Does your job search need a jumpstart?
If so, it pays to sit down and analyze your situation. You should carefully question everything you're doing. Careful, though -- the wrong questions can be harmful to your career health.
Example: Never ask yourself questions like, Why can't I find a job? Or, why won't anyone hire me?
Such “Why” questions will prompt your brain to give you excuses instead of answers -- you’re too old/too young/too experienced/too stupid, etc. There’s not much you can do about being young or stupid, is there? Which just leads to more frustration.
Instead, when analyzing your job search, ask yourself empowering “How” questions like, How can I generate just one networking lead today? Or, How can I meet someone who works at General Mills?
Such “How” questions lead to actionable ideas like these: You could call an old buddy from high school, someone you worked with two years ago, a neighbor who works for General Mills, etc.
See the difference?
Let’s follow this logic and replace two common “Why” questions with more-effective “How” questions that can get you hired faster …
1) Why is my job search taking so long?
This is exactly the sort of “why” question many unemployed folks ask themselves every day. Unfortunately, it will produce more frustration than answers.
Instead, examine every aspect of what you’re doing to find a job and ask yourself this “How” question: How could I improve this?
Analyze the following:
If you could improve each of those areas by just 10%, you would gain an overall 40% increase in the effectiveness of your job search. Do that and you can’t help but get hired faster.
2) Why aren’t employers calling me?
This is another question that generates a long list of frustrating possibilities, none of which is fun or useful to contemplate.
Instead, ask yourself, How could I get in front of more decision makers who can hire me? Answering this “How” question will encourage you take positive action. For example, you could:
Now go out and make your own luck!
Kevin Donlin is contributing co-author of “Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0.” Since 1996, he has provided job-search help to more than 20,000 people. For a free Guerrilla Job Search audio CD, visit MyNewJobHunt.com