Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Girl's Guide to Employment

Just come across this brilliant advice on employment for women, written in the 1916 Girl Scouts manual - How Girls Can Help Their Country.
This really made me smile at how things change. The list of possible jobs for a woman are probably all seemed quite progressive at the time, and the advice that one should choose a career and stick to it was sound. Both now are of course happily outdated. Reading a bit further however it occurred to me that though the context has changed, the advice for getting a job is still spot on.

"Luck is like a street car; the only way to get it is to look out for every chance and seize it - run at it and jump on; don't sit down and wait for it to pass".

Absolutely! In this crowded job market, it is only the people who are looking out for opportunities and doing everything in their power to lure them their way who will get the great roles. Employers know that it is these people - positive, inspired, proactive - who are the employee holy grail.

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