Its the little things – how to start your job search

May is just around the corner. If you are thinking of doing something new this spring or summer, now is the time to put those wheels in motion.

Lying on the couch complaining will get you nowhere. Trust me.  I know. I am a veteran couch potato. I can spend an entire evening clicking through my movie channels while scanning Twitter. Dinner to bedtime…..gone…..

The couch, I think, is attractive because figuring out what to do first is usually pretty overwhelming.

Here’s the secret:  just start. It’s like priming an engine or warming up before running. There is no wrong way to do it.

Some suggestions:

  • Call a former colleague. Start the conversation with “Hi. I thought about you today. How are things?”
  • Check the jobs tab on LinkedIn. Find a job that you think one of your friends might be suited for and send it to them.
  • Look up the summer offerings at your local college or your professional association. If you see something that catches your eye, sign up.
  • Send three thank you notes to people who have done nice things for you. Hand written is best but email will do in a pinch.

These are little steps that will get you going. They are neither difficult nor intimidating but they will get you paying attention to the world outside your living room and that’s the key.

So take the batteries out of the remote and do something!

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