5 Job Search Lessons Learned from Ben Franklin

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin’s birthday is tomorrow?

That’s right. Good ol’ Ben Franklin is turning the ripe old age of 306. In his life, he was a key contributor to the advancement of theUnited States, not to mention mankind as a whole.

At Cachinko, we love to draw lessons from quotable people. They might not be around any longer, but they still have a lot to teach.

Check out: 6 Job Search Lessons Learned from Steve Jobs

In honor of Franklin’s birthday, I’ve compiled a list of his more famous quotes and the job search lessons we can all learn:

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

With more and more people going (and going back) to college, it’s clear that there is definite value in a degree. While it’s not your golden ticket to gainful employment, having a degree can ensure that you will make statistically more money.

Beyond a degree, every job seeker should on an endless pursuit of more knowledge. Read books, attend seminars, and talk to other people to learn more about your industry.

Check out: How to Translate your College Experience into a Job

“All mankind is divided in three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.”

Ben Franklin made it simple: are you a mover or someone to be moved? It should be pretty clear that the active job seeker is going to find more professional success than their passive counterparts.

Instead of putting out the minimum effort, take charge of your job search. Be the first one to start a conversation, seek opportunities and put the onus on you, not the economy, or the company, or whatever else.

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“As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.”

Look at your resume. You probably already know that you should be able to explain and defend what is written, but what about what’s not there? Are you ready to account for any gaps in employment? If not, you might be in trouble.

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“Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.”

Money is kind of a big deal, especially when we’re not earning a paycheck. While you shouldn’t stress out, it’s important to keep a grip on what you have. Unemployment can last for a long time, so don’t put yourself in a dangerous situation by not budgeting yourself appropriately.

Check out: College to Career Part 2: 4 Things You Need to know About Money

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

I couldn’t have put it better myself. Planning ahead is key for any job seeker. Having the right tools on hand, practicing interview questions, and researching ahead of time can help ensure that your job search is successful and short.

Check out: Expecting Layoffs? 6 Ways to Prepare – Anthony Morrison in CBS Moneywatch

What do you think? Which of the quotes above is the most valuable to you? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

About Heather R. Huhman

Heather R. Huhman is the Career & Recruiting Advisor for Cachinko. She is also the founder & president of Come Recommended, the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle (2011), #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.

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