April 26, 2012

How to Actively Wait

Sounds contradictory doesn't it? Whether you're job hunting, anticipating the next big customer or hoping for that promotion, here are 3 things you can do in the meantime:

Plant more seeds. Network like it's going out of style. It's a numbers game. The more connections you have, the better your chances to accomplish your goals. Attend networking events. Ask for introductions. Follow up like your life depends on it. You can never have too many connections. If you desire growth, never stop meeting new people.

Clarify your niche/offering. The average employer/recruiter looks at your resume for 6 seconds. That means you have a single sentence to communicate what you do. What are your strengths? What makes you unique? What is your brand? If you're not clear, the recipient leaves confused which means you're forgettable. Simplify your message. Now the receiver can make a decision. 

Ask for help. Seems simple, but most of the time your ego gets in the way. It's not any less of an accomplishment if you collaborate. Can you think of one successful person who's gone it alone? The more people you share with, the more eyes looking out for you. Think of it as a value proposition. What can you give that brings value to the customer?

Waiting is hard. Anyone who says otherwise isn't ambitious. Timing is everything and you can't rush that. Be proactive by reaching out, define your message and don't be afraid to ask for help. You can't control time, but you can control how hard you prepare for the opportunity. What are you waiting for?

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