I admire creativity a a great deal, especially when there
are only so many ways to provide the same career advice.
So when Operation Freedom War vet and sporting goods
entrepreneur John Durfee e-mailed me his tips for how
surviving a job search is like surviving war, I was intrigued.
John and I corresponded for a few weeks, and here
are some of his suggestions:
Applying for jobs is like going on patrol. It's repetitive,
boring and often uneventful - but when you least expect it,
an opportunity comes looking for you. If you get side-tracked,
discouraged or lackadaisical, you'll miss your opportunity to
get the first strike. Keep your troop morale up. Whenever you start to get
discouraged or frustrated, take a step back, stop thinking
about how difficult job hunting is and take a little personal
time to get your spirits up.
Don't go overboard with time on leave! Keep in mind
that every moment you're not hitting the pavement,
other people are getting hired. Do your reconnaissance. Having a good amount
of knowledge about the company you're applying for
can help you buffer your resume and also looks
really good in an interview. Don't get ambushed! Practice interviewing before
you go out for one. Get some aces up your sleeves
to impress your interviewer and land the job.