Changing The Old Job Searching Process - How To Find A Job

2017 July 14
4 min read

The Old Way of How to Find a Job Has to Change

You’ve probably heard by now that searching for a job is a job in itself. Having worked for more than 6 years in searching jobs for other people, and also constantly wanting a job change for myself, I grew accustomed to seeking opportunities everywhere.

Not even kidding: at the grocery store, when reading the food labels I made mental notes and searched for potential employers; when I went on road trips, I was always reading the billboards, looking for companies that might hire me or my candidates.

It became a habit I still haven’t shaken off, but now I just do it for fun and keeping the pace with the ever-changing job market. I guess that’s why I can’t fully grasp those who give up too soon and then lament that there’s no employment potential out there. I don’t judge, but I think there’s always a way.

A word of encouragement for all of you who want a new job: the struggle is real, but so is the possibility of actually getting what you wish for. No, I am not going to give a 5 step magic recipe of how to search for it. I would rather help you get into that hunting mindset that will become your renewable resource when planning the next career move.

I usually don’t recommend a book before finishing it, but the dozen of pages I read so far got me stopping and reconsidering some of my techniques in finding information in general. 

The Silo Effect circles the irrational collective behavior and is inspiring in approaching the massive amount of day-to-day data to solve problems caused by precisely that kind of behavior.

My takeaway from this book so far is that I need to stop being traditional in my research, no matter the objective. Visit the book for enlightening examples, but let’s try to think of your own way of job searching:

1. You wait for something to go wrong with your employment, and stall until it gets worse to start looking for a different job.

2. Job openings are traditionally listed on job ad sites, so that’s where you’re looking.

3. You update your resume only when you want to change your job.

4. Besides the industry you work in, you don’t know much about the local employers or the new ones.

5. The work related conversations with close friends or family usually involve complaining and sympathetic comments.

6. The urgency in changing your job due to the situation generated by the 1st point forces you to accept interviews and job offers that you haven’t thoroughly looked into.

7. You only take your own advice and rely solely on your assessment of the job situation.

8. I could go on, but I guess you know what I am aiming at...

Some good news in what often seems to be a dead end situation: you are a subject matter expert. Not like a NASA or CERN scientist, no.

But you alone are the one who knows best how you perform, what are your work-related preferences, what processes function at your job, who are the colleagues that can help you, when your boss is approachable or not.

All this information lies amassed in an unconnected pile of details. In her book, Gillian Tett uses the little known anthropological method to deconstruct and rearrange what seems to be useless data.

Observing the way humans usually act and finding out way can lead to astounding results! Here’s how you could do this: try breaking the above-mentioned statements into observable habits. Correlate your usual behavior to notable changes of the environment and then seize that crucial moment in time. Break habits.

Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself: have your professional profile updated from your first month at your new job, connect to peers and be present at meetups/seminars/workshops where new stuff about your field of work is discussed.

Ask your boss for feedback on how you perform at your job and talk about the issues you could resolve when they happen, not later on. 

Find out what your family and friends are working on and listen to their opinion on other professional subjects. Don’t shy away from finding out if your current wage is at a competitive level on the market. Ask your spouse/best friend/coach/mentor if he/she thinks you could do better in your profession.

Job search is just the outcome of dissatisfaction that slowly builds up in time. Opportunity doesn't land in your lap; you have to break the norm and stop being one of the hundred applicants for a flamboyant job ad.

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