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Top 5 Strategies for Dealing with Timing and Life Cycle Issues

Here is the best advice I can offer you as you struggle with the questions of when and how long as you embark on your career journey.

  1. Be ready!

    You never know when the right job is coming your way. You have to be ready. Have your education, certifications, training, and all your ducks lined up and ready to go.

    When will you find the right job? It is all timing. Be realistic and don't get down about it. Have your resume ready and strike when the fire is hot.

  2. Don't give up on yourself, your skills, or your dream!

    You cannot do anything about timing. Just be patient and realistic. It is so easy to get down when you cannot force a situation. But when the time is right and you are ready, the pieces will all fall into place.

    I have to keep saying this to myself because timing is the one thing I have no patience with.

  3. Have a good network!

    One way to deal with the when and how long issues is to have a good network of friends and associates who might be able to move things along for you. As I said in the previous article, it is not so much what you know as who you know.

    Working with others can move things along much faster than you can do by yourself. If you don't think you have a good network, develop one using tools like LinkedIN.com.

  4. Don't be vendor- or employer-dependent!

    When you are struggling with concepts such as marketability and the selling season, don't be so enthralled with a vendor or employer that you don't keep your options open. I know some IT specialists who will work only on Microsoft networks. They will not consider working on an integrated environment. And they complain that they cannot find better or more work.

    In this case, timing is an issue that can be overcome by being less stubborn and not being vendor-dependent.

    There is an old story that talks about the man who fell overboard in the sea. He treaded water for hours. Three vessels came by and offered to rescue him and he passed them up, knowing the vessel he was on would come back to save him. The vessel had sunk. So he continued to tread water until he drowned. He was stubborn. He could have moved on but he did not.

    Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Don't rely on one vendor for your success in IT. Have flexibility and options. And you will succeed.

  5. Have a plan for employment/career with options!

    If you realize that timing is a factor in your career quest, you will be able to counteract the issues that it generates with a good plan. Remember that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. The best advice I have while you wait for your ideal to come to fruition is have a backup plan. Don't vegetate while you are waiting, get additional education or training. If one goal is not possible then another might be. And you might be surprised that it might be a better option that you missed.

    You cannot alter history or timing, but you can prepare for the time when things are lined up for you to succeed.

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