Lazard and Evercore Partners are part of a slew of boutique banks reporting healthy upticks in revenue. Deals are flowing, earnings are up and everyone is in a jovial mood. This is a good time to introduce yourself to the boutique banks you want to work for. But heed my advice and do not become overly complacent. In a market where I am seeing applicants from bulge bracket families knocking for months on investment banking doors, consider employing a comprehensive 360-degree job strategy. 360-degree thinking is an increasingly popular method of improving effectiveness from the manufacturing floor to workplace culture.

For those job seeking professionals that have been searching for a job for months or more, the whole job search process may seem a bit stale. Countless hours are often spent on job search websites and job search engines such as CareerBuilder.com, Dice.com, and Monster.com often resulting in minimal feedback. It is frustrating to go months without finding a job. Inevitability you begin to question career choices, your professional skills, experience, qualifications, or even your education. But you’re not alone. In times of high unemployment, a slow moving job market can create the appearance of a job search that becomes