4 Classic Quotes about your Job Search

  • Article by: KEVIN DONLIN , Star Tribune Sales and Marketing
  • Updated: May 16, 2011 - 10:33 AM

What can Leonardo da Vinci and Will Rogers tell you about finding a job? Plenty, it turns out. Read on for some new twists on timeless advice that might help you get hired faster.

What can Leonardo da Vinci and Will Rogers tell you about finding a job?

Plenty, it turns out.

Read on for some new twists on timeless advice that might help you get hired faster …

1. "Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active."
- Leonardo da Vinci

You see, your subconscious mind can solve problems while the rest of your brain and body are doing other things, like sleeping, eating an apple, or showering.

Example: You suddenly remember seeing the name of your ideal employer two weeks ago on the Facebook profile of your high school buddy.

Inspiration can strike anytime, anywhere, so be ready to capture these ideas. Two ways to do it: a portable voice recorder (there's probably one in your cell phone) or a pocket notebook.

Sure, most may ultimately fail, but you could be just one good idea away from a new job. You'll never know unless you test them out.

2. "You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction." - Alvin Toffler

The average job search takes 34.2 weeks - more than 8 months -- according to Dec. 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.

That means the #1 Big Thing in your life must be finding a job. And every small thing you do each day must point in the direction of employment.

Any time you're not sure whether you should be doing something, ask yourself: Is this moving me closer to a new job? If not, stop doing it.

Examples of small things to analyze with your employment goal in mind:

* Email. Do you really need to check it every hour? Are employers contacting you that often? Would two or three email checks per day suffice instead?

* Errands. Yes, it's good to get out of the house, but couldn't you do your banking or shopping after first having a networking lunch or coffee with a person in your target industry?

* News from TV, print, or online. Do you really need to sit through 30-60 minutes of bad news on TV each morning and night? How will it make you more employable?

3. "When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging." - Will Rogers

If you've been taking the same actions for months and not getting job offers, stop.

Examples of tasks that may not be working:

* Applying only for advertised jobs … instead of having business discussions with decision makers who can create positions for you or introduce you to other hiring managers.

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