If you are focussed and committed to achieve a goal, you generally try to surround yourself with people pursuing the same, or a similar, goal.
In martial arts, you work out together, to achieve the next belt color (level).
In training for a marathon, you establish a routine to follow (with others). (How many miles to run? Which days? Which route to follow? What diet to follow? What time to meet in the morning to run?)
In SCUBA diving, it is always recommended to stay with a companion while underwater.
Yet, many unemployed folks don’t embrace this approach regarding their job search.
For job search, the most effective ways to decrease the duration of your job search, is to routinely meet with others in job search, as a group, to discuss their progress and activity toward finding their next job. (Reference R. Bolles, ‘What Color is Your Parachute?’, 2012.)
I often heard folks, who’d been in job search for a long time, say “The people that I talk with are all unemployed: I REALLY need to be talking to employed folks!”
Friends of mine have trained for marathons as part of a group, and it took months of preparation. Over that time, some group members encountered situations which kept them from training one day, or forced them to run a shorter distance than scheduled. For others in the group, uphills were more of a challenge, while downhills were more problematic for a few. No two people had the same set of challenges throughout their training, and this is expected. It was how each person approached, and then worked through each challenge, that determined if she was successful or not in reaching (first the starting, then) the finish line, of the marathon.
Similarly, no two people in job search should expect to see similar progress from their efforts. If someone’s LinkedIn profile is not generating as many hits as desired, it is a temporary situation that can be tweaked: it should not be seen as a personal judgement or failure. It is important to seek out help from those in your group, for those areas that you want to improve. Most importantly, keep being active within your job search network!
I found that being amongst people interested in my success helps helps me to be my best. The value of being within a group of people who actively share your goals, remains just as important in job search as it is in any other undertaking.
Allan Channell is a new ‘Blog to Work’ contributor. He has experience in software development, project management, and has interests in communications, Tai Chi, and humor.
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