C – Commitment and Courage
As Will Rogers, the legendary American humorist and writer used to say, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you sit there.” So, commit to act – not rashly, but with reasoned forethought and personal courage. If you are stuck in the "paralysis of analysis" mode in your job search (a common condition for job seekers), commit to at least ONE action you can take today to visibly advance your job search...and then do one more thing the next day and the next and so on.
For example, research companies of interest and the hiring authorities for your targeted job title or job function within those organizations. Use your network, both offline and online (such as LinkedIn), to connect with current or former employees, suppliers and vendors, customers, and professional colleagues in those companies for information, advice, job leads, and referrals.
While you may have a resume that needs some serious updating and revamping to showcase your successes, strengths, and value-added assets (highlighted in Job Search Success: Part 2), do not delay your job search by “tweaking” your resume a bazillion times. If you are aiming for perfection, that’s plain and simple procrastination in disguise!
Yes, you will want to customize your resume for the specific job you are targeting, and you may have multiple targets. But how many variations do you really need? If your job search targets are all over the place and vary day to day depending on your mood and who you have spoken with, you may want to get professional help in clarifying a career focus for your job search. That will make your job search easier and more productive. If you need assistance in crafting an updated, professional resume that really sells your assets and potential for success, consider a certified professional resume writer who is also a certified personal branding strategist. You will need both sets of expertise brought to bear to create a self-marketing document that sizzles.
Does it take personal courage to go out there and take meaningful and effective job search action every day? You bet! The bottom-line is this: YOU have to be the hero of your own job search journey – you will not be rescued by someone else. Muster the courage to act, despite your fear and vulnerability. Learn from your mistakes and learn optimism (see Job Search Success: Part 1). Fine-tune your job search strategies, research, and communication tactics through doing, rather than playing it safe. Get inspired to make 2009 your best year ever. Commit with Courage to a New Year of job search success!