Sometimes, job search can seem endless and sometimes people feel stuck – as though they keep doing the same thing over and over without the result they want. What to do?
While I firmly believe that if you are doing everything right in job search, it’s a question of “when,” not “if,” you land your “right fit” job, I also am a big believer in shaking things up when you feel stuck. Here’s a very simple (though not necessarily easy) method to recharge and refresh your job search:
Restart your job search plan with a personal SWOT analysis.
I’m an inveterate planner. It’s one of the best skills I learned through my decades in the non-profit sector. I planned everything: programs, hiring processes, budgets, and organizational strategic direction.
Weaknesses: What am I not so great at? What don’t I like doing? What do I wish someone else could take care of for me? How’s my attitude? How’s my support system?
Opportunities: What exists in the outside world that could help me realize my dreams and achieve my goals? Who do I know? What kind of information is out there for me to gather? What networks could I join? Are there opportunities for me to develop my skills, to discover my talents, to build my confidence, to feel more hopeful and positive? What can I do to give value to others, to be of service? Am I willing to leave no stone unturned in my quest? Is there any idea or dream in the back of my mind that I dismissed as being unrealistic?
Threats: Are there things in the external environment that could upset my plans or hopes? Have I put too much emphasis on one or two options? Do I know as much as I can about myself and my abilities? Do I have ideas and negative thoughts that could trip me up?
The point is to identify those attributes, beliefs, thoughts, behaviors, and attitudes that I can