Wednesday, September 09, 2009

job search notes: Obama's advice

Did you see President Obama's address to the students at Wakefield High School (Arlington, VA) and others across the country yesterday? He welcomed them back to school and spoke directly to their challenge. Much of what he said can be applied to those of us on the job search as well.

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The job searchers responsibility (students) as outlined by President Obama:
  • "Unless you show up, unless you pay attention, unless you put in the hard work"
  • "Responsibility to yourself to discover what you are good at"
  • "You might not know what it is, until you try"
  • "No matter what you want to do in life, you will need an education to do it. You can not drop out of school and drop into life"
  • "There is no excuse for not trying"
  • "Set your own goals, do everything you can to meet them"
  • "The truth is being successful is hard ... you won't necessarily succeed in everything the first time you try"
  • "You can't let your failures define you, you need to let your failures teach you"
  • "Don't be afraid to ask questions, don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it"