Do you run? Or do you have friends run marathons? I always admire those who run marathons. These people really have the mental toughness. That’s exactly what you need during job hunting. Here are 5 things they do to get through or even enjoy the process.
- Well trained in advance of their race day
You’ve heard me say it before that week one of your job hunt is not the best time to learn about networking. So if you have found yourself in this spot, you’ll have to make do. If you are working and haven’t started, well, get started. Networking is the single biggest skill you need to succeed in today’s job market. And, while a good personality helps, don’t plan on just winging it. Also hard skills such as Excel. You will need it, but as I said before, spend 20% of the time other people are spending on learning these skills, and get 80% of the skills needed.
- Prepared for the worst
Your job hunt can end happily in four to six weeks but it can also continue for six, nine or twelve months. Sometimes longer depending on the market, your industry experience and your ability to stand out in an interview process. If you plan for four to six weeks and get six months, what happens to your psychology (confidence) during weeks eight to ten? It starts to get a bit shaky, right? Now, I am NOT saying assume the worst. Just be ready for it. Mentally. And, for sure, financially.
- Constantly looking for training partners
It may seem like it, but job hunt is not a solo sport. Those who choose to go it alone will find life a bit troubling. Without a community around you for support, you will struggle. Sorry if that sounds harsh. There are so many great things to be shared during this time in life – in addition to your learnings and experiences with other job seekers. Sharing job leads with others (even those in your same profession) builds good rapport and, I believe, good karma with the job hunt community. So, look for friends. Not as a crutch or as a social party friend. But as a partner in job hunt success.
- Well equipped with the latest tools
Runners have all sorts of cool new gadgets and rarely will you see someone still training in Dolphin shorts. So why allow your job hunt to fall victim to the status quo? Old tools are for old job hunt strategies. Ones those are not effective in today’s competitive job market. Linkedin, Twitter to name a few have to be on your list. Use Indeed for effective job leads. Don’t be the one afraid to try new things. This is because companies are finding their new employees with these new tools. If you’re not there, you’re not there.
- Unwilling to give up
There are days, to be sure, that job hunt feels like a losing battle. No leads. No call backs. No love. If those stretch into weeks – and they can – you need to remember that you have a strategy. You are networking for a reason. You are, hopefully, acting on every opportunity to meet new people, sharing your job objectives and offering to help them in return; or, even better, in advance. Successes will come and go. You only need one lead to turn into a job – not all of them.
Happy Job Hunting! Leave a comment on what kind of pain you are having and what’s your solutions.