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Get a Job--and Keep It 210 Action Tactic The Five O'Clock Club has been one of the most successful job search clubs in the country for over 20 years, offering group and one-on-one coaching, networking, sharing of job leads among members, and emotional support. To find out whether there's a club branch near you, look it up at or call the New York headquarters at 212- 286-9332. Whatever the reason, many people put off looking for a new job because they don't stay fired up. Just as with letters of complaint that don't get written (as discussed in Chapter 18, "Put It in Writing,"), you might be fed up with your job one day, only to find that a few days later the fire dies down. You forget how miserable, bored, underappreciated, or angry you were. You give in to the comfort factor: the fact that it's often eas-ier to stay in a familiar situation than to venture into uncharted territory, even if the status quo is less than perfect. Solution:Every time you hear yourself about to say, "I'll worry about a job later," remember how you felt the last time you were fed up with your job. The idea is to relive that moment until you get fired up again. Fishing with a Net Some people put off looking for a job, or give up too soon after starting, because they're going about it the wrong way. They start by putting out a few feelers. Maybe they fax their resumé for a few ads in the paper and don't get a reply, or they post their resumé on a job Web site and don't get any hits. Or they mention to a few friends and professional contacts that they'd like something new, but nobody follows through. After a few days or weeks, or even a few months, of these flash-in-the-pan efforts, they assume that there's just not a better job out there and give up. Solution:Haphazard, passive approaches to getting a job rarely yield positive results. To motivate yourself from the start and to stay that way, you have to understand that a job search takes time and effort. You have to put thought into developing an effective strategy and make it a priority to implement that strategy every day. No Target to Hit Behind the haphazard fishing with a net approach to finding a new job is often a problem of not having a job target. Some people put off looking for a job because they don't know what to look for. This is an example of the good kind of procrastination. (Remember that back in Chapter 2, "The Procrastination Epidemic," I said that delaying action is sometimes a smart move?) If you don't know what you want in terms of an ideal type of employer, job duties, salary, and other characteristics, then you don't know where to begin looking because you don't have a clue about what you're looking for.