You’re in the midst of a job search. You need a job, but not just any job. You want the perfect job – the one you actually want to go to. You are not alone.
“A recent survey found that nearly three quarters of workers say they hate their job!”
If you want to be one of the lucky ones, you need to intensify the focus in your job search and use your time more effectively. Here are three ways focus influences your job search success.
1) Be Specific In Your Job Search
Do you look anywhere and everywhere when job hunting? Do you sign up for every job board in town, scan the local classifieds and blast your Facebook friends with your resume? If so, you are going about it the wrong way.
Identify the strengths and skills that have contributed to your greatest successes and your proudest professional accomplishments. Think about your interests and how your passion for those activities influences your success on the job. Reflect on the prior work environments you have encountered, and be honest with yourself and your network. What did you like about your job? What did you hate? This combined insight will help you focus your job search more effectively.
Ask your LinkedIn network for career advice based on your specific profile. The experts there can help you further focus your job search and make the most of every outreach.
2) Ask the Experts
If you are trying to break into a new field or applying for a position that is new to you, the best way to learn is to interview someone who is already doing that job. Whether you are an IT worker dreaming of a career in marketing or an advertising executive who wants to work in the restaurant industry, expert advice is essential to a focused job search.
Interviewing people who are currently employed in your chosen field may not be as difficult or intimidating as you fear. If you cannot find any local candidates, just head to the Internet and look for potential prospects. Reaching out to individuals on LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media sites is the perfect way to find people who are eager to talk about what they do and how they got their start in the industry they love. People love to talk about their careers, so grab your keyboard and get started.
Be sure to ask plenty of questions during your informal interview. If you are new to the industry, you may have a distorted picture of how it works and what it takes to succeed. Asking your interviewee what they like about their job is a great place to start, but do not forget to ask about the things they hate.
3) Get The Big Picture
Getting the big picture is especially important if you are dreaming of a career in a seemingly glamorous industry like television or radio. It might look like fun and games from the outside, but talking to someone in the bowels of the industry is likely to be an eye opener. A 2011 Gallup poll revealed that some 70% of workers hate their jobs, so do not assume that breaking into a new industry will be the answer to all your problems.
At the very least, you will learn valuable things you need to know for your job search – like how people typically come into the industry, typical qualifications and the best way to reach out to the people with the power to hire you.
Armed with your new information, you can further refine your job search and narrow your focus. This will allow you to spend your time where it really counts, instead of casting too wide a net and ending up spinning your wheels.
You may find, for instance, that 90% of newcomers in your chosen industry arrive from the same industry-focused job site, or that networking is more important and job openings are rarely posted. No matter what the results, the information you gather will be extremely valuable at helping you focus your job search.
No matter what the circumstances of your job search, you need to place your focus where it is most likely to get results. There are plenty of to job search, but not all will be equally effective. Taking the time to fully research the industry, find the major players and fine tuning your job-hunting approach are all ways to focus your job search and get the job you want.
Thanks for reading.
– Ian Jenkins