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Least Favorite Job Search Phase
The Man in the Mirror Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

Like everyone else who loved to dance in the 70's and 80's, I was unable to get Michael Jackson's songs our of my head when I learned of his passing. While some people debate his personal character, very few would debate that his songs were legendary and will be with us forever...

As I reminisce about all of the albums of his that I listened to over the years, one song stands out among the others and sends blaring music into my inner being. Of course, it's "Man in the Mirror". The lyrics to the chorus go like this:

I'm starting with the Man in the Mirror,
I'm asking him to change his ways,
No message could have been any clearer,
If you want to make the world a better place,
Take a look at yourself
And make that change...

The song continues, but, there is so much power in these few lines alone.

Take the economy for example. Are you doing everything that you can to help make a change? We all know people who are struggling more than we are with their job search. If everyone could get back to work they would start buying cars, houses, and plane tickets again, and that would help the economy turn the corner. Are you pitching in to lend a hand? Are you offering your resume or interviewing expertise to others who need your help? Are you sharing job leads among your networking groups or holding onto them just for yourself? Are you forwarding job tips that you find beneficial to other job seekers? Simply put, are you paying it forward?

If you are gainfully employed, are you doing what you can now to make a difference?  In some jobs, everything that you touch causes huge ripples to flow across the world. If you are in marketing and you help launch a new product that saves lives, you are making a huge difference for so many people who you will never meet. If you are in banking and you approve a loan for a new business idea, imagine how many ripples that person will generate once they start working their plan. While it may be a stretch to think that even the ice cream man makes a difference, just think of all the smile he puts on people’s faces when they taste a new flavor. Those happy people will make other people happy because good moods are contagious. Making a difference is easy if you just realize that you are doing it each and every day.

Lastly, if you are in a job that you have lost passion for or if you are searching for a job in an industry you no longer feel a connection with, this may be a great time to consider making a change. Take a risk and have faith that it will pay off. Network your way into a new industry. Ask people that you meet who fascinate you to allow you to pick their brain over lunch. Write a business plan for something you've always wanted to do. Try stepping out of your comfort zone and see what happens. I can tell you from personal experience how rewarding it will be.

Absolutely Abby’s and Michael’s Advice:
If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change... we both know that you can do it!
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!