How often do you follow through on difficult tasks? What about those leads you got last week at a networking group? Have you tried EVERYTHING possible to find a connection within that company that posted a job that is a “perfect fit” for you?
Personally, I know how difficult it can be to follow up and I feel overwhelmed by all the emails and things I need to do. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the week. Who doesn’t need a little help in the areas of time management skills and personal accountability. If you are unemployed, there isn’t a boss standing over you asking you for your report.
Do you need it? Some job seekers don’t, others do.
Create a Personal Board of Advisers/Directors or Accountability Team
Here are additional posts that can provide you answers on who and how:
Forget Mentors: Employ a Personal Board of Directors from HBR (Harvard Business Review)
Building a Stellar Personal Board of Directors from Glass Hammer
10 Pearls of Wisdom from Keith Ferrazzi, Networking Ninja from Personal Branding Blog
Chose People Who Are Strong Where You Are Not
Think about the people you know (employed or unemployed) who have strengths in areas you don’t. It you struggle to make follow up calls, look for someone who has been in sales, business development or who isn’t afraid to pick up the phone. Ask them if they could spare some time to help coach you or be available once in a while to help plan/script what to say.
Many Hands Make Light Work
One person isn’t enough for your support team because you don’t want them to feel overwhelmed by your requests for help. Let them know that they will be part of your team. It will make it feel less of a burden for them. The other benefit to having a team is that you’ll have access to varying opinions. There isn’t just one right way to do something. Job search strategies are very gray. For example, how many times have you shown your resume to people and gotten different types of feedback? Very few people will agree on what makes an “excellent resume”. It is personal interpretation.
Show Gratitude and Appreciation
Ask them to do you a favor and remember, in return, you will need to find ways to help them out as well. Send them an interesting article, introduce them to someone who you think they may benefit from knowing, talk about them or their company and help spread the word about what projects they are working on.