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August 18, 2012
G: Goals. You can deny the touchy-feely aspects of goal-setting all you want, but it's important to have a blueprint for your life. Set short-term and long-term goals. Where do you want to be in one, two, five and 10 years in terms of salary, responsibilities and position? Use your answers as a roadmap for your current and future job searches.
E: Eye contact. If you're interviewing for a position, it's essential to maintain eye contact at all times. It shows you're paying attention and are actively engaged. Ask any recruiter: A job prospect who glances out the window expresses a lack of interest in the position.
T: Thank you. Never overlook a thank-you e-mail or note. It reaffirms your interest in the job and shows potential employers a level of professionalism they'll appreciate in a candidate.
A: Accomplishments. What have you excelled at in life? When you figure it out, tailor your job search to the talents that help you achieve your greatest accomplishment. If you're looking for a job, you might as well search for something that matches up with your strengths.
J: Join. Surround yourself with successful people in your field. Sign up for professional organizations. You'll meet mentors and peers who can help advise you on career strategies. You also may be able to take classes and seminars through the group, which will help strengthen your skills.
O: Organize. When you interview for a job, have any relevant documents with you in case your interviewer needs more information. She finds your work with Habitat for Humanity interesting? Well, here's a letter of recommendation from the organization's local liaison.
B: Benefits. Not sure you should accept a job because of pay that's lower than you expected? Keep in mind that salary isn't the only form of compensation. Don't overlook unique benefits like onsite day care or tuition reimbursement.
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