Benjamin Franklin wrote: "Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste."
Too often job seekers are in a hurry to make things happen. They want to write their resume in one day. They want to receive a job offer after one interview. They accept the first job that is offered to them. Listen to Wise Old Ben. Take the time to get things right. This doesn't mean taking forever, or using "getting it right" as an excuse for doing nothing. Have a plan and a schedule. In most cases, this means a few days, not weeks or months. Review what you have done, and ask for opinions from people you trust. It's good to have a sense of urgency, but career management is all about making strategic decisions that will affect the rest of your life. Take some time to make those decisions.
I'm spending a few days in Philadelphia, the city that gave us one of America's working heroes, Benjamin Franklin. As a teen, Franklin was apprenticed to his brother and learned the craft of printing. He later published his own writing and became famous for it. He also won fame as a politician and scientist. He valued work and never lost his sense of curiosity. For me, he is the most amazing citizen our country has ever produced.
Earlier tonight I saw a cool sculpture of Franklin at his printing press. Here are two photos. Click on the image to enlarge the photo.
In Poor Richard’s Almanac, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “The way to be safe, is never to be secure.” Take this wise saying as a good principal for career management. We all know that layoffs can happen at any time, but how many people do you know who were prepared to look for a new job when they were laid off? We let ourselves get secure when we have job. We tell ourselves, “It won’t happen to me. I won’t be the one they lay off.” What if you are the one (or one of the many)? Update your network contacts and your resume. Make a list of companies that you would want to work for. Think about possible options for career change. There is no security in this job market. The only way to be safe is to be ready to move.