new career path. I have learned much from watching him interact with others to win over their hearts and their minds.
1. Pick a path to follow, but be prepared to make adjustments.
E goes for four walks a day. They are not long walks, they are very thorough walks - no blade of grass goes unsniffed and no phone pole goes dry. He has a set pattern of walks he takes every day. However, at times something sends him off down another street, a scent or a lead. Some times that street brings him to a new discovery or a new friend. If not, we don't take that path again.
Job hunting is very much the same. We routinely set up job agents and check for results daily or weekly. If nothing interesting or compelling is being returned by these agents, if may be time to shake things up and try something new. Check out key words in new job listings that are pertinent to what you are looking for, it may be time to adjust your search to find new leads.
Ernest walks so much not because he needs the exercise, but because he craves the attention of his public. He loves meeting and greeting his old friends and making new friends when we explore new territory.
Getting out there and networking is hard. Putting yourself up for public scrutiny and judgement can be painful when you are shy or out of practice. It takes time and courage to start networking. Start small, work on your small talk and your pitch (genuine) and soon people will be seeking you out.
3. Sit to greet
E infuriates me at times because he refuses to advance while walking because he sees another dog in the distance. In a way, this is good. He recognizes something is coming our way and wants to meet and greet before moving on. He does the right thing in doggie obedience training. He sits to greet and if the dog or owner is friendly, they sniff,wag and sometimes play. If he gets a bad vibe, he tends to move away and lets the dog move on without a lot of interaction.
Do try and make an effort. Eye contact, a firm handshake, calling someone by their name, trying to introduce that person to others around you are all good ways of showing your interest in someone and you are being polite. Don't be aloof, be respectful.