Job Search has been written about, blogged about and talked about as much anything I know of short of sex. Somehow, we keep finding more to say…
My thought today is to simplify. With all of the talk, writing etc. it must be complex, right? I’m actually not so sure. It is not linear. So you can do everything right and still struggle. One of my clients has a terrific skill set in an emerging technical field, experience as good as is possible and still spent most of last year looking for work. At one point he got what appeared to be a terrific job. He was introduced by a respected acquaintance, checked out the owners reputation, interviewed the owner and everything lined up. so he said, “Yes.” Moved his family, set up new day care, his wife got a new job…. Then two months in found that the whole thing was financed by someone called, “Mr Big”. (This is too crazy to make up.) When his boss realized he was keeping detailed records of what they were doing (he is a scientist after all) he was fired.
My point is that he did everything right and it still turned into a disaster. How did it get so crazy? Start with the fact that he only controls half of the process. When he was fired, it kicked him onto his behind. So all he could do was get back up and continue.
Job seekers and employees only control their half of the process. The result is that half(?) two-thirds(?) of what happens is explained by stuff not controlled by the job seeker or the employee. Frequently it’s stuff that the job seeker/employee will never get access to.
The most important part of the job search process turns out to be resilience. Your ability to continue to work through resistance.
Networking is more efficient than any other process, but if you work hard enough and long enough, then there are lots of effective ways to get that new job. The key element is continuing through resistance.
One of my clients is helping Boeing with their hiring process and he reports that one of the applicants there applied for more than 250 specific positions. Someone he had just hired had applied for more than 50.
All of us that blog/write about job search love to tell you that we know the secret sauce that will get you that perfect job, but the truth is, it’s all about you. If you keep working at it, it will happen. We can make it easier, but the secret sauce is you.