The title of my article is an old military adage and very concisely communicates that to merely be on time means you will get started on your task late. This applies to both a person’s job search and their career. When you get that coveted interview you want to put your best foot forward, and arriving right at the start of, or late to your interview certainly won’t make a good impression. Starting out to your interview early with a plan to arrive 20 minutes ahead of schedule can ensure extra time if you get caught in traffic, enable you to check over your outfit and pre-interview notes one more time, and to feel less rushed and less nervous.
In your job/career, getting to work a little early can help you as well. How about not having to drive over the speed limit, risking a speeding ticket, just to make it to work on time? How about not having your boss or coworkers mad at you again for being late? Imagine the feeling of getting ahead of your work for the day and maybe even being able to leave a little early on occasion without feeling guilty? Perhaps you will miss some of the rush hour traffic or get a better parking space. Regardless of the benefit, you will definitely avoid the hurried and stressed out approach that everyone else takes who doesn’t make a little extra time for their commute. Start your day out a little earlier and reap the benefits of more peace and calm in your life! To your job search and career success!