One of my favorite sayings is, “Knowledge is Power”. Often times at the end of an information packed workshop, I will ask participants if they believe this saying. Ninety nine percent of the time the answer is, “Yes” – which is just what I am hoping to hear!
My response is intended to get people to think. I always show my surprise with the number of people who agree, and then I tell them that I totally DIS-agree. This usually causes a bit of puzzlement until I explain – it is NOT knowledge that is power, it is the USE of knowledge that is power!
Why did I feel this was important enough to write a blog about it? … because I find people (including myself) are often frustrated, due to a lack of results, about something they are “working” on.
Coming to workshops, reading books and articles, researching the labor market, companies, and occupations– these are all great examples of ways to gather knowledge for a job search. But all of this knowledge will not do anything to help you find your next career position until you put it to use and take action based on that knowledge.
So in the wise words of G.I. Joe, “Now you know, and knowing is half the battle!” The other half is getting yourself in gear and taking action.
Here are a few actions I recommend taking as part of a successful job search:
• Set GOALS and maintain a schedule
• Display a Positive Attitude
• Create a Professional e-mail address
• Secure and carry a flash drive for job search related information
• Complete a MASTER application
• Create TARGETED resumes, cover letters, reference pages, and thank you letters
• Generate CAR Statements and a 30 Second Commercial
• Utilize Social Media
• Practice Interviewing
Bobi Cook is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She currently conducts job skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region utilizing her MBA and over ten cumulative years experience as a professional educator, quality systems manager within the automotive industry, and small business administrator to help job seekers develop and implement successful job search campaigns.