Job Seeker: Are You Shutting Out the World?

Shutting Out the WorldWhile recently flying back home from a business trip, I noticed a young man seated in the row in front of me as he had a brief conversation with a seat mate. After some quick introductions, it came out that he was looking for a job and he was working on his resume. (Yes, I held my resume writer tongue!)

But as soon as the plane took off, he put on his headphones, closed his eyes… and shut out the world for the rest of the 5 hour flight.

And missed some great opportunities to network.

Other passenger conversations stirred in seats around him, most notably an HR manager with whom I struck up a conversation who was sitting to my left. Had the young man been more available and present in the momebt, I might have tapped him on the shoulder and made a connection with the HR manager.

Who knows where that might have gone?

But instead, his world was limited to his headphones and own thoughts. And basically told the rest of the world to go away. Sitting right next to him was a professional resume writer, career guide, and an HR manager… and he never knew it.

This lesson underscores that in a job search, you never know where opportunity may happen. You are on deck 100% of the time because you never know who you might run into!

  • If you go to the store and are standing in the checkout line…
  • Attend a networking event…
  • Interact with other parents at a child’s athletic event…
  • Meet a friend for lunch and someone at the next table is talking about hiring…
  • Go to a friend’s summer barbecue party…
  • Take the bus downtown…
  • Someone asks to connect with you on LinkedIn…

My point here is that many happenstance meetings turn into fortuitous opportunity. How are you opening the doors to possibility? Are you keeping to yourself, or are you creating those openings to let opportunity enter?

Look at ways at how you might be shutting out the world in a job search, and remove as many obstacles as possible. You never know what might happen!

 

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Dawn_AuthorAbout the Author: Dawn Rasmussen, CMP, is the president of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services, where she provides results-oriented résumé, cover letter, and job search coaching services. She is the official “Get the Job” columnist for One+ Magazine distributed to over 26,000 meeting professionals worldwide, and Talentzoo.com, a job resource site for creative and marketing professionals. Dawn is also a recognized career expert on Careerealism.com – a top 10 world-ranked career advice blog – and a regular contributor to TalentCulture.com’s weekly meeting #tchat on Twitter. Follow Dawn on Twitter!

 

 

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