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This chapter is from the book

Getting What You Want Requires Wanting Something

The first order of business in your pending job search is to create a mental picture of the ideal situation. What would you, if you could construct it, want your job search to produce?

Ideally, you would want to create a relationship with the person who is responsible for hiring you for your desired position. You would like to have this relationship without the distraction of other candidates. You would want to be the "only game in town."

Wow! Wouldn't it be great if this scenario were possible?

It is!

The pages that follow outline opportunities that are similar to this ideal scenario. By following the advice I've outlined in the next several pages, you will have a much greater chance of corresponding directly with the person who is in charge of hiring the position you want. You will have fewer competitive applicants vying for the same position.

It is possible, in many cases, that you will be the only candidate being considered for the job. In the best of all possible worlds, you might be able to provide the impetus for the company in question to actually create a position.

Business owners and management are extremely impressed by proactive personalities. They are hesitant to allow such people to "escape" when they are faced with them. This is how previously nonexistent positions suddenly spring into existence. You want to be there when that happens.

The techniques are simple. They do not involve hard, sweat-of-the-brow-type labor. Diligence and commitment, however, are critical. Follow-through and a willingness to take a truthful look at your skills, objectives, and desires spell success or failure. You must view your job search as a full-time position.

Your payment for this work will be a lifelong and rewarding career in information technology (IT).

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