What is “IT”? Is is everything, from networking, to cold calling, social media. “It” is actually all those activities that you say you don’t know how to do or don’t like doing. Stop nay-saying or making excuses- try it for 30 days!
For those who have tried to lose weight, you know that you can’t wish the weight off, just like you can’t wish a new job to land in your lap. Even trying diet pills, the easy quick fix, takes some time. Sitting behind your computer all day or even part of the day, applying for jobs online is the equivalent of watching an exercise video from your sofa. You are unlikely to benefit from such an activity.
When job seekers ask whether they should send an email or call, I ask “Which is more difficult?”. Picking up the phone, right? That is the activity you should pursue. Job search, as you all know, is not easy. Managing your career is a job in and of itself.
Awhile ago I wrote a tongue and cheek post. If you are looking for a chuckle, feel free to check it out. 25 Signs You Need Serious Help with Your Job Search.
Here are some simple reminders:
- You can get a job and a job that you will enjoy.
- Find your calling and get moving.
- Have a fire in your belly.
- Be enthusiastic.
- Networking is just meeting people and finding something in common.
- You are not being a pest, you are being persistent.
- Learning new technology demonstrates your ability to learn new things.
- You WILL be looking for a new job again, this I promise you. Learning how to develop your personal reputation and nurture relationships are the skills that will help you out next time.
Why do you feel your job search isn’t working? Don’t blame the economy, this is about you. What can you do differently, what will you do differently. People are securing new jobs and have been for the past two years. What did they do that you aren’t doing? These are the tough questions.
What are the activities you aren’t doing? Why? Will you please do yourself a favor and try them again for 30 days and see what happens this time? Just try. 30 days.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.