Insanity in Job Search

Continuing to do the same things and expecting to get different results.

In my discussions with people in transition, I usually start with asking how their search is going. Most times the answer is “I’m sending out lots of resumes but not getting any responses.” I’ll usually dig a little deeper and ask about the jobs applied to, the companies etc. More often than not, they don’t know anything about the company or the job, just that it was online and they applied.

Ask any career coach and they will (well, they should) say that a targeted approach may take more effort, but it will produce the best results. So why do we continue to do the same things in our job search over and over again that go nowhere and expect to get different results? Insanity….

Activity vs action
While sending out hundreds of resumes to job postings provides instant gratification, and we sense we are “doing something” every time we hit send on our computer, Wouldn’t it be better to “get something done”?

Decide first what companies you are targeting, what positions you qualify for and that you can truly add value to and take action to get there instead of spending your time on “activities” that merely give you the sense of accomplishment instead of producing results.

1. Decide Who your target companies are.
2. Determine if they hire people with your particular set of skills and experience
3. NetLearn- find people you know who know about the company and try to discover more about what they need in a particular role or if it really is a company you want to work for
4. Follow up – don’t wait for them to call you, if you do you’ll wait forever.
5. Every day ask yourself “What’s the one action you can take today that will get you closer to your dream job?”

You can fill your day with easy activity or make one focused move toward your next great career move and “Stop the Insanity”



About John Kalusa

A Career Management Thought Leader and creator of the "A Company of 1" approach to career management, development and mastery. Revolutionizing the way we approach our careers.
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