One of the first things a client will ask me is how long it will take them to find a new job. It’s an impossible question and depends on a lot of variables. But what I do know and share with them is that it’s fundamentally up to them.
What?!? How can I say that with all the craziness in the world, the uncertain economy, and entire industries being wiped from the map?
I can say it with confidence because I see the difference daily between people who are landing jobs, and those who are struggling. And, I’ve observed some consistent traits and choices that those who land the role they want have in common, regardless of their field or experience level.
This is not an exhaustive list, but I hope it’s helpful food for thought:
- They prioritize their job search and carve out time for it every week (minimum 5-10 hours)
- They are networking relentlessly, even though it makes them uncomfortable
- They are organized, persistent, and follow up consistently
- They are willing to learn new skills and open to pivoting to a new field
- They will consider making big changes (additional education, location, income, for example), in the short term for a better career in the long term
- They view their career as an adventure, not one single forever choice
- They have a support system to help them when they are paralyzed by fear and doubt
If you want to increase your chances to find a job that’s a great fit, look at the list again. Is there anything you’re missing? Pick even one thing to work on and you’ll be getting yourself that much closer to your career goals.
This is hard stuff, and it’s hard to manage alone. If accountability and plan are what you are missing, you may want to check out the online course I put together. It’ll take you through the whole process, with best practices, templates, resources, and even weekly office hours with me 🙂 I’d love to help.
Cheers to your career!