Seeing as summer is in full swing, I would like to discuss one belief, and a deeply flawed, counter – productive belief at that, the belief that “nobody is doing any hiring right now.”
You’ll notice many people “check out” for the summer..calls aren’t returned, emails aren’t answered, everywhere it’s rush rush rush, all about the vacations and family plans…
And why not? Conventional wisdom says “the whole world is on vacation,” so it stands to reason that nobody is hiring, buying, or selling, or doing much of anything right? So, we’ll play on the web, or sit and wish or sit and pray, but one thing we don’t do is work on our job search, because we don’t think there’s a point to worrying about it now.
This is one belief that you should purge from your mind. Why is that you ask?
In reality, nobody else is really taking a break, and hitting the pause button can really hurt you.
1) Waiting is not viable strategy… being passive breeds negativity.
2) The world is not a static place – the world turns, and opportunities surface.
3) There are jobless people out there who are more qualified and hungrier than you.
4) There are jobless people who are less qualified, yet still hungrier than you.
5) Jobs don’t go to the most qualified people, they go to the best job hunters.
Notice a pattern? The world and other people seldom conform to conventional wisdom, and you run a real risk of missing out on opportunities if you dial back your efforts.
Life is competitive, and there are winners and losers. Hunters keep hunting, regardless of what is going on externally or how they feel that day.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t enjoy the summer, and spend as much time as we can with our families, but you have to make the time to keep your job search moving forward.
Make time every day to do the following:
1) Research pertinent companies who could possibly hire you. Be creative. Use different search engines, keywords and directories.
2) Call, end emails and mail letters to pertinent contacts within those companies. Tell them about what you can do for them.
3) Spend time working on your “two minute pitch.” Decide ahead of time what you will say about yourself when you make contact, and how you will say it. Write it down and practice it.
Do these things whether or not you know an opening exists. The world does keep turning. Opportunities that weren’t there a month ago can suddenly appear in September, and you’ll already be in line.
I guarantee the positions have been in the planning stages awhile, and chances are they won’t be advertised, but hiring authorities will contact the pertinent job seekers who they want to talk to. It pays to do the work of keeping your name in front of them.
Being out of work is very stressful, and you may be tempted to take a mental health break for the summer, but having a plan and being self propelled will give you control over your feelings and mindset about your situation.
To Your Success, “Coach Tom”
Thomas Patrick Chuna is a certified Five O’Clock Club job search coach and experienced independent recruiter specializing in molecular oncology research scientists & MD’s.
The Five O’Clock club is a nationally recognized outplacement firm with a proven job search methodology that helps job seekers get better jobs faster.
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