Think Applying for a Job is first with a Job Search? Think Again!


Material by Chris Maymire

I attend the local chapter of Business Professional Exchange.  Every week we have a lesson and some practice on getting a job.   I’ve learned a great deal so far. Below are notes I took of Mr. Waymire’s recent class on the Quality of Being.

What kind of BEING do you need in a job search?

BE AVAILABLE – Let people know you are available. Don’t assume they know.

BE NICE to everybody.

  • Help the interviewer be the best interviewer.
  • Use rejection letter to write NICE thank you letter reinforcing your skills (maybe they hired the wrong person…).


  • For what you want to be remembered for, be on your toes
  • Be appropriate in every interaction.
  • Be on your BEST behavior.


  • Use networking events and get to as many as you can. Networking is about establishing relationships.
  • Be together with people to network.
  • Be connected through networking. Seventy percent of people getting hired knew someone who did delegating bragging for them.


  • Be ENTHUSIASTIC… Smile! Ask Questions, be engaged.


  • What do you want? Be clear about it.
  • Be TARGETED – No shotgun resume approach.
  • DON’T look for the HR person, look for the person I can get my resume to who can get it to a decision maker


  • Embrace failure as a learning experience.
  • Every job search is a series of no’s followed by a yes.
  • Be COMMITTED. Don’t just dabble at a job search
  • Be IN CONTROL. Statistically, takes over 5 hours per day of focusing on Job search to be successful. Spend the time to become an expert at getting a job.

Be Informed

  • Be able to teach the interviewer. Do homework and digging ahead of time.

Be Healthy – can speak to your impression of commitment to the job.

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Our class then brainstormed “BE” Qualities and here are the combined results.

  • Be Timely —  10 or 15 minutes early.
  • Follow instructions on resumes
  • Where do I want to spend my time in my search?
  • Be Proactive —  Anticipate things, planning preparing, not waiting for someone to do it for you
  • Be Helpful – what goes around comes around… share Job Leads
  • Be Assertive – not aggression or pushy, but I have a right to ask
  • For what I want
  • Be Careful – Watch for scams and pitfalls, false assumptions
  • But proceed!
  • Watch for the minefields: not prepared for interview, late, cant find it, etc.
  • Be Teachable & Open minded
  • Willing to learn, able to take suggestions
  • Be a Mentor/Teacher to help others
  • Be Sensitive especially to other cultures.
  • Be Honest and Genuine
  • Be Hopeful
  • Be Respectful – treat others the way you want to be treated
  • Be Responsible – be a worker someone wants to employ
  • Be Upbeat – positive – don’t bad mouth previous employer
  • Be Diligent
  • Be Connected
  • Be Receptive
  • Be Prepared (Get good at interviewing)

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