Six of us were headed to Bamonte's Italian Restaurant in Brooklyn for a celebratory dinner. Novices to navigating New York City's subway system, we took the wrong train and de-boarded in the middle of nowhere!
Within a short while, a taxi came along and the driver said he couldn't help us because there were too many people for his car. A while later, another cab came by and advised that he was from Manhattan and did not know of our destination. Finally (third time's a charm) out of nowhere came a wonderful cab driver (a Yankees' fan) who was more than happy to help out a very lost Cubs'- loving family from the Heartland.
Lost indeed! We knew our destination -- the end goal was clear -- we just didn't know how to get there! Sound familiar if you are looking for a job? If so, here are a few ideas that being lost on a train somewhere in the city of New York taught me about getting where you want to go...
1. Get really good directions from various sources and make sure that you've covered your bases. Clarify and verify information you have heard or read about job search. Just because somebody told you something doesn't make it so (or true!). Verify, verify, verify!
2. Do not panic if you are lost in unfamiliar surroundings. Do not 'freak out' if you are lost about what to do next in your job search. Stay calm and focused and look for help from those you know and those you need to get to know.
3. Do not get frustrated with people if they cannot or will not help you. There are many others who will help if you keep asking for help in a friendly, pleasant and polite manner.
4. Do not easily give up or get derailed in your quest to get to your goal. There are multiple routes to get to your destination...select the one that seems to make the most sense and will work the best for you.
5. Rely upon your team to help you, guide you and support you (emotionally) in getting where you want to go.
6. Be wary of turning your job search totally over to technology. While your Droid (and the Internet) are amazing tools, resources and devices -- they are not human. Do not overlook the 'human element' of your search. As we readily discovered, the best Droid in the world with all its many apps isn't worth a flip if it refuses to work in the middle of nowhere. (Sorry, Droid -- please know that you are loved most days!) When you are going to an interview, for example, be certain to confirm the exact location and directions on how to get there from a 'real' person. While I love "Betty" and her many GPS powers, she is of little value when she decides not to work when you desperately need her!
7. Do your best to get on the right train so you will be on the right track as you move forward with your job search. And, in the midst of your job search expedition, when and if you realize you are going the wrong way or stuck in the wrong place, stop, regroup, and redo that which needs to be redone.
8. Do not give up in reaching your target destination. While it might be easier to give up, quit, and stop trying, that choice doesn't change the fact that you still need a j - o - b. Do the most you can each and every day to put forth your best effort in achieving your desired goals.
9. Be okay with detours in your job search. Sometimes, the path is smooth and the ride is lovely...others times, the road is filled with reroutes, shutdowns and no-goes before you finally arrive at your intended destination.
10. Be grateful for the ride. Show your gratitude. Speak your gratitude. Have some fun! Say 'thank you' and 'please' along the way.
Here's to your job search success...and here's to The Big Apple!