Finding job openings today is, in most cases, easy to do. The challenge is that for the majority of people, it is also easy not to do.
When I say that finding job openings and securing a satisfying and rewarding job are easy to do, I mean that the process is one you can easily perform. Climbing Mt. Everest might be difficult, but identifying and pursuing a career position is easy. Here’s the catch – even though the process is a series of relatively easy things to do, you must be prepared to work hard at each of them. It’s this qualification that makes the process easy not to do.
“Success comes from commitment, commitment comes from hard work, and hard work comes from focus”. ANON
Your success will come from your ability to focus!
The first steps in securing job opportunities are to:
1) Be certain of your goals.
2) Know your desired outcome.
3) Be committed to that outcome.
4) Have the burning desire and the courage to persevere and succeed.
You should have a clear idea of the environment in which you want to work, the industry you wish to pursue, and the ideal type of company you’d like to work for.
In order to identify these specific factors you will need to take an objective view of yourself and be honest. Involve family, close relations, your careers advisor and work colleagues. This will help you form an objective view of yourself and the position that best suits you.
Time is an investment
For optimum success, job satisfaction and compensation; plan to go, all out, in securing a new position. If you are unemployed, invest at least 55 hours a week in job search activities.
If you are seeking new opportunities but are currently employed full-time, invest a minimum of 5 hours a week.
If you are working part-time you should commit somewhere between 10 and 35 hours to this project. The more effort and preparation you put into the job search, the more you’ll benefit from your efforts. The degree of success you will experience as a result of your job search, is in direct proportion to the investment you make in yourself and in the process.
Most employment authors and professionals state that there are a limited number of strategies you can use to wage a successful job hunt. Below is ten of the most effective methods of seeking a career opportunity. The percentages indicate the average number of people who are successful using each strategy. Of these, we will give the most attention to two: networking, the most effective tried and true approach to finding a position; and, electronic databases, the latest way employers track and select their potential employees. The Internet is growing rapidly as a medium for finding jobs!
|2||Electronic Databases & the Internet||37%|
|3||Targeted Direct Mail||5%|
|7||State Employment Services||3%|
|8||College/School Placement Offices||2%|