Happy New Job in 2007 -- Part 2

  • Article by: KEVIN DONLIN , Star Tribune Sales and Marketing
  • Updated: July 11, 2008 - 9:58 AM

While I can't help you lose 10 pounds or finally learn French, if you've resolved to find a new job in 2007, here are two shortcuts to try ...

We're now about one week into January. How are those resolutions coming along?

While I can't help you lose 10 pounds or finally learn French, if you've resolved to find a new job in 2007, here are two shortcuts to try ...

1) Find Someone to Model

The most successful people in history have one thing in common: They all modeled themselves on someone else.

Before conquering the known world by age 33, Alexander the Great learned the Iliad by heart and took Achilles as his military model. Julius Caesar envied and emulated Alexander. Napoleon studied and imitated Caesar.

In music, Chuck Berry emulated his teacher, Ira Harris. The Beatles learned from Chuck Berry. And everyone learned from the Beatles.

Luckily, you don't have to invade Gaul or learn the guitar. All you need to do is find a new job. And you can do it faster if you emulate one or more highly successful people at work.

Look around. Who has the job you really, really want? It may be your sibling, best friend, neighbor or someone in the news. Pick one or more people and model yourself on them.

Then ask yourself questions to identify the critical success traits to emulate:

* Where did they start in their industry?

* How did they reach the top?

* What books and magazines do they read?

* How were they hired for the job they now have?

Have FUN with this and really try to adopt the mindset of your model, right down to the smallest detail.

The final question is this: What one thing should I be doing right now if I want to emulate the success of my "workplace hero?"

Then, get busy doing it. In a year's time you may not believe how far you've come!

2) Let Others Sing Your Praises

Here's a job-search trick that's more than 100 years old, updated for the 21st century.

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