I was listening the radio this morning and a caller was complaining that she was having difficulty finding a job; when the morning DJ asked what she’s been doing to find one she replied that she is ‘having no luck’ finding any job leads on Craigslist! I almost spilled my drink hearing that.
While I’m not dismissing that one can’t find job leads or employment on Craigslist, it uncovered a deeper issue that it seems a good majority of job seekers have, and that is not putting much thought into how they will search for their next job. This is a critical step in the process – you can’t go in a good direction if you really don’t know plan. Just as you won’t take a trip without planning the same principle applies when job hunting.
One of the first steps is to take some time to really think and explore exactly what type of job you want: what are the job tasks and responsibilities would you like to do on a daily basis, what skills and talents will you use, will this job meet my needs – remember, you will be spending the majority of your time in this position so wouldn’t you want to take time and be sure it where you want to spend that time.
Other areas to think about include: when do I want to secure a position (reasonable amount of time), what type of company do I want to work for and who hires for my desired position, what salary do I want and what is the average salary paid, do I know my value and worth, is my resume updated, how will I plan my day while searching for a job and what actions will I take. One other important question to reflect on “What am I willing to do?”
Putting more thought into your job search will arm you with the information and resources you need that will lead to your next position. If not, you could wind up in a j-o-b that might bring you frustration and unhappiness. So take charge of your career, take time to reflect on what you and want so you can begin to develop your job search plan.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Law of Attraction (LOA); it is based on the principles of quantum physics that what you put out there comes back to you. So if you think a positive thought, you can attract positive into your life; conversely, if you think negatively you will pull negative events. Have you ever woke up in the morning already hating the day and things went downhill from there – you stubbed your toe getting out of bed, had a flat tire, or the dog ate you shoe? Well, that is LOA in action.
You may not realize it, but our brains are programmed to think more negatively – that is our protective mechanism that keeps those memories so we are more aware of potential danger or harm. These negative memories also can keep us down in fear and procrastination. Using the law of attraction, you can keep your positive intentions in your awareness which will keep you moving toward them.
So how does this relate to your job transition? It is possible to attract the ‘right’ job you desire; it takes clarity, visual acuity, and focused intention:
- clarity – you must be crystal clear on the desired job position you want to attain, meaning that you have to state the position and the duties you will be performing. If you state “I want to be a manager,” this is very vague; but if you state, “I will be a manager with responsibilities for leading sales representatives, overseeing a budget, and conducting training sessions with my team” it is much more compelling to find that exact position.
- visual acuity – when we can visually see the very things we want, our brains will go for them. Our brains really don’t know that we aren’t doing something until our rational brain says it isn’t so; using LOA principles, if you see it you can believe it and then you will act on it so when you can have a visual picture of what you want, you can do it. Professional athletes use this principle; the football player who sees himself running down the field and catching the ball will have success. You can, too. Going back to the early example, if you visualize yourself in the management role and performing your duties easily, it won’t be long before you will ‘see’ opportunities in your way.
- focused intention – now that you are clear and can see clearly the job position you desire, you must now keep your focus on it or else it will go out of your awareness. You can write your desires daily (10 times), create a vision board, take a picture of you as you would see yourself in that role, or just allow yourself to daydream and visualize. Another great way is to do this right before you go to bed as it will imbed into your subconscious.
One other important aspect of LOA is to be open to receive – you must allow positive and goodness into your thoughts and hold onto them. I mentioned that our brains tend to hold onto more negative thoughts which will reject any positive thoughts. Openness means that you accept what is. The right job is out there for you if you open up to your desires and keep focused on them.
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Standing out in the job-search landscape is still challenging, even though job opening are making a return. Sometimes, you need to take control and do what it takes in order to get noticed – you must not take ‘no’ for an answer. In the news last week, there was a story of a young woman who wanted to work at Disney but never heard from them so she ‘snuck’ into the department she wanted to work at and made her case – so they hired her!
I spoke recently with a former client who moved to a different county to take a job but it was not a ‘good fit’ so she left the company; however, she decided to pursue an opportunity of her former occupation with a company in her town and went back consistently for three weeks to ask for the opportunity. She said that the first week they ‘blew her off’, the second they expressed some interest, and by the third week they recognized that she was persistent and wanted to hire her.
The lessons from these stories is that if you are not getting results in your job search, take action into your own hands and ‘show up!’ I’m not suggesting becoming a stalker but making and keeping contact with a potential employer will keep you in their mind and shows them that you are committed to them and that potential job, all qualities organizations want and need right now. Still with so many resumes and applications to go through, and being very selective, hiring departments continue to be overwhelmed which slows the onboarding process – frustrating for you, frustrating for them.
