If you are in a job transition, I am sure that there are times when you feel discouraged or frustrated. When you don’t hear any feedback from employers, i.e. interview or rejection letter, it leaves a void of the unknown. You don’t know if your resume was reviewed, or is sitting in a stack of call-backs, or if it is in the shredder. There may be a glimmer of hope that “someday” they may call. But this hope inevitably leads to rejection and feelings of despair. You throw your hands in the air and lose yourself in some mundane task to ease the “pain”. But, the next day you get up and go to your computer to look at the job boards and send out fify more resumes to jobs you may or may not be interested in. You just feel compelled to apply for jobs in the hopes that someone will call.
If this sounds like you, then it’s time to refine you search and become more clear on focusing on positions that match your skills and experience. Spending your time on focused job activities will help you feel more in control of your efforts and can lead to better results. It can also give you time for rest and relaxation, which are vital to your emotional health; it can give you new perspectives and keep you going when you may not have the drive or motivation.
If you are in career management mode, you would be clear. If you have done a self-assessment of your skills and talents, then you would know which jobs to go after. If you have assessed your preferred work environment, you would know which organizations to call. If you have done the research on specific job positions that interest you, you would know if it is a “fit” for you. Doing those assessments, and having very clear, definitive answers, will get you more focused – you will be clear on what type of job you want and will know who hires. When someone asks you what type of job you are looking for, you will be able to answer quickly and definitively; you will come to the minds of others when they are looking to hire or know someone who is.
It is not too late to become clear on how you want your job search to proceed. You can start from “scratch” in refining your job search strategy by going back and clearly assesing your skills, talents and experience. Once you have a clearer picture, match them with the job(s) that interest you and that you are a match for. When you have those identified, you can now do a little research on which organizations hire for your identified jobs and can learn more about the hiring personnel and of the organization. Now, it is time to map out a plan for the days of the week and the activities you will do on a daily basis.
It may look something like this:
Monday: 9-11am Search job boards for open positions
1-3pm Write cover letters, apply for targeted positions
Tuesday 9-10 Search job boards for new positions
10-11 Call 5 people to network
11:30 – 1pm – Attend XYZ networking group
2-4pm Read industry magazines to research companies, trends
Being very specific with how your spend your time and on what activities will streamline your efforts and help keep you motivated. You will be able to stay the course. What activities help, or have helped, you to become clear in your job search? Would love to hear your comments!