The Chequered Flag is Down. Are You in the Job Search Race?

By Martin Buckland - Executive Career Management Professional

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Before a race, people and machines prepare. Much work goes on before the big day when the chequered flag is raised or the gun is fired. Athletes have coaches; car racers have a highly skilled team of mechanics and personal trainers to ensure the man and the machine are ready and prepared to win.

Are you prepared to win? Is your chequered flag down? Ready, steady GO!

Many people are totally out of shape or have no idea how to plan and execute a job search race. After all, it’s not a competition you want to enter often but when you are in the race, you want to be number one. A winner. With the arrival and explosive growth of the Internet in the last few years and the various social media tools now available, a job search is easier than ever before though still not a cake walk.

In preparing to enter a job search race, you need to do a lot of soul searching. Exactly who are you? What can you bring to the table? What differentiates you from the competition? Ask the question “why should I hire you”? Sadly, many job seekers cannot answer these questions and 5 months or so into the job search are still lost on their journey. However, the resume and your suite of cover letters (, supported by a positive attitude, are the foundation of steering yourself into the winner’s circle. If done correctly, you will learn a great deal about exactly who you are and what you can deliver to a future employer and ultimately reach the podium of job search success.

Athletes and race car drivers know their direction. They have a defined end goal, all want to be first and have a strategy to bring their goal to fruition. Of course you do too, but do you have a plan to get there (, avoiding all the job search pitfalls and wasted time only to produce an inferior ranking on the job market? So few do!



Martin Buckland, President of Elite Resumes, is a leading resume writer, career coach and job search strategist with a global clientele. Martin currently holds the following certifications: Certified Professional Branding Strategist, Certified Professional Resume Writer, Certified Employment Interview Professional, Job and Career Transition Coach, Certified Job Search Trainer and Co-Pilot Executive Coach. Visit my website at


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