Creating momentum in job search can be hard. Carving out a few victories along the way is a big part of it. And you know what can be really hard? Recognizing them as victories when they may seem really small against your larger objective of finding that next great role.
So I’d like to give you a chance to speak up here and share yours. By making a comment below.
But before I open up the floor, I wanted to share some examples of victories that your fellow job seekers have shared in a great discussion. On the Linkedin group.
What? Not a member? It’s easy to join!
Oh, and tell them Tim sent you. It’ll get you approved right away . . .
So, here they are. 10 examples of small victories:
- A new connection. Some days these can seem really small, but each connection will lead to something. And it is something new to pursue.
- A phone interview. Maybe you got it via connections on Linkedin. Perhaps a vendor friend from a prior job helped you get it.
- An e-mail response. You finally heard back from that company you submitted to a month ago. No matter the answer, hopefully something was resolved or cleared up.
- An informational interview. Not only did you learn something new about a target company or industry, but you just might have given someone a reason to forward your resume on to someone else.
- A phone call. Maybe it was a recruiter. Maybe it was an old college friend who works in an industry you’ve been targeting.
- A chance meeting. Someone in the line at Starbucks. On an elevator. At the grocery store.
- A few new ideas. Perhaps they were suggestions for a new job site to check out. A new recruiter in your industry. A job search blog (hey, good idea!).
- A short term consulting assignment. This means some money in your wallet and a chance to keep your skills fresh. Consulting can be a great interim victory if you understand the pros and cons of consulting.
- A chance to volunteer. Yes, you can do something good with your time off. And think of all the new people you’ll meet! Whether you are stuffing envelopes for your local church or building a regional marketing plan for the local United Way, you put yourself in a target rich environment. Lots of new possible connections.
- Take a friend. Have a friend who is a little shy? Bring them with you to your next networking event or one-on-one coffee meeting. It is a victory to help others. You’ve nudged them along and given them a reason to help you next time.
The key to all of these small victories though is that you have to be engaged. You have to be proactively creating a situation in which others want to help you. If you read the last post which included Eric’s story about waiting for his car at the dealer.
Eric did not get new connections by sitting on the comfy coach reading a car magazine, sipping free coffee and swallowing a few donuts. He looked around the room and took action.
Now maybe Eric is unique you say. Freakishly outgoing with no fear. Well, that’s just silly. All of us have some trepidation in networking. None are free of the nerves or ego restrictions that prevent starting a new conversation with a total stranger. Especially in an environment (like a car dealer) where most people are there for two reasons.
To get in and get out.
And with as little pain as possible on the wallet. And they don’t even know that they could be a key contact for you in your quest to find something new.
But if you say “yes” to everything during job search. Especially to those opportunities that you might normally shy away from, you will create energy. And that energy will lead to small victories.
And once you have one, you can share it here. Or on the Linkedin group.
Sharing those victories builds momentum. Both real inertia and the kind that keeps your confidence up.
When you really need it.
Written by: Tim Tyrell-Smith
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