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3 Keys to Career Success
copyright © by Kevin Donlin

Many clients come to me discouraged that they're working in the wrong industry ... or not working at all.

But by being specific, persistent and flexible, you can get the job you want, with almost no competition.

Kevin Donlin
Kevin Donlin

Here's how.

1) Be specific about your ideal job.
Do you want to work in high-tech? International finance? Marketing? Start by identifying several job titles and career paths that appeal to you. If you can't do that, at least list 3-4 skills that you'd be happy using every day.

Reason? You can't hit a target you can't see. By pinpointing a career, you can then pick companies that are the right fit for you. Even if those firms aren't hiring, you can make inroads by being persistent.

2) Be persistent.
Do research on the Internet or in your local library to learn about your target company, its problems and competitors. Then, devise a solution (or two or three) to present to them. Visit the company and ask to meet with a
hiring manager (get their name ahead of time by calling a receptionist).

By approaching that company as a problem-solver who is motivated and resourceful enough to put together solutions without being paid, you will be miles ahead of your "competitors" who do no more than ask for a job. If
a job isn't available, one might be created for you.

But what if you need a job now, to pay the bills while you're pursuing your dream career? You can still make headway by being flexible.

3) Be flexible.
Consider taking a temp job at an agency that employs people in your field. Specify that you want to do work related to your career goal. Once hired, use your lunch hours to identify problems and solutions. Seek out managers
who can hire you full-time and ask to present your solutions. Eventually, you'll end up doing what you want for a company that you're happy with.

You MUST succeed if you follow these guidelines, because people who do more than what's expected of them always do. Just remember to be specific, persistent and flexible.

Best of luck to you!

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Kevin Donlin is Managing Editor of 1 Day Resumes. The 1DR writers provide same-day, one-on-one resume writing assistance. He is also author of "Resume and Cover Letter Secrets Revealed," a do-it-yourself manual that will help you find a job in 30 days ... or your money back. For more information, click here.

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