If only a frog had wings...
You know how that ends, right? It pretty much sums up the "IF ONLY" thinking of many job seekers.
Instead of: "If I only had my R.N. degree"—ask yourself: What can you do next week to get a new job?
1. Rewrite your résumé. Why would you hire you? To answer that, you must research the company and understand their issues and needs. You will discover that the old kind of résumé is broken...and your new one will set you apart from other applicants.
2. Find and start taking two new classes. The first would be a speed reading course. There is nothing more valuable than increasing your reading speed and skills. The second would be a basic accounting class. The language of business is accounting—it will help you to understand some basics. Even if you don't like "business," chances are some "business" will be your employer.
3. Enhance your current job. The absolute best place to get a better job is simply to do better at your current one. Most jobs are bigger than the people who have them: What can you do to enhance your current job?
4. Practice your personal elevator pitch. Nearly every day, we are presented with an opportunity to share our personal story with someone—make yours something to remember. A few days ago, I was in a meeting with two people who did not know each other. One said to the other: "I know about your business, now tell me who you are." It was a revealing question, and he got a surprising, insightful answer.
5. Do something for someone else. Get out of yourself a little. Give someone else some help; maybe mentor. Here at JobDig, we put young sales reps in mentoring roles with brand-new reps. We have simply institutionalized that which we all know works: To learn it better, teach it.
G.L. Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor/operator/incubator/mentor. Two of his companies have traveled the entire success path from the garage to IPO. Currently, he is chairman of JobDig and his blog can be found at WhatWouldDadSay.com or at JobDig.com.