What’s The Best Way To Find A Job?; What’s Best To Do While Looking For A Job?

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jack_yoest_washington_post_2008.jpgThe best time to look for a job is when you have a job.

Question: But what if you don’t have a job?

How to look?

And what to do meanwhile?

Answer: Go back to school.

Your Business Blogger(R)

The Washington Post

Continuous learning is, well, continuous.

And it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Here are three FAB’s, the Features, Advantages and Benefits of going back to class.

If you have a job or not.

First Feature

Meet a professor

Advantage

Learn subject matter.

Learn presentation — interview — life skills.

Get referrals.

Benefit

Cheaper than a personal coach.

Get a character reference letter.

Get employed faster

Second Feature

Meet other inquisitive minds

Advantage

Expand your Friend contact database.

Challenge assumptions.

Increased network of contacts for job referrals.

Benefit

Faster learning.

Cheaper than a job placement agency.

Get employed faster

Third Feature

Regularly scheduled class times.

Advantage

Encourages the student to get out of bed, out of the house.

Provides structure to the job seekers’ week.

Forces the student to walk past career counselors’ office.

Benefit

Get more done in less time.

Spend less time in Starbucks.

Get employed faster.

The purpose of continuing education is the gaining of new knowledge, skills and abilities. But this is even more important when one is out of work. A perspective employer is going to ask you a number of questions.

The first question will be, “What are you doing now?”

The perfect answer is, “As I look for my next position, I am taking a business refresher course at my local community college.”

Remember: the best time to find a job is when you are working — going to class is your job.

You may be unemployed, but you are busy: You are using your time wisely while you look for work.

As it happens, the Northern Virginia Community College has the perfect solution to help you find your next job.

Sit in my class.

NOVA has openings in one of my Business 100 classes. We will meet once each Friday from 3:10 to 6:00 at the Alexandria Campus. Starts January 16th. Call now to register. Operators are standing by.

Or apply on-line.

This Friday afternoon class is the perfect capstone to the week and allows the student to job hunt early in the week, early in the day.

Come join my class. And get employed faster.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

For more on your job search: tattoos, lying, resume enhancement and trick questions follow links below.

Read Job Search? PASS This Test

See how “Sarah” is getting it right. To get your next job, assignment or project PASS this test! See how the mythical composite Sarah learned new behaviors to find new opportunities.

As first appeared in The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Virginia, January 20, 2002

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Here’s the Business 100 course outline:

Ch. 1 Exploring the World of Business and Economics

Ch. 2 Being Ethical & Socially Responsible

Ch. 3 Exploring Global Business

Ch. 4 Navigating the World of e-Business

Ch. 5 Choosing a Form of Business Ownership

Ch. 6 Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Franchises

Ch. 7 Understanding the Management Process

Ch. 8 Creating a Flexible Organization

Ch. 10 Attracting and Retaining the Best Employees

Ch. 11 Motivating and Satisfying Employees and Teams

Ch. 13 Building Customer Relationships Through Effective Marketing

Ch. 14 Creating and Pricing Products that Satisfy Customers

Ch. 15 Wholesaling, Retailing, and Physical Distribution

Ch. 16 Developing Integrated Marketing Communications

Ch. 18 Using Accounting Information

Ch. 19 Understanding Money, Banking, and Credit

App. C Business Law

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