People from around the world are watching the Olympic Games in Sochi. Spectators admire these athletes for their talent, stamina and fortitude. And it’s exciting to watch top competitors excel in sports for which they have been training for years.
Becoming an Olympic champion isn’t easy. Among those athletes that can attest to that is Scott Hamilton, former Olympic figure skating champion. He says that everything he’s ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance. And Andre Agassi, gold medalist in tennis in 1996, says that nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.
Just like these athletes, you will need to jump hurdles to reach your career goals.
Amanda Augustine in Olympic Tips for the Job Search provides three pieces of advice to help you learn how:
Cross Train. Cross training is an important part of every athlete’s regimen, including our Olympians. It improves performance, increases power, builds stability and increases motivation. Using different training methods and exercises makes the athlete more effective.
As a job seeker, you should use multiple channels when pursuing job leads. These include: applying to jobs directly, networking with those in your professional and social circles, and working with recruiters. By using all of these channels, you’ll increase the number of opportunities available for you to pursue.
Use Experts. Wise athletes surround themselves with a team of experts to help reach their fullest potential. Trainers and coaches with expertise in body conditioning and sports strategy are brought in to help the athlete overcome weaknesses and play up strengths. The same strategy should be applied for job hunting.
We encourage you to take advantage of services offered by career experts at Minnesota WorkForce Centers. Take free workshops on job search techniques or arrange for a one-on-one meeting to address your specific questions.
Go for Gold. Olympic athletes train for years and compete in various tournaments to move into the upper echelons of their sport. They set smaller, incremental goals that will put them on the right path to the Olympics.
The same can be said about your job search. Finding a job requires dedication, patience and a whole lot of work. Know your career objectives, write down your goals and post them near your computer to remember what you’re working toward.
Some job seekers find it especially difficult to stay motivated, especially if they’ve been looking for a job longer than they’ve hoped.
Janine Moon in The Job-Search Olympics: Staying Motivated provides six suggestions to help you stay motivated: staying connected with people, keeping up physical health and wellbeing, ensuring you’re eating a healthy diet and hydrating well, checking all job-hunting resources in your community (including your local Minnesota WorkForce Center), investing in yourself, and practicing gratitude every day.
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To view the Sochi 2014 Olympics website, click here . It features the schedule of events and results, a page to search for athletes by sport and country, photos and more.