Yes, I am mocking Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.  I wonder how many readers will have this movie line in their minds for the rest of the day.  I know I will. 

Let’s face it when we are looking for employment, we want a job now – right now as a matter of fact.  The thought of the lengthy process of networking, writing resumes, writing cover letters, interviewing, and everything else involved is daunting. 

The most important thing to realize about the job search and career management is that it is a process not a task.  It’s a marathon; not a sprint.  Starting a new job is a major life change.  Major life changes and the decisions leading up to the change do and should take time. 

Be prepared for a job search that could last months.  Prepare for those times that your energy and patience will be low.  Create a “cheerleading” squad if you will to pull you out of that valley and keep you focused through this marathon.  You want to avoid being exhausted in your job search and seeming desperate.  Create a support system to keep you fresh and energetic. 

Don’t let yourself be a Veruca Salt in your job search.  You know what happened to Veruca right? 


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