News Flash: It’s not going to fall in your lap.

Posted April 4, 2013 by Ellen Hunter Gans in Career Moves
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I know someone who isn’t satisfied with his job. He’d like to change jobs, but instead of hitting the pavement to make it happen, he keeps hoping that the perfect job will land in his lap.

Sure, sometimes head hunters provide the perfect job on a platter, but that’s the exception. And if you’re being head hunted for a job, chances are that other, equally fabulous people are being head hunted for the same job.

Be proactive. You don’t even need to wait for a job posting. If there’s a company you’d love to work for, find an email address and introduce yourself. Tell them what you can offer them. No answer? Follow up with a phone call in a few days.

Yes, seriously.

This applies to freelancers, too. I’m fortunate that a lot of my work comes through word of mouth, but it’d be awfully dangerous for me rely on that as my primary marketing plan.

What about the plum projects at work? Are you waiting for your boss to offer them to you?

Ask for them.

Tell your boss that you’re ready to take on a challenge and you think your skill set would be a great fit for: [planning the summer office party; re-designing the website; starting up a blog; price-shopping your competition].

With the brutal economy of the last several years, talented, undervalued people everywhere are chomping at the bit. It’s an employer’s market, not an employee’s market. You’re not doomed, but you do need to stand up for yourself and make your skills and interests visible.

About the Author

Ellen Hunter Gans

Ellen Hunter Gans is a freelance writer and communications strategist. She's also a marathon runner, an Ironman triathlete, a wildly untalented cross-country skier, a newly minted Crossfit junkie, a yoga devotee, a wannabe culinary genius, a voracious reader, a grammar snob, a world traveler, an outdoorswoman, an oenophile, a mediocre gardener, and a secret fan of awful television. Her blog is at, and her business website is at