3 Questions to ask yourself about your Job Search:
- What am I focused on?
Hopefully, your answer is the solution! In reality, however, most people in job-search mode are focused on fear, which can be very destructive. Focusing on fear is easy and we do it by constantly asking ourselves bad questions like, What if I can’t find a job? What if my money runs out? I applied for a bunch of jobs, why haven’t they called me back? Why me? What’s wrong with me?
All of those questions are understandable and normal, but you need to stop. Now. Why? Because the questions we ask ourselves dictate what we focus on. So, to change your focus, change the questions you’re asking yourself. Try it. You’ll become better at it. Instead, here is a great question to ask yourself every day:
- What is the best thing I can be doing today in my job search?
Hopefully, your answer is take action! Action cures anxiety and calms fears when it yields positive results. The trap many people fall into, however, is taking action that does not produce results, which leads to discouragement, which leads to taking not taking action.
You are not alone. Everyone experiences discouragement to some degree. But we all know the adage about doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Try doing something different. When you find yourself asking the question, “why haven’t they called me back?” instead, ask yourself “what else can I try to generate call backs”? and/or “If I were a hiring manager, what would really get my attention?” and/or “where do find people who can really influence my job search?” Here’s another great question to ask yourself:
- Would my job search be more effective if I had help?
The answer: unequivocally, yes. You can’t do this by yourself. People need to know you’re looking and in order for that to happen you have to make contact with them. Help is everywhere if you know where to look.
First and foremost, reach out to people not companies. Here are 2 sources where I guarantee you’ll find gems: 1. Comb your 1st connections on LinkedIn. 2. Make a list of vendors of you past employers and contact to them. It works. It really does.