Secrets of an Effective Job Seekerby Melanie Keveles
From my vantage point of more than twenty years as a career advisor and coach, I have seen those who are successful job seekers possess certain beliefs and follow through on a variety of actions.
Beliefs - What you think, colors your world. An effective career seeker has the following thoughts about the process of finding the right niche:
- I have demonstrated skills and abilities - This belief comes from having reviewed highlights of worklife success to date and catalogued the skills, capabilities and resources you called upon.
- There is a market for my skills and abilities - This belief comes from having done some research in the library, on the Internet and through communication with others in appropriate fields about the needs that are in the marketplace.
- Through connecting, I will find the people who are interested in hiring me - It is important to spend a considerable amount of time discussing opportunities and interviewing with others. A commitment to establish meetings continually enables the seeker to begin to see new possibilities for using skills.
- I will get a good job and will have a bright career - With this perspective comes the result of a self-fulfilling prophecy. "You will see the results when you believe it!"
Actions - As you add these behaviors to your repertoire, you will be amazed at the results you will achieve:
- Reframe your mindset. - The more you can help yourself see the positive aspects of a career search rather than feeling anxious about what lies ahead, the greater chance you will attract the opportunities that are right for you.
- Create Allies Everywhere. - You never know where your next opportunity will come from. It is wise to see everyone as a potential helpmate to connecting you with your next job.
- Celebrate Your Uniqueness. - Employers prefer to hire those with strong identity about who they are and what they offer. Take the time to discover what unique skills and background you offer.
- Capture Your Uniqueness and Accomplishments in Words. - Letters, resume, proposals all express your potential. These constitute your "brochure" and insure that the appropriate employer(s) will be attracted to what you offer.
- Look for Unmet Needs Through Research. - The more you are aware of the needs in the marketplace and how you can fill them, the greater you can state your case to a potential employer. It is important to "do your homework" and identify places where you can make a contribution that is appropriate to your level of skills and background.
- Dialogue with Potential Employers. - Network with others. Interview. Become as visible as you can. No one will know what you can do for him or her if you are hiding your light under a barrel.
- Continue to be Persistent. - Don't give up prematurely. If results do not appear immediately, continue to reach out and make yourself known to potential employers. The more you do, the greater return you will realize.
- Possibly it is time to think about your future goals. Don't rest on your laurels. Maintain a posture of "beginner mind." There is always something new to learn in this fast paced world of technological change and global competition.