s Counter Intuitive
Often times people take steps that are counter intuitive to what their end result is. While the television show admittedly is an exaggeration, in the world of job search, there is actually some truth to it. Often the actions that job searchers should be taking are actually counter intuitive to what they believe is the right thing to do. For example, many individuals believe it is best to be open to all job possibilities, and present themselves as willing to do anything. The reality is those job searchers who can be more specific in presenting what they are looking to do, the skills that they offer, and how they are a perfect fit for a specific job, have far more success. Others send out many resumes to every opening imaginable, and then are surprised when they receive little to no response. Usually that is because the counter intuitive approach often takes time and effort. It is built on process. Our world is one where we are conditioned for quick fixes and answers. When those answers don come right away, there is panic. A set of suggestions that are geared to getting to know other people, being specific as to what type of position you are seeking to fill, targeting specific companies that have those type of positions and which do the type of work you are looking to do appears to narrow one focus. And, while one must guard against narrowing their focus too fine, to not narrow it at all gives your listener the impression that you don know what you want to do. Are you like Jerry friend George who convinced himself that every idea he came up with was wrong, so he was defeated before he even started? Do others understand your message clearly? (If you are not sure, ask them to repeat back to you what they have heard, and if it is not the message you want to be delivering, know you have some work in getting it conveyed). Above all look to harness your fear. It will feel unusual to take steps that are different than what intuition, friends, family or media tell you are the right things to do. The choice is ultimately yours to make. If however, actions which are meant to get you the quick response you desire are not working, then taking the deliberate and focused approach is something I recommend you give consideration.