How to Create an Effective Strategy for Job Search Success

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Okay- so you’ve finally decided that you’re pulling the plug on your current job and looking for something more fulfilling.

Great!

But, where to start.

We’ve all been there. You’ve made the monumental decision to create more happiness and fulfillment in your life, but getting started, especially if you’ve been in the same job or industry for most of your career, can seem overwhelming.

A job search strategy is a must to avoid burnout and disappointment during the job search.

This article doesn’t cover the typical strategies associated with the job search because they will only carry you so far. You can have countless spreadsheets, apply to 115 jobs, devote every waking hour to your job search and still come up empty-handed.

And, you probably already know all of those things, which is why in this article, we’re getting to the root of the issue, your thoughts about yourself, and the job search itself.

So, what is the best strategy for your job search?

An Effective Strategy for Job Search Success

1. Clarity

Oh, the time we can spend spinning our wheels when we aren’t clear about what we want. Not knowing what you want can be like a pesky rain cloud that follows you around everywhere you go. It can zap you of your precious time and energy and leave you with nothing to show for it.

I spent most of my professional career in my twenties feeling confused. At that time, I believed I was genuinely lost. That try as I might, I couldn’t figure out what I wanted in a career.

In hindsight, this was not the case.

I woke up every morning with the belief that I was confused. And, then I spent close to ten years believing this was true and that finding my ideal career was beyond my control.

Now it may be hard to hear that you are creating the confusion you’re experiencing in your career right now. It may ruffle your feathers, cause you to get defensive, or count all the ways you’re right and I’m wrong.

But let’s explore why this might be a tough pill to swallow.

Typically when something causes us to get defensive, it’s because something about it is true.

So, what if, just what if the reason you feel confused is that you’ve told yourself that you’ve been confused for so long that it’s become your truth and reality?

Strategy for Job Search Light Bulb Clarity

To be successful in your career and job search, you must start focusing on what you know and what you can do with this knowledge.

Instead of telling yourself, you don’t know what you want in a job or what to do in the job search process, start with beliefs that will serve you in your career and search.

Instead of: I don’t know what to do.

Maybe consider: I’m going to figure this out.

Instead of: Everybody else knows precisely what they want in their career, and I don’t.

Try: I’m getting closer to my dream job and career.

Now, let’s take this one step further.

Take a piece of paper and turn it sideways (landscape). Now on the left side, write down everything you want in your future career. Now on the right side, write down everything you want to avoid.

Now, after you’ve done this, take a minute and absorb everything you’ve written. This is evidence that you are likely not as confused or unclear as your brain would have you believe.

Use this information to start your job search. The information contained in your list is more than enough information to create a tailored search process on LinkedIn or other search engines.

To get more clarity in your professional life and, in general, you must start consciously focusing on your knowledge. You are far better poised to succeed than you realize. But, you must cut through the chatter that your brain creates.

Telling yourself you don’t know what to do and believing that you are helpless because the process is new and scary will not provide you with the outcome you want.

Becoming aware of the thoughts and beliefs keeping you from the dream job you want and then focusing on the thoughts and beliefs that create more clarity is the single best way to set yourself up for success in your job search.

2. Belief

The second important aspect of a successful job search strategy is assessing and building your belief in the process you’ve chosen, yourself, and the outcome you want.

Let’s start with the belief in yourself; your self-confidence.

One of the most effective ways to become more confident is by showing yourself compassion.

Often, we lack belief because we are judging ourselves for all of the “stuff” we think we should know or have done already.

Let’s take a closer look at one of the most common thoughts that pops up when you’re starting a job search.

Strategy for Job Search Confidence Graphic

Moving to a new industry if you’ve been in the same industry or job for several years can seem daunting. You may notice that the thoughts running through your head are all the reasons you won’t succeed or be hired. Maybe, it’s everything you don’t know.

The first step here is to become aware of the thoughts you’re having about yourself. When I moved industries, I had this underlying belief that other companies wouldn’t hire me because I didn’t have experience in that particular industry.

Your brain is designed to keep you safe, so if you’re heading out into the unknown in an industry that you have little or no experience in, your brain is going to freak out. It’s trying to keep you safe in the job you’re in now, even if that means that you’re not happy.

Rather than chastise yourself and your brain for these thoughts, cut yourself some slack and realize that this is all part of the process.

This is scary, risky, and uncomfortable, and that’s okay.

Rather than resisting feeling scared, nervous, and vulnerable, start feeling those feelings so that you can process them and let them pass.

This simple process stumps so many of us because, as human beings, we don’t want to feel negative feelings. Why feel bad when you can feel good all the time, right?

If only that were true.

When you resist feelings that don’t make you feel great, you typically cope with them in other ways. This is where overeating, binge-watching the newest show, overworking, shopping, and spending money are.

Think about when you’re stressed; what do you turn to for comfort?

