Happy New Year!!!!
As I sit down to write my first blog for 2013, my thoughts go back to the last blog I wrote for 2012. Your Job Search Resolutions for 2013 In that entry, I talked about challenging yourself to resolutions that will improve your job search practices. Please reread the suggestions I outline. I hope a few make their way into your job search plan this year.
Studies show that you can create a habit if you continue something for 21 days — some good and some not so good. Today’s generation uses the word “like” at least once in almost every sentence. They didn’t start this habit overnight, and they won’t stop overnight either. It takes time — 21 days. I challenge you to take the next 21 days and change some of your bad job search habits. Here are a few recommendations:
1. Manage your jobsearch part time not in your free time. Let’s face it, we do not have free time. Saying that you will do something in your free time just doesn’t happen anymore. Maybe you need to treat your job search like a class period or maybe you can just mark time on your calendar easily and stick to the schedule. Whatever you do, you have to plan your work and work your plan. You can’t just plan to work out and get in shape. You have to actually work out. So, schedule time for your job search and stick to that time doing something productive. Do that for 21 days in a row.
2. Emphasize a high touch / high tech balanced job search. If you only apply to positions online, your chances of failure are extremely high. You must network your way to key hiring managers in the organizations to succeed. It is difficult to find the right person who knows about the position in which you applied and can get you to the right hiring manager. But, you can’t ignore that the number one way vacant positions are filled is through inside direct referrals. Does it take a long time to complete the online application? Yes. Does it take time, effort and perseverance to network effectively? Yes. Does it get frustrating? Absolutely. Nonetheless, you have to measure your career goal against the time you are willing to put into reaching this goal. Maintain this balance for 21 days.
3. Stop sounding desperate. When you have bills piling up, getting a paycheck is the goal. When you need a job, you need a job. But, keep in mind that hiring decisions are made the same way you shop. Have you ever purchased something because the vendor needs your business? Would you hire a chef to rewire your home for electricity because that company needs your business? Of course not. You would hire a company that specializes in fulfilling your needs. Be very careful in marketing yourself as a jack of all trades lest you be known as an expert of nothing. We purchase and hire excellence. If you find yourself telling people you can do anything, then I challenge you to redesign your job search marketing plan. Do this for 21 days.
In order for you to break your old job search habits, you must first accept your plan in the past isn’t working for you. Maybe you have been able to apply online and get a job in the past. Maybe you are from cultures that focus on placement as opposed to personal branding to succeed. Whatever your past experience, anyone wanting to climb the corporate ladder must accept that with a more advanced career will come a more advanced process in managing your career.
Are you up for breaking your old habits and taking the 21 Day Job Search Improvement Challenge?