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If You Need A Job, You Cannot Be Shy About Your Job Search


Robby

I often speak with Indianapolis job seekers personally or in presentations groups. And when I do, I sometimes conduct the following exercise:

“Take out your cellphone and go to the contacts application,” I explain. “Now, scroll through and pick out a name at random.”

I wait a few moments.

“Now, tell me something. Does that person know you are looking for work?

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It turns out that basically everyone I ask this question to shakes their head. For some reason, we tend to keep our job search secret. Why is that?

If you need a job, you cannot be shy about your job search.

Shout it from the rooftops! Tell your friends. Tell your acquaintances. Reach out to the people that you have not talked to in a while and let them know.

If someone doesn’t know you are looking for work, they can’t help you find your next job.

Don’t be shy. Spread the word.

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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2 Responses

  1. Laura Neidig July 22 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    This made me feel better about my own job search! I have been telling people, and putting in a fair bit of time networking. I figure they can't tell me about an opportunity if they don't know I'm looking!

    Thanks for the post!

  2. robbyslaughter July 24 2013 @ 10:31 am

    You are welcome. Thanks for the comment—and thanks for not being shy!

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