How to pep up your job hunt


Is your job-hunt floundering? Here, from National Business Employment Weekly, dated today, are several ways to rejuvenate your search: Be optimistic ("don't act as if you'll never find a job, don't dwell on past rejections"); vary your approach ("make cold calls; attend trade conventions"); reread business publications ("review past issues of local business newspapers"); brainstorm with other unemployed professionals ("joining job clubs may help"); contact headhunters, be polite to personnel managers; be systematic, not disorganized.

HOPEFULLY HELPFUL: "Are your memos gathering dust in somebody's "in" basket? Is your advice being ignored? Here are four ways to get the influence you need: (1) Study behavior and activities of people upon whom your company leaders rely. (2) Provide your bosses with what they need to thrive, i.e., find out what they need and give it to them. (3) Read profiles and biographies of business achievers. (4) Make yourself visible; write memos to show off your knowledge. The more people who are aware of you, the better your chances." (Working Woman, February)

BALTIMORE BEAT: Black & Decker, Signet Bank and Procter & Gamble (parent of Noxell Corp.) hit 12-month new highs in last week's generally lower stock market. . . . Security Analysts Society hosts Baltimore Bancorp, parent of Bank of Baltimore, Feb. 11, Sheraton, noon. Guest: Ed Hale, chairman of the board. . . . "You never know how dirty your hands are until you peel a hard boiled egg or go into politics." (Leonard Levinson via Mrs. Eugene Johnston, Camp Hill, Pa.). . . . "If George Washington never told a lie, how did he ever become president?" (Overheard somewhere). . . . WBAL Radio sportscaster Jim West told me that in the three-hour-plus Super Bowl telecast, the football was actually in play less than 8 minutes.

SILVER LININGS? "The economy enters 1992 on a distinctly downbeat note, but a stagnation period will be followed by a solid rebound." (Phone David Donabedian, Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Co., [410] 237-5892, for his complete six-page report). . . . "Most economic forecasters expect December's sharp interest rate cuts to bear fruit by midyear, yielding 3 to 4 percent growth by the second half of 1992." (New York Times, yesterday). . . . Two Baltimore construction business owners told me over the weekend that their midwinter building activity is beginning to pick up. . . . "A kinder, gentler nation, yeah, for corporations and merger maniacs swallowing up family farmers and taking factory jobs overseas. Eight years of Reagan and Bush, more wealth in the hands of the few, more people working in poverty." (Jesse Jackson, in a three-part profile beginning in The New Yorker, dated today).

FEBRUARY FINDINGS: Here, from Money magazine, February), are the "10 Top Jobs That Pay the Most" (on average, in thousands of dollars): physician 315, financial planner 144, dentist 116, veterinarian 107, airline pilot 107, stockbroker 106, lawyer 105, lobbyist 89, ad executive 83, purchasing manager 83. And the nine jobs that "satisfy the most," in order: aeronautical engineer, bank officer, biologist, chemist, civil engineer, electrical engineer, geologist, sociologist, urban planner. . . . "Trade shows are exhausting, repetitive exercises, with terrible food and worse coffee, but they're great business getters. About 86 percent of attendees have buying authority." (Success, January-February). . . . To endorse two important new efforts to help the Maryland Food Committee fight childhood hunger, phone Linda Eisenberg, (410) 366-0600.

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