The fourth element of the jobhunter’s day is one which can draw on the activities of the three previously-discussed realms. I refer to your social activities.
Social needs no definition. It is that people stuff. Networking. You are supposed to do it, many of you love it, most of you fight it.
This is the realm of truth-in-cliche: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
You can become better connected, starting today. Improving your people quotient really must be part of every job seeker’s day.
Go where the interesting people are. That might be in a class, at a coffee shop, at a clean-up-the-park day, at the gym. Or at the pool or your back alley. Meet someone new or reconnect with someone you haven’t seen in some time. Just once a day.
Actually, social activities can permeate the entire day of the successful job seeker. As you are reading up on happenings in your field, you could be reminded of someone you know who would like to read this article. Contact that person now!
As you are filling out a job application, you might think of that casual acquaintance who works at that firm. You could contact him or her and ask a question.
There is little room for depression or inactivity in the life of a job seeker. You’re so busy preparing for the new opportunity (yet to be determined, I know), that after all that conventional activity, the academic research, the creative projects and the socializing, that you will realize that you have taken steps on the structured path toward tomorrow. Your knowledge, your availability, your involvement and your network will support you and make you a keen candidate for that next opportunity.
Here’s a final thought from Harper Lee:
If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
So how are you spending today?