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Job Seekers: Seek the Right Fit.
This post is about not jumping into any old job but taking the time to explore what you really want to do and then making a plan to get there.
(If you haven’t read it, don’t miss my post on 3 common courtesies for both job seekers and recruiters/hiring managers.)
Take the Time to Explore Your Strengths and Weaknesses:
This self-reflective part of my journey in making a career change has been the most important for my individual growth.
Really diving deep into my personal and professional successes and failures, and identifying where I am able to grow, how I can change my weaknesses into opportunities, how to turn my disappointments into lessons learned, this road to development has been worth every second of this rollercoaster of a career search.
Even if you are not in a place of hunting for a job, I encourage you to take the opportunity to evaluate yourself. Where there is a strength, there is an option to fine-tune, and where there is a weakness, there is an opportunity to grow.
What Goes Around Comes Around:
It’s the golden rule meets the law of reciprocity.
Do unto others as they would do unto you, and you will get back the positivity you put out into the universe.
It might sound like some hippy-dippy, new-age, psychedelic stuff, but I’m a firm believer that this is true and it works! How does this relate to my job hunt?
Well, as most of us know, networking and a strong referral system, is a prime source, if not the main source, of acquiring employment.
My first action step, even before applying to any jobs online, was to contact senior managers and executives from my past employment and ask for their help in providing me with connections that might aid me in my search.
Within hours, all contacts responded to me with immediate help. I was provided with e-introductions, LinkedIn connections and meetings to be set up. From a job well done in my past working-life, I was able to create a large network of suitable contacts that are now assisting me in finding the perfect job.
I know a new career awaits me out there. I have faith I will find it and when I do, I will continue to work hard and demonstrate greatness. And, I will always support those who have supported me. Why? Because as I have learned, what goes around really does come around.
The time spent searching and diving deep into self reflection is worth it as it’s about finding the RIGHT job.
What has your job search taught you about yourself?