Make it a big one!
“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” Tony Robbins
I’m a well documented contrarian when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. I think particularly with job search that goals should be ongoing and strategic. It’s no use setting any goals in January and only to forget about them during the rest of the year. But there is a lot of hype associated with the start of a professional new year and this week is the first back to work after a protracted break for many. It’s perhaps better to tap into the momentum of the zeitgeist than ignore it.
So instead of setting multiple potentially short-lived, minor goals – go for just one. But think big.
Commit to taking control of your job search.
This is particularly important for the behavioural and serial procrastinator who avoids taking on any tasks because of the complexity of choice, perfectionism, or fear of failure. Procrastination is ‘the art of keeping up with yesterday and avoiding today.” says Wayne Dyer.
I worked with a client this weekend for the first time who bemoaned the inequities in the recruitment system, only to find that two days before a major interview he was not familiar with the content of the hiring company’s website. His lack of past success and confidence, I suspect can be attributed to the fact that he was simply inadequately prepared.
That is his responsibility and totally within his control.
But with a new year and new challenges, the task can seem daunting. To avoid falling into the trap of “in one year out the other” what can be done going forward? Simply make a basic commitment to taking control of the elements of your job search where it’s feasible and possible to do so.
So much of this process is in the hands and at the whim of others or impacted by happenstance.
These are the elements outside your control:
- The number and quality of other applicants
The organisational structure
The recruitment process
The perception of others
The personalities of others
The questions posed
The decision-making process
So that means we should firmly take control of the things where and when we can.
Within our control we have:
- Our mind set
- Our personal appearance and image
- CV content and presentation
- Online presence & content
- Non verbal communication
- Verbal delivery
- Responses and pitches prepared
- Constructive and effective interaction
If a job seeker struggles with any of these critical components in job search on an ongoing basis, and can’t or doesn’t take control, then some basic questions need to be asked perhaps with professional help.