The Curious Finish Faster

By Lisa Parker

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it gives life to a job search! Those who invite curiosity into their efforts are much more likely to experience a positive outcome. The curious job seeker wonders:

  • What is going on in my community and how does it affect my profession?
  • What does that new piece of legislation mean for business?
  • Who are the movers and shakers and how do I reach them?
  • What does the person sitting across from me care about?
  • How can I help a networking contact or potential hiring manager?
  • What are other job seekers doing that works?
  • What am I lacking that is compromising my marketability?
  • What about my efforts could be hindering results?
  • What are my former colleagues doing these days?
  • Who do I know who may be connected to corporate decision makers?
  • What are companies trying to accomplish? What are they stressing about?

The list goes on. Job seekers with the capacity to be curious automatically open themselves up to valuable information and ideas. Those who never ask questions of themselves or others end up simply going through the motions without rhyme or reason. I’m not saying questions must always be posed aloud to others. Sometimes just having the question in your mind is enough to open your eyes to answers that have been right in front of you all along.

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Lisa joined the Michigan State University Alumni Association as Director of Alumni Career & Business Services on May 1, 2012. Her primary focus is to develop effective networking and resource channels for experienced alumni interested in professional development and job search strategy assistance. Additionally, Lisa works directly with corporate, education, foundation and government partners seeking to attract qualified talent, retain and develop good employees, and establish collaborative relationships in line with their established goals and objectives.

With 15+ years’ experience in third party recruiting, Lisa offers a balanced understanding of both employee and employer perspectives.

Lisa is a firm advocate of the networking process and considers it a vital element in a successful job search. In addition to helping job seekers develop and best utilize networking contacts, Lisa shares her knowledge and insight-gained aiding corporate recruiting efforts-to give Spartan job seekers an edge in terms of lead sourcing, resume presentation and interview strategy.

Among Lisa’s notable accomplishments: Prima Civitas Foundation Scholar; Michigan Works Association Volunteer of the Year; Pink Slip Mid Michigan Planning Committee; RecruiterUncensored.com career content blogger.

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