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Don't Just Sit There

Sometimes a job hunter gets weary.

After weeks and months of effort --working your butt off, day in and day out, going to networking events, attending support group meetings, listening to experts, volunteering some time each week, commiserating with other job hunters, sending out resumes, and so much more that a diligent job seeker does-- it's not unusual to slump in a chair and simply not know what to do next.

You've done everything that the experts say you should be doing. You are staying in good shape. You are maintaining a positive attitude. You are learning new skills. You are putting yourself out there.

But all this energy and effort is not producing the one output you most desire: the job offer.

You may find yourself looking up to heaven and asking, "What else can I do?"

Here's one small piece of advice: Don't just sit there.

The idea is action. Action of almost any kind is better than inaction.

Call up a friend and ask how he or she is doing. You may make their day.

Write a blog post or an examiner column like this one. Put your ideas out there. Your thoughts may be the answer to someone's prayers.

The great UK statesman Winston Churchill once said, "If you are going through hell, keep going."

Don't stop. Don't quit. Don't just sit there.

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Sunday March 30, 2014

Terrence H. Seamon is a consultant who provides leadership and team development services to organizations. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better, provides leaders with a guide to initiating, and navigating through, organizational change. Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. His free whitepaper on job search and transition, called "Galvanize Into Action," is available by sending him an email request. He can be reached at and via his website:

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