A job search has a lot of moving parts. I do not need to remind everyone of that. There are lots of things we are told we need to do in order to have a successful search.
Just google “How To Do A Job Search” and you will get pages of great advice and how-to videos. You will get tons of ideas on everything from the best resume format to how to tell your career story concisely to what you can negotiate for and even how to give notice without burning bridges. No doubt, knowing the best job search practices saves you time and reduces your stress.
Yet, there is one key step that is often missed in a job search that can make all the difference.
Drum roll please… recommitment.
Because, as we all know from experience, as soon as we make a decision to change jobs, this is exactly the time the sh*t hits the fan.
People start telling us why changing jobs is not a great idea. Hello second guessing.
The water heater needs to be replaced. To-do’s taking priority over career joy…again.
We get a promotion. How did they know I was planning to leave? I guess I should stay.
Cultural expectations and life’s curveballs are not going anywhere.
Our job is to keep recommitting, every day, to our bigger dream of having a career that is aligned with our True Nature. A career we love. A career that makes a difference for others…and ourselves.
It is possible. All that is required is to recommit to doing what you know is needed in order to have what you yearn for in your career.
Got off track yesterday and did not work on your resume? No blaming here. Just recommit.
Your fear voice got into your head and started telling you that change is hard? Why put yourself through a job search? You tell the voice to shut itself and recommit.
Watching “The Incredible Mrs. Maisel” seemed way more fun than watching a digital job search masterclass (I hear ya!)? That’s OK. Streaming services are not going anywhere. Time to get back to your job search. Recommit.
The sooner you recommit the better. You are on a mission to find a job you love and a career that is fulfilling. By recommitting quickly you are telling both external and internal naysayers to back off. True commitment creates clarity, a sense of purpose, and forward motion. In a job search, progress not only yields results but also feeds a positive mindset.
According to the Jobvite 2019 Recruiting Benchmark Report, 12% of candidates who applied for jobs in 2018 were asked for an interview. Out of those interviewed, 28% received a job offer. Twelve percent may seem like a really low number. However, I can confidently share that those in the 12% were most likely committed and then recommitted over and over again along the way to success.
How about you? What is one way you will recommit to your job search and cross the finish line?