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Written by Abby Kohut   

Today is the day that we celebrate our Independence, but since 1776, every day is Independence Day in America. It is a privilege that we have the freedom to make choices of where to live, what to buy and what to eat – it is a privilege that many of us take for granted. Aside from having freedom in our lives, we also have freedom in our career choices, in how we search for a job, and how successful we are in it once we find it. It's all about thinking independently…or doing things differently than everyone else.

Independent thinking is the key to leadership. Leaders bring new products, new inventions, and new ideas to their organizations. Thinking outside the box and sharing it with others is the first step towards becoming a leader.

New jobs offer great opportunities to learn new skills – make a promise that you will try to learn something new about your industry or your job every week so that you can become more valuable to your employer.

Determine the skills that you are lacking that are preventing you from moving forward in your career. Then, find a way to acquire them while you have the time.

Everyone has a business idea inside of them. Perhaps this is the year for yours to emerge. Many of the most successful businesses were launched right after the Great Depression.

Pay it forward. Help other people who are struggling with their search. Find a job search buddy and help make them successful.

Enthusiasm is contagious. If you start to see work as enjoyable, others will follow along. Positive energy creates happy employees and happy employees can achieve far more than grumpy ones.

Networking is not just for not working – continue to build professional relationships outside the office even after you land to help you continue to grow your career.

Dare to be different than everyone else during your job search – think outside the box – find new ways to get recruiters to notice you.

Expect to be successful with your job search. Think positively each and every day. Success is just around the corner – you might be looking at it but you’re just not seeing it.

Notice what the most successful people in your company are doing, saying and wearing – ask one of them if you can pick their brain over lunch.

Celebrate the small successes. Set goals that you can achieve by breaking larger goals into smaller ones.

Encourage other people. If people at work are venting or complaining, make a conscious decision to act differently. Remind them of all the positive things in their environment and soon they will start to recognize them on their own.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Appreciate the freedom that you have in your life and in your job and career choices. Don’t just act independently…think independently…and success will tag along.
 
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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!