Career Calling

August 29, 2015

Take the Time to Do It Right

 

Benjamin Franklin wrote:  “Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.”

Too often job seekers are in a hurry to make things happen.  They want to write their resume in one day.  They want to receive a job offer after one interview.  They accept the first job that is offered to them.  Listen to Wise Old Ben.  Take the time to get things right.  This doesn’t mean taking forever, or using “getting it right” as an excuse for doing nothing.  Have a plan and a schedule.  In most cases, this means a few days, not weeks or months.  Review what you have done, and ask for opinions from people you trust.  It’s good to have a sense of urgency, but career management is all about making strategic decisions that will affect the rest of your life.  Take some time to make those decisions.

August 16, 2015

Career Advice from Walt Disney

Few people changed American popular culture more than Walt Disney.  From Mickey Mouse to his theme parks, Disney could be said to be as creative in his field as Steve Jobs was in his.  What was the secret to his success?  Disney himself might have captured it best in these words:

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Disney’s words should be taken seriously by anyone looking for a new job or trying to change careers.  It’s important to make plans before we act.  However, too often making plans becomes a substitution for doing something.  If you want to make a change, follow Disney’s advice — “begin doing.”

May 13, 2015

Good Career Advice from Abraham Lincoln

 

I love this quotation from Lincoln:  “Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”  The worst enemy in a job search or career change is inaction.  Whenever you tell yourself that you’ll do it tomorrow, ask this question:  “What’s stopping me from doing it today?”  If you have a good reason for delaying action, then you should wait for tomorrow.  However, if you keep putting off what you should do today, that will limit your opportunities to find a job.  Set written goals and note when you are delaying action.  If “I’ll do it tomorrow” is a habit, it’s one you will need to break to be successful.