Are You Limiting Your Job Search?

Just two years ago when we looked at the job market, we clung to our jobs, and hoped that things would get better; and unsurprisingly, they did.

Job Search - JOB WORD_DoorwayWhat truly is surprising is that many of us continued to behave as if nothing has changed.  If we are “brave enough” to seek a new position, it is generally a trepidatious little inquiry about doing precisely the same thing somewhere else.  Understanding where that came from explains why some of us are very cautious about making changes.

Career Advancement

Of course there some companies that are not known for their employee-friendly policies as they cut benefits, decrease wages, and eliminate staff without regard.  Consequently there is always some lingering animosity that may occur.

On the flip side of the coin however, a large percentage of companies have behaved in a decent manner.  They did what they could to preserve jobs while maintaining the viability of their business.

If you are currently unemployed and looking for something, it is not suggested to begin “job-hopping”; the main point here is about expanding your horizons.

Change of Perspective

Are you too focused on a particular title or position, making your online searches too specific?  The world has evolved beyond that.  While some might think it is just silly, office culture has now adopted “progressive” naming conventions that they feel describe the positions more thoroughly.  You will now encounter words such as evangelist, ambassador, and even ninja.  Meanwhile, the old descriptors are falling by the wayside.

If you’re looking for Sales Rep you are going to completely overlook Brand Ambassador; if you’re looking for Recruiting Specialist, you won’t find Personnel Ninja; and as a common Public Relations Director, you’ll never spot Corporate Evangelist.

Put Down the Binoculars

Binoculars give you a detailed view of a single small object; your eyes give you a more general view of everything that surrounds you.  There’s a reason that they put blinders on horses, and not people.  You can do more than carry a single rider, or tow a wagon.

If you are currently a manager, and you are seeking another management job, is that the right path for you?  Management has intrinsic status, of course, but if it isn’t making you happy, will changing to another company make any difference to your job satisfaction?

Many skills are completely transferable.  You might find job satisfaction in Business Development, Project Management, Product Development, Business Analysis, or even as a Freelance Consultant in any one of these fields.

Avoid Comfort

Very few of us enjoy absolute predictability.  If nothing new ever happened in our lives, it would become a mind-numbing horror; most of us would go mad.

Stepping a little outside of our comfort zone is healthy.  I’m not suggesting that an accountant should become an air traffic controller, but there are small steps you can take.  A receptionist can become an executive assistant; a line foreperson can join the R&D team; a salesperson can become a team leader; a manager can become a CEO.  Everything can lead to something else, if you’re not comfortable.

Utilize the Hidden Job Market

Endlessly searching Monster, Indeed, CareerBuilder, Workopolis, and all the other assorted names can be like searching for the proverbial “needle in a haystack”.  It’s been known to happen, but there are a thousand disappointments for every success.Job Search - Online

The majority of jobs still remain unadvertised because the managers and HR staff have smartened up enough to realize that it’s better to get a reference from a current employee.  It saves the hassle of advertising, sifting through innumerable résumés, possibly interviewing dozens of candidates, and in the end being obliged to hire a complete stranger, hoping for the best.

Who, not What!

You know that maiden aunt on your father’s side that you never talk to?  For the last 20 years she has been the head of the accounting department of the largest competitor to your employer.  Yet here you sit, blissfully ignorant of this wonderful resource.

You’d be amazed at how short a chain of connections needs to be made to put you in touch with just about anyone.  Everyone you know has connections to other people, and any one of them can be a steppingstone to your ideal career.

The Takeaway

The World Wide Web is inarguably terrific—just don’t confine yourself to searching employment websites alone.  Well-established or neophyte, you have friends, relatives, community leaders, public services, job fairs, actual tangible physical job boards, and innumerable other resources.

LinkedIn is one of your best employment resources, allowing you to network, interact with the community, and even develop a reputation for useful community participation.  Explore it; find the job listings; create a custom notification that points out LinkedIn listings that match your interests and you’ll receive alerts when something appropriate becomes available.

You can do this.  A perspective change, and a little discomfort, can do wonders for making you see the range of possibilities that are actually there.  The employment market has recovered so get moving, and get to work!

By Fred Coon, CEO

 

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