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  • Be Happier
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  • Improve Your Productivity
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  • Get More Life Clarity
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Instead of coping with all the not-so-great feelings that come up for you during the job search, start feeling them and allow them to pass.

When you’re nervous, something as simple as saying to yourself, “I’m nervous about this job search, and that’s okay.”

We are all human beings doing the best we can with what we’re given. Remember this when your controlling, driven, Type A parts jump in the driver’s seat and start steering.

Feeling ALL of your emotions will help you build your self-confidence and feel better about your job search and the overall quality of your life the fastest.

The quicker you accept that this is a potentially scary and uncomfortable process, the more quickly you will start seeing results. Because when you’re willing to do things that make you uncomfortable (applying to jobs), putting yourself out of your comfort zone (interviews and risking rejection), and reaching out to total strangers to get informational interviews (scary), the quicker you will start building your belief in yourself.

3. Action

Taking action is one of the most effective ways to get the outcome you want.

And, one of the most common emotions or feelings that stops so many of us from taking action is fear.

Fear is a lot like a weed. If you ignore it and refuse to face it, it will keep growing. Each time you avoid the things that you fear, you’re fertilizing the weed. And, sooner or later, it will take over more and more space (your life) until it paralyzes you in other areas.

If you’ve been going to start your job search for a while but haven’t yet taken the first step, what’s stopping you?

Chances are, it’s because the process is scary, and the outcome is unknown.

But, how will you ever get over how scary or uncomfortable it is if you never start?

Your fear about making a mistake on a job application, reaching out to people on LinkedIn, or blowing an interview will only continue to grow.

If you want a more fulfilling job, you will at some point have to face your fear of the unknown.

And, the easiest and quickest way to overcome that fear is to get to work!

Let’s say that applying to jobs in a different industry is uncomfortable, and you’re afraid that you’ll get rejected.

What’s the quickest way you could overcome this fear?

Start applying to jobs!

They don’t have to be jobs you care about; it’s the process of applying that’s building your belief in yourself because each time you apply to a job and submit that application, you’re building your confidence that you can do this and that even if you don’t know everything right now, that you can and will figure it out along the way.

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My coaching program is all about getting you results.  I’ll help you to:

  • Improve Your Mindset
  • Find Your Passion
  • Grow Your Self Confidence
  • Overcome Your Fears
  • Land Your Dream Job
  • Make More Money
  • Be Happier
  • Develop Healthy Habits 
  • Improve Your Productivity
  • Identify Your Strengths
  • Set and Accomplish Meaningful Goals
  • Get Motivated
  • Overcome Procrastination 
  • Get More Life Clarity
  • Eliminate Distractions
  • Start Your Dream Business 
  • Overcome Fatigue and Burnout
  • Step into Your True Potential

Action cures fear and creates belief. And, it is the single most effective way that you can get out of your head and start feeling better about your job search.

While the action parts are essential, your thoughts and beliefs drive the actions you perform.

This is where some people get caught up.

Think about doing something when you believe that there’s no question about the outcome. That you believe in yourself and what you’re doing so much so that you consider it done, you’re just finishing up the details.

That’s the same energy you’ll have when you have clarity about what you want in your career and believe that you are fully capable of getting it.

You’ll take action after action because you know that one day you’ll get the dream offer. It’s inevitable.

Now think about doing something when you don’t know what you want, and you don’t believe you’re capable of getting it?

How do you feel, and what do you think the outcome will be?

Getting crystal clear on your thoughts is the best way to guarantee that your job search is a success.

Are your thoughts moving you closer to the person you want to be or further away from the person you want to become?

Once you better understand the thoughts and feelings that move you closer to your goal, you can start cultivating more of them.

Doing this and showing yourself more compassion will put you in a better position to win in your job search and career.

Focusing on what you already know, who you want to become, learning as many new things as you can, and paying closer attention to the things in your life that inspire and excite you is a sure formula for success in your career and life.

You are here for a reason, and you have everything you need to create a life that exceeds what you believe is possible.

And, this is the best part; you are in total control of it.

I believe in you and your potential!

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PS:

I know how stressful looking for a new job is, and when you’re doing everything in your power to find a new job, but still not getting the results you want, it can leave you feeling frustrated and helpless.  

Which just adds the fuel to the fire.  

Finding your dream job is possible.

But, to find that dream job, you’re going to have to face the skeletons in your closet.  Whether it’s your lack of self-confidence, confusion about what you want to do in your career, or unwillingness to do what’s scary and uncomfortable, to get the result you want, each are necessary.  

And, that’s where I come in.  I can help you understanding your thoughts and limiting beliefs and then start changing them so that your actions are aligned with the result you want.  

Imagine having a job that you look forward too; how good would it feel to leave work every day knowing that you made a difference in the world and helped other people?

Feels pretty amazing, right?

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