2014 is now fully underway, and if you’re out of work or unsatisfied with your job, it’s time to get moving. No more excuses, dead ends, or wasted effort. It’s time to set clear goals and tackle the challenges of the job search head on. It’s also time to stop living in fear. Even as the economy recovers, the average search still drags on for about eight months, and the average job seeker is held back by several well-known enemies of job search success, including these.
Fear of Risk
If you comb through every sentence of your resume and cover letter a thousand times, searching for any possible way to polish your grammar or elevate your message, that’s great. But if you only submit your application to jobs that are easily within your reach, that’s not so great. And it’s also not great to toil away at a job you don’t love, waiting for your manager to hand you a promotion or an opportunity that never comes.
Aim for the job you want, even if you may be missing one or two of the qualifications in the post. Reach out boldly to second- and third-degree network contacts. Directly request the things you need. It’s okay to say no thanks. It’s okay to ask for more. It’s okay to follow up, even if you sound “pushy.” And it’s okay to share a bit of your true personality in your resume and cover letter. Most important, it’s okay to face rejection and stare it down. Sometimes the best path around a daunting challenge is right through it.
Fear of Change
Your current job may be taking years off of your life, but each time you think about leaving, you find yourself buckling down and settling instead. You keep soothing yourself with statements like these: “Well, at least I HAVE a job, and some people don’t, so I should feel lucky”, and “I should be grateful to my boss—I’m not being paid what I’m worth, but at least I’m being paid SOMETHING,” and “if I leave this place and my next position doesn’t work out, what then?”
These questions might make you feel better…for a little while. But they’re like a glass of warm milk. Eventually, the effects wear off. Stop looking for temporary fixes and get moving.
Fear of Compromise & Negotiation
You may have to move to accept the job you really want. You may have to sit down at the negotiating table and play hardball. You may have to accept a salary that’s a few dollars less than your ideal. And you may have to extend yourself a little bit to make it over the highest job search hurdles. But you can do it! Especially if you have a strong social and professional support network backing you up (which you do, whether you realize it or not).
Lack of Information
The average job seeker may be caught in a web of fear and misinformation…but you’re not the average job seeker. You know what you want, so make this the year that you go out there and get it. Here at LiveCareer, we’re behind you all the way. Download our new e-book, ” How to Get a Job In 2014 ,” and find the information and tools you need to reach your goals. Do you know which cities offer the best opportunities in your industry? Do you how to create a resume summary that can grab an employer’s attention and throw your competition into the shade? Find answers to these questions and more, then start drafting your resume, leveraging your network, and taking your career to the next level.