Job Search Tips 4.0
At the Starting Gate
I am not discouraged, because every wrong
attempt discarded is another step forward.
TO ACHIEVE ANYTHING IN LIFE, one must start with the basics, and finding a new executive job is no exception. So let’s start this whole new phase of your life off by talking about some of the primary elements of a good strong job search campaign. During the executive job search process, there is so much that is out of your control. I want to share with you some areas that you can control right off the bat. I know I’m breaking protocol here by giving you the bad news first, but I feel it’s important that we first look at the most common causes of job search failure. Don’t let that word scare you, though. We’re going to concentrate on the areas where you’re in complete control of that failure with your executive job search. Once we’ve put you in the driver’s seat, we’ll review the areas in which you will personally be able to have more positive impact on your executive job search and, in turn, effect a positive outcome!
Working on the Inner Gameâ€”15 Reasons
People Fail with Their Job Search
It’s time to take a close, candid look at you and what you’ve been accomplishing, or perhaps more importantly not been accomplishing, with your executive job search . . . for whatever reason.
Let’s start by examining the most common causes of failure when conducting a executive job search campaign. Notice that you have complete control over changing all of these areas:
1. Lack of a clear and well-defined vision of the type of executive position you’re seeking
In order to succeed in your executive job search, you need to have a clear idea in mind of the definite type of executive job you want to land. Possessing this type of clarity, of course, assumes that you have a realistic understanding of your professional background up to this point. It also assumes that you know what type of executive job search employment positions you should realistically be considering and applying for.
Now is the time to do a professional inventory review of both yourself and your executive job search. Ask yourself, “What are the three most important traits or characteristics I’m looking for in my next ideal, yet realistic, executive position or company?”
Write on an index card or piece of paper what these three traits or characteristics are that you’re looking for. If you are able to rank them, that is even better. You will need to refer to this information throughout your job search process to make sure the positions you are interviewing for match your “wish” list. It will also make sense to consider revising this list as your executive job search progresses.
As you do so, remind yourself of what you liked the most and least in your last three executive jobs. This will lead you to avoid areas that did not work out for you in your previous executive employment situations.
2. Lack of ambition to aim above mediocrity
There is no hope for the executive job seeker who is indifferent and unmotivated in their executive job search. There is only hope for those who are willing to pay the price of being truly committed to their executive job search, by refusing to give up trying. You must be truly committed and motivated to succeed with your executive job search!
3. Lack of self-discipline
Discipline comes through self-control. Exhibiting self-control means you must push aside all the negative thoughts that creep up on you during your executive job search. You must also be disciplined in how you manage your time not only each day but throughout the entire executive job search process.
Before you can control conditions, you must first be able to control yourself. Self-mastery is the hardest executive job you’ll ever tackle, but the effort is well worth it. If you cannot create the self-discipline to manage yourself and your executive job search, you will not have a good strong executive job search employment quest. The stronger your self-discipline and follow-up the faster you will land that next great executive job you are looking for!
I will go over some of the other traits that you need to be aware of in order to have a successful executive job search. These are all reasons that you can work on to have your executive job search going in the right direction.
(This post is from Chapter 1 in my book, The NEW Rules of Job Search – How to Land an Executive Job in the New Economy)
Eleanor Anne Sweet
Executive Job Search Expert and CoachÂ tm
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