Ah, Black Friday. A time for holiday shopping’s savviest to roll out in the masses and line outside our local shopping malls and electronic stores well before preceding Thanksgiving dinners have come to an official close. A time of weary cashiers, bulldozing mothers, and screeching children; of out-of-this-world markdowns on plasma TV’s, 4-for-1 specials, and feuds over wool sweaters. This, my friends, is the plight – and joy – of the early bird out to catch that proverbial holiday worm. And what of that proverbial career worm? Let’s take a look at a few lessons we can take away from the most insane Friday of the year and apply it to our crazy quest for a new job!
Get There Early
Every smart shopper knows that the best deals go to those at the front of the line. And every savvy job seeker knows that it’s in your best interest to stay on top of deadlines and to get your resume in early. It’s easy to scour job boards and then put off applying to jobs you find for a few days; but remember that great opportunities go fast. If you find something worthy of applying to, apply as soon as you can, before the position goes to someone else. It’s also in your best interest to get your resume and cover letter in front of a hiring manager before a lot of other people do, as hiring managers tend to form an idea early on of whom they want to bring on for the job. Getting your name in the final round can be a much harder sell once a manager has found other people they like.
Do Your Homework
The best way to get the most bang out of your buck is to figure out what you want, circle the corresponding deals in the newspaper, and head straight for the prize when you enter the store. Likewise, the most efficient way to search for a job is to know what it is that you want, locate the appropriate openings, and focus on a game plan for applying – and hopefully securing – the reward!
Don’t Push and Shove
Being an effective shopper is all about keeping your cool. The moment you get caught up in sparring with others, you’ll trip and fall and the crowd will pass you by – and probably trample you in the process. As in shopping, handle yourself with grace and poise in the search for a new job. Treat all people with respect, whether they be the people you are networking with, the people who are in charge of hiring you, or the people looking for your help in finding their next opportunity – remember, there may come a time when you need to ask for a favor in return.
Get In and Get Out
If you find yourself at an empty electronics shelf or clothing bin, don’t dwell on it. Move to the next item on your list and get the most out of your day. Likewise, don’t get disheartened if the perfect opportunity seems to come along, and you just don’t make the cut. More than one prospect will arise, and it’s up to you to maximize your chances of securing one by sticking to a game plan and moving on when something doesn’t work out.
Whether you love or dread Black Friday, the important thing is that you have a good time and do what works best for you. Everyone has a different shopping style, just as everyone has a different approach to searching for a job. So whether you like to get in there early or come in at the eleventh hour, devise a strategy that allows you to get exactly what it is you want, before the good stuff sells out.
The Doostang Team