Most people are not professional job seekers!
That’s a good thing… because most people are working in jobs and not looking for a job.
When they do need to look for a job, there are many tasks that are uncomfortable for them because they haven’t done them before and so they feel awkward. As a result, a great many job seekers primarily do those tasks that are easier for them and avoid the ones that are more difficult.
They primarily do those things are within their comfort zone.
- Endlessly searching for and applying to job postings online is easier than contacting someone at a company and asking for referrals.
- Applying for a position and waiting for a call is easier than proactively following up the application with professional persistence to be sure you’re being considered for the role.
- Sending out dozens of generic resumes is easier than figuring out what each job requires most and customizing the resume to emphasize that experience and skills.
- Randomly spending your days and weeks jumping from one task to another without a plan is easier than scheduling your week with specific blocked out times to accomplish objectives.
…and many other similar examples.
The biggest obstacle most people face in doing the “hard” things, is their own resistance and thus their procrastination in doing them. The best thing many people can do is to take the time to consciously, and deliberately answer the question:
Am I only willing to do those things that are in my comfort zone, or am I willing to do whatever is necessary to land a new job in this market?
Wrestling with that question… and hopefully coming to the conclusion, and conscious decision that you are willing to do what’s necessary will greatly help you overcome the resistance. Whenever resistance arises within you, you can recall your commitment, decide to honor it, and move forward.
Most people haven’t made that intentional commitment to themselves, and so evading the “hard” things is not a problem for them… except for the lack of results.
Taking on a “job-search mindset”, and committing to do the things that are most effective whether they are easy or not, will dramatically improve the results from your efforts.
The commitment can cause you to:
- Be willing to connect to a stream of new people you’ve never talked to before. Always asking for additional referrals that would be worthwhile to talk to about your search.
- Find contacts through LinkedIn or other networking connections at companies you’re interested or have applied to and proactively call and talk to people professionally introducing yourself and expressing interest rather than waiting and hoping for a call back on your application.
- Make the effort to customize your resume each time you present it to a new company, emphasizing the most relevant skills and experience they are likely to be interested in.
- Deliberately planning your days and weeks in order to be more productive each day rather than figuring out what to do next from hour to hour.
- Thoroughly prepare and practice interview questions and behavioral interview scenarios. Doing the work of solid preparation rather than winging it.
- Be bold… finding new and creative ways to connect to the right people, introduce yourself more effectively to companies, and be pleasantly, professionally, persistent.
Once you ask yourself the question of:
Am I willing to do what’s necessary?
And make a commitment that you are… everything else becomes easier and your search becomes far more effective!