With thousands of layoffs being announced daily, many job seekers find they are vying for the same jobs as other candidates and the odds are not stacked in their favor. It’s no wonder then that luck – “being in the right place at the right time”, “it’s who you know not what you know” – is often associated with landing a job. In Part 4 of the of Job Search L-U-C-K series, the final precursor to job search luck, comprised of two elements that complement each other, are revealed.
K – KEEP Focused & Flexible
Keep Focused - to reach your goals.
What are your career goals? How do they mesh with your life goals? Have you defined what your Focus – career / job / industry target - is for your job search, or are do you feel like you are wandering aimlessly through a desert without water or a map? Are your career goals in sync with who you really are, and with your personal brand identity? These are critical questions to address and answer, so the path to your future career can be clear and actionable.
SMART Goals for Your New Year’s Resolutions details the SMART formula for structuring your goals. If you seriously intend to reach your goals, accountability matters. Goals need to be written out and posted where you can see and act on them every day. Use the SMART formula to create a branded action plan that reflects your personal branding attributes, strengths, and skills in what you do and how you do it to attain your goals.
“Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it's who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment.”-- Anthony Robbins (American motivational Speaker and Advisor to business and government leaders)
Keep Flexible – to weather the storms and grasp the opportunities of change.
While establishing and acting on goals via a branded action plan can organize job search activities and define benchmarks to keep you on the path to your goals, beware of becoming rigid in your mindset.
“The boldness of asking deep questions may require unforeseen flexibility if we are to accept the answers.”--Brian Greene, American Physicist and Author
Be open to new questions, information, and opportunities that may positively alter your goals and plans. In fact, seek out those questions and cutting-edge information, for if you can be ahead of your competition in identifying potential job and industry trends, you will have the advantage to act swiftly.
Flexibility and adaptability will serve you well in this ever-changing globally interconnected world. For example, you may want to consider employment in other industries and occupations that use your transferable skills and existing training or that require you to acquire new training. In Career Transition Tips for Gazelles Who Want to Be Zebras, 3 strategies with accompanying specific actions are described to assist you in making such a transition.
“If you cannot catch fish, catch shrimps.”—Chinese proverb
Catch shrimps and create your own job search luck!
For those who may have missed the beginning of the Job Search L-U-C-K series, here are the links:
Job Search Success: Part 1 – Learning
Job Search Success: Part 2 - Understanding
Job Search Success: Part 3 – Commitment and Courage