Pregnancy and 2 Questions
By Kevin Donlin | February 13th, 2008
The average job search takes 17.5 weeks — about 4.5 months — according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But does 1/2 the length of a pregnancy seem like too long to transform your life? Because that’s what your next job will do — transform your life. Whether it’s for better or worse, for more salary or less, is up to you. Why not invest a few days this week in some DEEP thinking about your job search, so that 1) you’ll transform your life for the better and 2) not need to spend 4.5 months looking for that job!
As outlined in my free Simple Job Search Manifesto, here are two questions you need to answer before you start an effective job search:
1) What’s your ideal job?
Can you say out loud — right now — the exact title of the job you really want? Or the 3 skills you want to get paid to use every day? If it’s not clear to you, how will you make it clear to an employer?
Here’s the fun part: Once you clearly define the job you seek, wonderful things start to happen.
Remember when you bought the car you drive now and it seemed like suddenly, every third person was driving the same vehicle as you? They had always been out there on the road, but now you saw them more, because you were more receptive to that particular style and color of car.
It’s the same with your job search.
Once you know exactly what kind of job you seek, you will suddenly start to see job openings where you never saw them before. Ideas and employment leads will come to you, almost as if by magic. Try it and see.
2) Who are the 20 employers you most want to work for?
Most people put more time into writing down a shopping list for the grocery store than a list of employers they want to work for. Crazy, isn’t it? I mean, why be happy working just anywhere? Why not work for a company that excites you?
Instead of blindly sending out resumes to companies you’ve never heard of before, it’s far better to first select 20 companies that meet YOUR criteria and then contact them with an offer to help.
You can learn exactly how to do this and more in my free Simple Job Search Manifesto.
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