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Here is an outline of the topics covered on the podcast.

  • Acknowledgement – A job search is intimidating.
  • Attitude – The mindset necessary to tackle the challenge
  • Action – First steps to jump start a job search

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Fundamental beliefs

  • Most of us are not job search professionals. Sales people come the closest. A job search is a Sales activity. If you are not is sales, learn the basics.
  • Job Boards are not the best way to look for a job. One of the major job boards indicates that roughly 50% of applications on job postings never receive a response of any kind. You can imagine that the 50% that do get responses, the majority are rejections.
  • Human Resources is not your side in your job search. Their job is to protect the company.
  • Networking is crucial.
  • Find a way to meet the person who would be your boss or boss’ boss.

 

Acknowledgement – A job search is intimidating If you are recently unemployed, you day looks a lot differently now. Perhaps you are currently employed and are at a loss for where to begin looking for your next position.

  • How I fill my day just drastically changed.
  • Don’t have to get up at a certain time.
  • Don’t have to be at work at a certain time.
  • No meetings.
  • No task list.
  • No appointments.
  • No duties.
  • NO STRUCTURE.
  • Where do I start?.
  • Write a resume?
  • Search the job boards?
  • Buy the local newspaper and look at the want ads?
  • Stay in my pajamas.

 

Attitude – The mindset necessary to tackle the challenge If you are in a job you aren’t satisfied with or unemployed. This is your opportunity to chart your own course.

  • First day of the rest of my life
  • Adventure
  • I get to hand carve my future
  • Accepting Uncertainty is the only way to become aware of unlimited possibilities.
  • You are not what you do.
  • Action First steps to jump start my job search
  • Have a check up from the neck up.
    • Go through the grieving process as quickly as possible. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross outlined the stages of grief for those facing their own death as:
    • Denial
    • Anger
    • Bargaining
    • Depression
    • Acceptance

 

Perform a Personal and Professional Appraisal. A job search is a lot of work. The most effective search follows a great deal of introspection. Appraise you assets! We have a tendency to overlook many of them.

  • Job Interest Survey
  • Determine the scope of your search
  • Industry
  • Company Size
  • Your Position / Title
  • Geography

 

Make a list of companies that utilize your skill sets Here are the metrics you can use as a guide to the volume of activities required to get an offer.

  • 150 positions targeted
  • 7 interviews
  • 1 offer

 

Here’s a recap of what we covered in today’s show.

  • Acknowledgement – A job search is intimidating.
  • Attitude – The mindset necessary to tackle the challenge.
  • Action – First steps to jump start a job search.

 

“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.” – Kahlil Gebran

 

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