Road To MCSE: The Winners Edge Page 6

Thomas Shinder

How to Get to the Next Level

If you're having a hard time finding a job, start thinking about the qualities the winners have and compare those to your approach. You might need make some changes. If you have a learning style that's leaving you in a dead end, try becoming more active. Play with the computer, try out new software and hardware. Never be concerned about breaking the computer. You're not a true IT Professional until you've destroyed a 100 operating system installations, and continuously have to fend off a braying spouse telling you its 3:00 AM and its time to go to bed, just when you're about to make that key breakthrough which will repair everything you've broken in the last 48 hours.

If its your attitude, then its time to get an adjustment. Talk to your trusted friends and family members and see what they've noticed. Become aware of the times you might unconsciously sabotage yourself with failure producing thoughts and actions. Remember the path to enlightenment begins with awareness, and ends with action. Write down an action plan that allows you to quash those self-defeating behaviors and replaces them with success oriented ones.

Finally, if you think you've got the Winner's Edge, and still can't find a job, you might have to work on your job acquisition methodology. The times I've heard the phase "I put my resume up on all the web sites and I still don't get any calls" is TNTC (to numerous to count). A resume on a website is not a baseball diamond. The "build it and they well come" approach doesn't cut it in this job market. You have to become an expert at the other kind of networking, your social network.

The good news is that anyone committed to change will accomplish their goals. So, if you're not where you want to be, take some time and get the Winner's Edge.

This article was originally published on Sep 29, 2000
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