Are you stuck? Are you lingering? Is your job search stuck in a rut?
I've been thinking that job search is 90% mental and 10% physical. What is the real reason your search is not moving along? Is it because you aren't doing it? Then what is it you aren't doing? Why aren't you doing it? Is it scary, frustrating, depressing? Are these the real reasons behind your being stuck?
Finding an "accountability partner" is a great way to move yourself along. You just need to find someone you trust to provide honest feedback. Set a time to meet with them regularly and hold to it. Your meeting time with them should be productive. Use a weekly agenda to guide the conversation. The agenda may include:
- What did I accomplish this week?
- How much time did I put in?
- What were my challenges/obstacles this week?
- What are my three goals for next week?
No complaining. Use the facts. Take the emotions out of it.
If you begin to look objectively at your job search, you most likely will find a way out of the black hole. No problem is insurmountable. You will find a new job. It is just taking longer than you want and it is a lot more work.
Make 2010 a year of no excuses. As Nike says: "Just do it". Stop second guessing. Stop procrastinating.
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.