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Job Search Lessons from the Presidential Campaign

Job Search Lessons from the Presidential Campaign

Joe Turner /

Go that Extra Mile — in Fact, Go That Extra 100 Miles

Candidates will go to great lengths to win the nomination. McCain told reporters in a recent press conference he would work harder to allay any fears voters have about his age. In fact, he admitted he out-campaigned his Republican primary opponents by working 16-, 18- and 20-hour days. In Memphis, Clinton didn’t arrive at her hotel until 5 a.m. after a red-eye flight from California and was on stage in front of TV cameras just six hours later. And Obama experienced a near 20-hour campaign day when he left his hotel at 6 a.m. for TV interviews in Philadelphia and was on the go until his plane landed in Chicago at 1:30 the following morning.

This type of physical stamina and mental discipline are humble reminders of the demands a presidential bid or job search can require. In fact, the actual process of looking for a job may be the hardest job you’ll ever have. Treat your job search with the seriousness of a full-time job. Go out of your way to do the research and make the calls. Develop a resume that really sells your achievements and answers the question of what’s in it for an employer, just as the candidates must tell the citizens what is in it for them.

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