– Pacific Buisness News
Successful job searching takes a lot of time! Get over it.
After mentoring and hiring hundreds of job seekers, the number one surprise response I get when I give advice on job search process is, “Wow, this takes so much time!” I’m even more concerned by the proclamation that, “I don’t have the time to put into this.”
I’m convinced there is a binary categorization of job seekers today: those who are committed and those who are hobbyists. Which one are you?
The committed job seeker (both the employee searching internally in his or her own company and the person looking at new companies) is willing to block out the appropriate amount of time, put in the hard labor required, and perform at the highest-quality level. Every written and spoken word and every action is thought through, checked and re-checked, and meets the highest standards possible.
Here are the entry-level criteria to be considered committed:
- Articulate your job goal, in writing, and state it clearly to your network.
- Build your job search tools such as a tracking spreadsheet and use your personal productivity technology to manage follow-up.
- Prepare your sales approach; how you will position yourself to hiring managers, what your value is to them, and how you will present yourself.
- Research positions, companies, industries, interview answers, and more.
- Network with precision follow-up; build two-way relationships for the long term.
The hobbyist job seeker cuts corners, believes he or she is entitled to get a job, and tends to be the victim of others’ inadequacies. His or her work is sloppy, riddled with errors, and ordinary. The hobbyist’s excuses range from, “There is no point in doing all this research.” to “Why waste time on process when I should just be sending out my résumé?”