Today’s job market is tough, but not impossible. Many professionals, both experienced and entry level are having a hard time getting employers to notice them; while others are appearing to be experiencing a seamless job climb to the top of their careers. So what is their secret?
The truth is there is no secret. The people who seem to be making it to the top of the job market are people who plan. They have a strategic plan that is based on their own aspirations – these people have also encountered many setbacks. In fact, people who take more risks often have more failures than those who do not try. The difference is they get up again, reflect, re-plan and execute.
There are ways to get yourself noticed by employers, and it is much easier than you might realize. Did you know what Henry Ford, who now has a leading automotive company in his name and a work process named after him, went broke five times from career ventures? Or that Walt Disney was a serial entrepreneur before finally making it big with Disney?
What did these people have in common is that they learnt from their mistakes. While our search for employment might not be to set out to make a world famous retailer, it is still significant, as it will determine our quality of life, achievements and happiness.
So, what are some of the biggest barriers to employment and how can we overcome them?
Not Planning – Not planning and going into something blindly is the biggest way to create more confusion and set yourself up for a whirlwind of self-questioning and time wasting. Second guessing yourself results in stress. When you are faced with a situation where you have several choices or ideas for a career, take the time to go further than just a pros and cons list. Seek out other professionals who are knowledgeable in the area of work you are thinking about, ask them what their experience is like, the personality of people they work with and what their greatest satisfaction has been in their work. If you feel you can relate to what they are telling you, it might be worth it to explore this venture further.
One Resume for everything - having one resume for all fields is as good as eating junk food after a workout. You will make the motion to apply for a job and reap less attraction. When you apply for a job, the company wants to know that you truly value their work. Employers are looking for people who can meet the requirements of their job and produce results, but they also want to make sure that the investment they make in you, will be long term and beneficial for both parties. When writing a resume, make sure the first three quarters of the first page describes what you can offer them based on your experience and achievements.
Hiding behind the computer – networking is good both online and in person, what makes the difference is simply showing up. You know when they say it shows up in the place you will least expect it? The same can be said for the job search. When you get out and meet people, make connections and build a professional relationship, you increase your chances of meeting someone who can connect you with the right person. People are more likely to help you if they have met with you in person. Keep in mind, when networking, it’s just as important to give – maintaining a professional relationship takes just as much work as other any other relationship!
Waiting for the right moment – the right moment will not come, when it comes to making a career decision, by no reason should you rush into things, but when it comes to the simple things like returning a recruiters call or email, sending a resume or the small things you should be prompt and on time. By waiting too long you can miss out on many opportunities. Hiring managers and recruiters have several candidates they need to connect with, if you appear organized and prompt this will give you a big step up on the candidate ladder.
The biggest barrier to job success is a lack of planning and execution. In today’s work world we are faced with so much information both personally and professionally. Working to keep noticed is easy if you first develop a clear vision and plan towards that, if you find yourself getting strayed from your vision you must redirect yourself to get back on that plan. When it comes to setbacks, develop a routine, first recuperate – give yourself a break – then learn from the experience and re-plan. Didn’t get the job at the company you thought the interview went well for? It’s okay – look at other companies that are similar and try again. Also look back in a few months, the posting could be back up!
The most important part of the job search is making sure that you know what you are looking for, set out clear expectations of what you are looking for in salary, location, organizational culture, what the company offers and any other expectations you will have, and then work towards that ideal career.