I could tell you to eat right – stay away from too much caffeine, alcohol, donuts, pizza, and even from eating fish in any state that doesn’t border a pristine ocean (and how many do?). But, you don’t need to hear that from me and, besides, the fish advice is probably ridiculous. Eating well, while a goal of mine, is certainly not my expertise.

But, what I can tell you, is that in looking for a job we can learn a lot from the “Diet” world or, better put, from the “Nutrition” world. That is, whether we’re gearing towards attending a wedding ““ our own or others’ ““ or towards seeing friends we haven’t seen in awhile, or whether we finally feel like we have the drive to lose weight and get into better shape (for me, that means every Sunday morning because every Friday night and Saturday I tend to fall off the good nutrition wagon), some of us attack the problem by over-reaching ““ eating next to nothing, or else only vegetables, or grapefruits, or, or, or…

A better approach to better nutrition, we’re told, is to make small changes ““ eating more fiber vs simple sugars, drinking more water, decreasing portion sizes. We can sustain changes like this and, the longer we keep to them, the more pounds disappear.

The analogy? We know it’s important to read about industries we’re interested in, and that we should constantly network to find a job. We also have ample (that is, too much) opportunity to get buried with information on the internet, and it can get scary and overwhelming.

The better approach? Start small, and keep to it. Set aside regular times each day to read or to surf. Turn on your networking light in some instances but not everywhere ““ it’s hard to be “on” all the time (though always try to be and look “professional” when there are potential job hire-ers around).

In other words, be real and be realistic. You may not lose those 10 lbs. overnight but slow and steady wins the race… and the job.