Are you looking for a new job? A new career? A new position within the same company?
What is the first step you need to take?
I bet you think it is to get your resume up-to-date. And, since I’m a career coach and resume writer, you are probably sure that’s what I’m going to tell you.
The first step has nothing to do with your resume, job postings, LinkedIn, or recruiters. The first step you should take is to examine your beliefs:
- What are your beliefs about looking for a job, starting a new career, or going for a new role?
- What are your beliefs about the job market or the economy?
- What are your beliefs about resumes, cover letters, and interviewing?
- What are your beliefs about the time it will take you to land a new job?
What ARE beliefs anyway? Why should this be the least bit important to a job campaign? Beliefs are nothing but thoughts that are deeply programmed in your mind. They program how you feel and how you react—and, unfortunately, most times that programming is doing your thinking. You are thinking thoughts put in your mind by the news, the Internet, social media, and your family and friends. Many times, these thoughts are based on incorrect information. Yet to you they have become more than thoughts, but a whole belief system.
It’s an embedded system, running without your permission, or even your knowledge much of the time, and it can make the difference between happiness and unhappiness, hope and fear, engagement and depression—and, ultimately, between success and failure.
Losing a job, looking for a job, changing careers, marketing yourself for a new position … all these things are just events ... just things that are happening. By themselves, they have no power to make you happy, sad, scared, or depressed. It’s the embedded system that pops up and scares the XXX out of you, much like the imaginary monster under a three-year-old’s bed.
I don’t know about you, but I still make sure my foot doesn’t slip too far out from under the covers and dangle close to monster territory. Obviously, I don’t really think there are any monsters under my bed, but tell that to my first unthinking reaction that somehow is still an active embedded system after more than 50 years!
So who is doing your thinking about your job search and your career? Are you sure it’s you?
Are you reacting to embedded beliefs or are you acting on and attacking the accomplishment of your dreams and goals? Are you doing things or are you NOT doing things, because of fear.
When a child learns to walk he does it because he wants to SO badly that he keeps trying until he succeeds. He falls more than he succeeds, but he doesn’t have the embedded belief of failure or a banged head causing fear to make him give up.
Let’s ask my first questions again and give some possible alternative answers that are formed based on beliefs and are the reasons for your potential success or failure in your job campaign. (Remember, failure is just stopping).
Are your beliefs about looking for a job, starting a new career, or going for a new role that it is a painful and humiliating experience? That interviews are unfair judgments? That you know you need to network, but you don’t know how or you hate it?
What if, instead of listening to those beliefs, you sabotage that embedded system and reprogram your mind with positive, action-oriented thoughts like this: A job campaign will be fun, challenging, and an excellent exercise in personal development? An interview is a mutual encounter to determine if we can meet each others’ needs; it will be interesting. Now I get to establish my own personal sales team, made up of people I know and trust and new people I meet along the way (networking).
Are your beliefs about the job market or the economy that there are no good jobs available? That it will take forever to land a job? And that I will never find another job that will pay me what I was making?
What if, instead of listening to those beliefs, you actively accept the fact that it may be a challenging economy, but you can use strategic market planning and positioning to beat the competition? What if you committed yourself to finding the tools and methods that will help you land a job RAPIDLY? What if you learned how to DISCover your value, then offer that unique value, qualifications, and benefits to an employer that needs EXACTLY what you offer? And what if you secured a better-paying job?!
It’s time to stop reacting to your beliefs like a submissive robot, but instead, stand in a warrior pose and go BOO to the monsters that control your thoughts!
Stay tuned for more in a continuing series of blogs adapted from the systematic guide for landing the perfect job fast: The 5 Steps to Rapid Employment, by Jay Block.
If you want to know more now, see me about private coaching in this process or to enroll in an online, self-paced 5 Steps to Rapid Employment program. The 5 Steps to Rapid Employment is a proven, highly motivational process used by countless of job seekers for 15+ years and, when faithfully followed, rapid employment is virtually assured. It introduces you to the methodology of a job campaign, not a job search, because job search DOES NOT WORK! You will neutralize your fears and frustrations and learn how to make the right decisions, right now!
I was intrigued from the first moment I read the bold claim accredited to Socrates that "the unexamined life is not worth living" and it has been a touchstone throughout my life. And, through the power of hindsight, I see its influence powering many of my career choices and life activities.