“Explore all of your possibilities and remain open to planned happenstance to help you forge a path forward with clarity and confidence.”Teena Evert, CEO Claim the Lead
Employees and employers are both concerned about risk. For the employer, it’s the risk of losing a lot of money if a new hire doesn’t work out. For the job seeker, the risk is often a fear of failure.
You want to avoid being a hiring risk and setting yourself up to fail.
There are also bad employees, and there are bad employers.
You want to avoid being that disgruntled employee who works for a company that doesn’t meet your expectations.
So how do you minimize the risks and create a no-fail job search?
You design a purposeful job search.
When you know WHO you are and the value you offer an employer, you can target the companies you’d like to work for and set your job search strategy.
Here are the first 3 foundational steps to designing a purposeful job search:
STEP 1: Set Your Strategy
Have a focused Job Search Plan.
STEP 2: Get Focused.
Do your research and have a targeted company list.
Make sure that your marketing materials are up-to-date and relevant to the 21st century.
STEP 3: Build Your Network.
Take the time to create a system for building and maintaining strong professional relationships.
It is essential for a successful job search and necessary for career development and advancement.
Also, consider where you are starting from in your life and your career → check out 🎙 Episode 23: How to Navigate Life and Career Transitions
If you are looking for a new job or changing your career, there are most likely other things in your life that require your time and energy.
You may have to reprioritize some of those things to focus your attention on the changes you want to make in your professional work life.
You will have to make sure that you have the tools, resources, support, and strategies necessary to minimize the risks and maximize your success.
For example, If you want to climb a mountain, you wouldn’t expect to do that successfully by just putting on a pair of shoes and heading in the general direction of your destination.
You would begin with a strategy and a plan.
- You would assess your level of fitness perhaps and start to get yourself in top shape.
- You would research your options and decide on the specific mountains that you’d like to climb.
- You would get a map and plan the best routes.
- You would explore the gear you need to ensure preparation for unforeseen obstacles such as inclement weather.
What are you doing?
You are minimizing risks. You are doing everything that is within your control to ensure that you reach your destination.
If you throw on any old pair of shoes and start heading in the general direction of your climb, you risk not making it to the top. Not because you aren’t capable, but you don’t have what you need to make the journey. You will most likely give up too soon, and feel like a failure, which will erode your confidence.
The next step in your career is like climbing a mountain. The more purposeful and prepared you can be, the more likely you are to reach your goals.
You will minimize the risks, maximize your success and even discover opportunities along the way that you may not have expected.