I spend a good deal of my time talking to business professionals in career transition. Time and again, these job seekers cross my path when their job search efforts have put them somewhere on the spectrum between “slightly annoyed” and “severely aggravated.” I feel for them, of course, because so many job seekers try the same tactics over and over and achieve consistently infuriating results. But, aside from offering these folks just another pair of sympathetic ears, my main goal is to offer a new perspective on the typical approach to job searching.
One of the first things I ask a job seeker to consider is that nearly every adult relies on one (and often more than one) of the following people: financial adviser, hair stylist, interior decorator, personal trainer, realtor, tax preparer, travel agent and wedding planner. Why is it important for us to rely on these various professionals?
Well, you’re not an investing expert, but you nevertheless want to plan for the future you've worked so hard to secure. You want to look good and feel great, but you can’t count on just anyone to help you pull that off. You don’t know everything there is to know about the housing market, but you want to buy your dream home at a fair price. And you surely don’t want any part of an audit, but you want to pay exactly what’s required in income taxes (and not a penny more)!
The bottom line is this: we all want to lead fulfilling, productive and successful lives, but we must also recognize that our time and personal bandwidth are limited. It therefore follows that we will choose to specialize in whatever our true passion happens to be, and outsource the other tasks to experts we can trust based on results and reputation. So why is it then, that most people decide to “go it alone” when they seek out a new (or better) career opportunity?
I challenge all job seekers to consider the following questions:
- If you’re out of work, is needing a paycheck more or less important than collaborating with a financial adviser to plan your future?
- Is wanting to spend more time with your family more or less important than working with a personal trainer to improve your overall health?
- Is seeking more fulfillment and personal satisfaction out of a job more or less important than enlisting a CPA to accurately prepare your tax return?
The truth is, finding your dream job is just as important—if not more important—than many of the professional services you’re currently paying for!
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But, more important than our credentials is helping you to understand that this is your job search, your career and your future. You have far more control than you think you do! The real question is: do you have 6 months of savings to live off of while you experiment with untested job search tactics? Or more importantly, do you want to risk settling for less when it comes to your career?
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