The more strategic you are, the more focused and persistent you become in taking your career into your own hands. So target a company, be confident in your skills and how you will benefit the company, and take a cue from the two ‘go-getters’ above in getting your next job.
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Engaging in a well-defined and diligent job transition will go easier if you have support. Looking for a new job can be anxiety-producing, to say the least. Keeping up such a search, day-after-day, can feel exhausting; submitting resumes or having to actually go tell people you are in a job transition can be scary, and waiting to hear on a job can seem like a life-time – all of these can leave you feeling depleted and alone.
That is why it is important and very beneficial to get support to keep you focused, be your accountability partner, a sounding board, as well as a cheerleader. It is easy to lose perspective during this time so having support can give you that ‘outsider’s view’ and help you remain in a good frame-of-mind. Here are some types of support to consider:
- A Career Coach – these are the ‘experts’ who can help you define your goals and create a strategic strategy for getting your next position; they also have resources, the accountability, and the ‘rah rah’ you need
- A Career Support Group = finding a group of like-minded job seekers can help you feel not as alone and you can learn some ways that others are coping during their search
- A Mastermind – this is a group who are very specifically coming together to help each other find work; you might be in the same industry or not but the idea is to brainstorm ways or identify people who will help find that next position
- Family, Friends – these might be the first people you reach out but they also may not have the best perspective on the situation, especially if you live with them
Finding a new position ,whether internally or externally, can still be challenging so finding support can help jump-start that transition and in a quicker amount of time.
I have two big ‘pet peeves': one is people who negate what they want by using the word “but”, and the other is when people don’t go after what they by ‘presuming’ they already know the outcome. Either one can set me off as that person has essentially stripped themselves of having what they want most. One area I hear this from is in the area of careers and job hunting.
As I help people who are in a career transition, I hear daily from job changers who feel frustrated and anxious that they are having difficulty in finding a new job, or moving up the corporate ladder. As we rewind, so to speak, to see what hasn’t worked for them, it becomes apparent that they usually haven’t even tried. Answers like, “That company doesn’t have any openings,” or “There are too many others looking for job so I don’t think they’d consider me,” are actually presumptions that are made and can occur for a variety of reasons.
Presumptions are facts that one accepts as truth but may not have the hard facts to back them up; they are preconceived thoughts. We may think something is true, typically based upon what someone else has told us. Somehow it is easier to accept these truths rather than research on own to see if they are true. If we believed even half of what we hear we would never do anything!
Stopping this pattern is essential if you are in a career transition; you could be missing out on your dream job or from moving up within your organization, thus leaving you stuck in what you want to get out of. Here are 3 steps you can take to stop presuming before you act:
1. Be aware – pay close attention to statements you make, or even thoughts you have, where you use a justification for not going after your goal. Do you truly know that you won’t be considered for that promotion? Are you so sure that you’re too old, young, unqualified, etc. to be considered for that job? Ask friends or family to point out presumptions you are making to give more awareness to them
2. Research – the best way to stop a presumption is to have the facts. Taking time to develop a good job search strategy, paying attention to the labor trends in your area, and then doing your own fact-finding to see what organizations are hiring or what their needs are will help you to challenge any opposing views that may develop
3. Challenge – a great exercise to use is to talk back to yourself when you have a presumption (you might want to be alone if you do so out loud). Write out your presuming thought and then ask it is absolutely true and what facts do you have to base it on? This is a great way to help you to see that, unless you directly talked to your company or you went out and talked to hiring managers, you could not know if your thoughts are true.
Stopping any preconceived thoughts will help you to see more of the possibilities and free you to go after your wants and desires. Repeating these steps will become the pattern and you will, ultimately, achieve more and more confidently.
My question to you: are you managing your career or is it managing you? This is an important one to take awareness of as it can help you to feel in-charge of your professional life at all times. The concept of career management has been defined as “an ongoing process of preparing, implementing, and monitoring plans undertaken by the individual alone or in concert with the organization’s career systems.” (Story, Hall). But the definition of career management I like best is: “the pattern of work-related experiences that span the course of one’s lifetime” (Greenhaus, 2000). The concept of career management allows each individual to have control over their jobs and all activities related to the, such as our self-awareness, the goals we develop and the subsequent action steps needed in order to obtain and manage the job we desire. And these activities last throughout our lifetime.
Career management involves insight into the self, as well as the work environment. It is a problem-solving process that consists of information-gathering to gain insight, goals and then the development of specific strategies to attain those goals. When we are in control of our career, there are many benefits we gain which include:
- you will be more aware of your skills and talents and how they will benefit an organization
- you have an awareness of the type of work environment you thrive in
- you will be prepared for your next job opportunity
- you will feel empowered as you will be in control of your career versus being reliant on others
If you’re not currently managing your career now, I strongly urge to start. Your future depends on it!