FoxBusiness.com published this deansguide article 10-29-08
The most difficult job during our careers is not the first job out of college, the relocation across the country, or the start up position that pays stock options and nothing else. The job of creating and maintaining an employment campaign in order to find a new position is by far the toughest job people face during their careers. Why? Let’s count the reasons:
- Procrastination: People tend to take a “I’ll get to that soon” that leads them to get to things later.
- Organization: Many folks do not organize their day, structured like a business work day, in order to perform their job search like a job.
- Fear: When the procrastination habit takes hold, a person’s “plans” to organize fall apart. The guilt associated with a lack of progress manifests itself into fear as their funds dwindle and their actions remain at a stand still.
How do you overcome these challenges in your everyday “job” to find a job? Here are some tips to help you get the results you desire:
- Organization: Schedule your day just like you would in a paid job. Rise in the morning as if you are commuting to work, consider your time spent on “the job” an investment in your future, and organize the tasks you must complete in your job campaign.
- Time Management: create a schedule and place time limits for each project. Multi task, be productive, and measure your results aka ROTI (return on time investment).
- Lists: Help yourself get organized by making lists. The most prominent list should be your Top 10 companies to work for and your Top Industries to work within.
- Network: Research and identify real world networking events. Attend the events that give you the best chance to meet hiring managers, employed professionals, or industry specific mixers.
- Network Online: Create and maintain a blog. Write about your knowledge, experience, and expertise. Register with blog directories, comment on other blogs, and spend time monitoring your traffic levels
- Social Media Systems: Register and create profiles and a presence on business niche sites like Linkedin and Plaxo, Social sites like Facebook, Bookmark sites like delicious and Stumbleupon, and aggregator sites like Friendfeed. Create a twitter account for your free broadcasting system
- Employment Campaign: This is a concerted effort to manage the first 6 tips in this list in an ongoing, everyday plan to give your best in finding a new job.
There are no short cuts, no magic pills, and no excuses. Either you are performing this type of everyday plan or you are not. Do yourself a favor and ask yourself: “Am I working as hard as I can to find a job?” If this question is too difficult to ask or it raises doubts in your level of motivation, take stock in the fact you just took the first step in the right direction!