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Success is a Journey
ReadySet HIRED! is an online monthly newsletter which features advice, guidance, and answers for individuals who are actively searching in the marketplace for employment.
Featured Article My Coaching Actions & Top Ten Mistakes Quick Tips Poll Quotables
Message from the Editor
Welcome to the ReadySet HIRED facebook group! Readysethired.com is an interactive website designed to take you step-by-step through the job search process, from getting started right through to beginning your new job. With 10 easy steps, 50 different actions and dozens of downloadable resources including checklists, worksheets and an e-book, the ReadySet HIRED! website provides you with everything you will need to manage a successful job search.

We're glad you came back to join us on the way to getting ReadySet Hired! In this month's newsletter we'll discuss the meaning of success as it pertains to your job hunt. You may be surprised to learn that while you've been dreaming of success, it has been harboring along side you every step of the way. Read on to discover that things are not always as they seem!
Success is a Journey
My Coaching
Develop SMART objectives to define your goals and align them with your career and life plans.

Specific: Create a job search plan outlining your goals and objectives so you know what needs to be done.

Measurable: Are your goals measurable? How will you know when your goals have been attained?

Attainable: Are your goals realistic? Can they be accomplished?

Relevant: Are your objectives relevant to finding a job? Will they keep you focused and on track?

Timely: Have you set a timetable for your goals?
Author, Ben Sweetland once said, "Success is a journey not a destination." With your career, as with most things, this is true if a great job is your destination.

As you Get Started in fast tracking your job search, you will learn the 5 actions necessary to Get Started on the right track. More importantly, you will learn that success is measured by the work you invest, and the attention you afford in getting the job you want.

For eager job hunters, our destination-the highly coveted 'dream job'-is up in lights for us to admire and gravitate towards. It is what keeps us awake at night-perhaps during the day as well-and makes us want so badly to succeed! But we should be careful to avoid the trap in thinking that success will follow once the dream job is attained. Rather, success precedes your dream job. Consider that self-confidence fosters the dream job and not the reverse. Be careful not to attribute too much meaning to the job itself, or you will run the risk of never fully realizing your capabilities. After all, your destination is proof of all your hard work and more importantly, proof that you know who you are and what you can do. Without hard work, there would be no destination to reach!

The job attained is the marker of what we did, not who we are. So before you get carried away with career titles, learn to value the journey and the many treasures it can reveal. This way, the rewards you reap once you've reached your destination will be truly yours to savor!

Let's Get Started!

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5 Getting Started Actions
Here's a summary of the five ReadySet HIRED! getting started actions. Click Here for more detailed descriptions of these getting started actions on our website.
Cultivate a positive attitude
You've heard it before - attitude is everything. Individuals with the right attitude will succeed in their careers. The same holds true for job hunters. Although the hiring process can be tedious, remember that nothing great was ever accomplished without gusto!

Get organized
You may have a great attitude and the best intentions, but you're bound to be at a disadvantage if you're disorganized. There are some simple steps you can take up front to ensure you have all of your documents and information organized and accessible at a moment's notice. Keep your hard copy documents organized in a tabbed accordion file.

Get to know yourself
Asking yourself the right questions will help focus your efforts and steer you in the direction of success. What are your strengths? What do you like to do? What are your skills, technical and otherwise? What skills would you like to develop? What kind of work environment suits you? How much responsibility can you handle?
  Make a plan
Plan your work and work your plan, as they say. Without a specific plan in mind - and on paper - your search will be an aimless one. Sure you may stumble upon an opportunity, but your chances of success are much greater if you create a plan - and stick to it.

Take action
Job hunting is not an easy task, but it is a rewarding one. It could take a great deal of time and effort before you succeed at finding, then landing the right job. Once you start taking action, it will be easier to keep up the momentum.
Once you set up an organization system, be sure to maintain it regularly. Refresh your files with updated resumes, contact lists and other documents.
"Volunteer-not so you can build your resume, but so you can build yourself." -Anonymous

"Problems are solved only when we devote a great deal of attention to them and in a creative way...to have a good life, it is not enough to remove what is wrong with it. We also need a positive goal, otherwise why keep going? Creativity is one answer to that question: It provides one of the most exciting models for living." -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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Are you planning on making a career change in 2009?
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