What if I told you you’re going about this job search task all wrong? You should create a job, not hunt for a job. Instead of doing the hunting, you should become the hunted.
Job search strategies typically focus on surveying job boards, meeting with recruiters, or fine-tuning your resume within an inch of its life. When the realization finally clicks that you’re doing exactly the same thing as every other job seeker, that light bulb moment can lead to a dramatic shift in your career development thinking.
Instead of focusing your efforts on hunting for a job, consider for a moment if you could create your own dream job. Location (can you say tele-commute?), job description, and field of interest are all up to you. When you realize the powerful potential of creating your own dream job, you suddenly see the freedom this mindset can bring. Spoiler alert: Transitioning from dreaming about your perfect career to making your ‘someday’ career a reality only takes a PINT. (No, not that kind of pint, silly).
PINT – How To Create A Job For You
Using the PINT job search strategy, you can discover unadvertised job opportunities!”
You can use the power of unearthing opportunities to entice an employer to actually create a job just for you. Instead of hunting for a job offer, an employer makes a position just so they can have you on their team. Heady thinking, right? But how do you put PINT to work to help land the perfect job?
Consider your strengths and the skills you most enjoy using. Then reverse-engineer your strengths to the problems your top skills can fix. If you’re happy with your current employer and want to transition within the company, consider problem areas your skills could help. Or unrealized opportunities you believe the company should be targeting. Present your thoughts to your employer in a manner that focuses on company growth not on you finagling a new position.
If you’re ready for a career change and want to move outside of your existing organization (or if you’re currently not working), consider problem areas where your strengths could best be utilized. What type of organization could best benefit from your skills? Is there an un-met need you believe your strengths could serve? Don’t just focus on your local community; think globally.
Remote workers are making up an ever-increasing percentage of the global workforce. With tools like real-time instant messaging, video conferencing, and communication resources like Slack, you can work for organizations anywhere around the globe. Focus on the problem areas you want to help solve; then consider potential companies where your skills could be put to work.
Addressing issues is another powerful component of the PINT philosophy. If you want a company to create a job specifically to match your skills, think about conditions that are in a state of flux. Are regulations changing in a particular industry? Are trends causing a shift in established thinking? Consider ways you can use your strengths to address these issues. Your dream job could very well lie in addressing an ongoing change.
Focusing on the needs of an organization can open your career search to many creative options. Industry changes, workforce wants, and global opportunities are just some of the ways you can use company needs to develop a career opportunity for yourself. When revenue-generating opportunities aren’t being addressed, you can carve out a career for yourself by addressing those needs.
Incorporating trend analysis into your career creation philosophy is another powerful tool to use. Again, think globally. Whether it is workforce trends or technology trends, contemplate ways your skills can help companies address coming changes. Mobile-enabled workforces, IoT devices impacting access to data, 3D-printing influencing manufacturing costs; numerous trends can impact the financial futures of existing businesses. Understanding the impact of in-development trends on businesses can help you spot opportunities where your strengths can be beneficial to the right employer.
Using the four steps of the PINT philosophy as introduced by Tim Clark in his workshop ‘Business Model You’, can drastically impact your job creation strategy. Instead of trying to find jobs that match your skill set, contemplate the ways your strengths can benefit businesses.
From local companies to global businesses, focus on your ability to excel at what you do best while helping a business owner to grow their company. Once you’re tuned into the power of your potential, you’ll soon realize it’s easier than you think to encourage a company to create a position for you.
Thanks for reading.
– Ian Jenkins