In our new economy, it's easy to get distracted and become discouraged in the job search process.
However, it's important for you to carry on with the confidence and determination needed to succeed.
I would like to make an appeal that you keep focused on your job search with the right attitude and use all your available resources. That approach will be important to a successful search.
Recall that six months ago, amid the bright lights and bustling energy of New York City's Times Square, the famous New Year's Eve ball dropped at midnight. People nationwide and throughout the world said goodbye to the old year and welcomed 2015 with great anticipation.
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Leading up to that hour, millions in this country committed to resolutions to do better. Many made open declarations to be focused and more determined than ever to secure a new job.
You were optimistic and clearly believed that it would be different in 2015.
Now the famous New Year's Eve ball is in storage under lock and key until December. Where is your job search plan today? What have you accomplished over the past six months? Where will you be six months from now?
This is an excellent midpoint to pause and evaluate your job search evolution. However, I'm not suggesting that you get entangled with the analysis of the paralysis, beat yourself up or give excuses. Rather, be open and honest about the actions that you've taken toward investing in the job search. Moreover, start today by doing a better job in looking for a job.
Let's recalibrate your job search, and do not forget it's a process. Here are a few tips:
■ You need an advocate. Seek outside help from a trusted mentor or professional. This is not a career counselor or coach, but a person who is willing to speak on your behalf. He or she will pick up the phone and place a call to hiring managers. It is so important today in the job search process to have someone who will fight for you. I'm not talking about a reference, but a person of influence and to whom HR representatives or hiring managers will return calls. However, you should secure a confidant as well. This is someone who genuinely cares for you and could be an encourager as well.
■ Stop applying for everything. You might have received advice from career counselors or coaches that you should get your résumé out into the market. However, if you're applying for any and all job openings to a particular organization, you might be sending the wrong message. Furthermore, it has to really weigh heavily on the job seeker who receives so many unnecessary rejection letters.
■ Learn to receive feedback. If you have individuals investing time in you, don't overlook informal feedback. You might be missing out on some excellent advice from someone you're talking with daily. I'm suggesting that you seek feedback from trusted sources or people who have job search expertise. Getting the good, the bad and the ugly could be the difference between securing that dream job or staying where you're unhappy.
■ Understand your competitive advantage. It's important that you identify and recognize what makes you a unique candidate. This is difficult to accomplish because many job seekers or career changers lack self-confidence or the wherewithal to see their competitive skillset, but knowing and conveying these skills are critical to succeed in the job search.
Personally, I am not into making New Year's resolutions. However, I do believe in career goals and tracking progress. I love seeing people secure employment that they are excited about going to daily. Here's to a strong finish in conducting your job search.