If you currently have a job, but may be searching for something new, different or better, of course, you must commit yourself to doing the best job possible in your current role. Great performance opens many doors. But by adopting a bit of a radical mind shift, and realizing that all jobs are temporary, you will position yourself to remain alert and optimize your efforts toward obtaining a recommendation or referral when you need one. In essence, in today’s job market, you will want to position yourself in a constant state of readiness to look for another job at a moment’s notice.
Taking this stance can help you avoid being caught off guard with no safety net or Plan B should your employment situation change unexpectedly. It also will make you less likely to knee-jerk and immediately write off opportunities that may arise over the years. As the saying goes, “The best time to look for a new job is when you already have one.” Just because you’re relatively happy in your present job doesn’t mean that there might not be something better out there. From a practical standpoint, it’s wise never to become overly comfortable in what may become your “temporary” position. Always have a Plan B that you can activate quickly.
Be sure you have two items in top shape and ready to go at all times-your attitude and your resume.
When you are first launching your job-search campaign, take a page out of the military playbook by thinking through your strategy and related tactics. Almost all successful projects are well planned. Sure, there are stories about someone’s best friend who got a job by slow dancing with an HR recruiter at a wedding, but these are flukes and not sustainable strategies in the long term.
Most people will spend more hours of their lives in their place of employment than at home with their loved ones, so you really want to think through your job and career.
Don’t wing it. Make sure you have a strategy BEFORE you start sending out resumes.
In the field of marketing, strategy consists of two components: targeting and positioning. When it comes to marketing yourself,
is the process of deciding which fields you want to consider and which organizations you want to approach for a job.
refers to how you want to present yourself in order to maximize the opportunities of being hired by your target organizations.
are the actions, activities, and tasks that you must perform in order to achieve your strategic objectives. In this case, that means finding the job that you want. Here are some examples of tactics you may employ:
Likewise, here are some strategic questions you must consider before beginning your job search:
Knowing the answers to questions like these before you start looking for a position will help save you time, money, and energy during your job search. Take the time to think through your strategies and tactics at the start of your job search, and you’ll save yourself a great deal of frustration along the way.
Although it’s a trite expression, remember that cliches often stick around because of their simple truth: Remember that those who fail don’t actually plan to fail-they simply fail to plan. Hence, adopting a new approach to job search as an ongoing exercise, will help you to be ready for any changes within your organization–as well as any changes you are ready to make.