Jun 29, 2009
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Posted by Dr. Sean Harry
Let’s be clear, “being creative” does NOT “mean making stuff up.” Never EVER lie or exaggerate on your resume! Those “little lies” almost always get found out. They will completely ruin your chances of getting the job, and they could ruin your reputation as well.
That being said, it is important to be creative and “think outside of the box” when conducting a job search. Thinking out of the Box (better known as creative thinking) seeks to create something new from a few basic elements that are already in place. Being an out of the box thinker can be a rewarding experience for the job seeker. If the herd is going to the right, you go to the left.
For job seekers, thinking outside of the box may mean trying a different approach to the job search. We recently saw a marketing professional standing in the town square with a 6 foot balloon that read, “Creative marketing professional looking for a job.” Now THAT’S out-of-the-box thinking, and we understand that he got several calls that evening! While that approach may not be the right approach for everyone, it apparently worked for this guy. What would it mean to think out-of-the-box in your job search?
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Dr. Sean Harry has more than 20 years of experience in training and motivating people to achieve their goals and reach their highest potential. He has helped accomplish this as a Career Coach, as a University professor, as a Pastor, and as a Motivational Speaker.
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