Setting goals is as much an art as a science. If you are creating major changes in your life or career, here are 4 goal categories which can help you stay sane and on track! This series of 4 articles examines OG, PB, DUMB and SMART goals and when you should use them. Today it is the turn of DUMB goals.
Contact hiring managers to ask questions by phone or in person. Or try contacting someone in a department of interest and see if they’ll chat with you for 10 minutes about what it’s like to work there.
When job searching, consider hiring a icf australia, resume writer or interview coach. If you cannot afford professional coaching, locate free job seeker classes at your local library. If laid off, research to see if your former company provides an outsourcing career service.
So that brings us back to my challenge. Like most anyone, I need health benefits and it helps to have a baseline income to weather business fluctuations. I could, and have, applied for a variety of positions related to the employment field. But nothing so far has been a real fit for both my experience and ideal job criteria. So, I am going to create my own dream job in the next 30 days.
#1 Have A Plan: In the job search as in home improvement, you need a plan. You can’t just buy a bunch of supplies and get to work. You have to plan out the project and lay the foundation. The same goes for the job search. Once you’ve determined the job you want, you have to decide how you’re going to find that job. If you aren’t finding enough leads, you have to figure out how to get more or better leads. If you’re getting interviews, but not getting the right offers, you might need to fine tune your interviewing skills. Put your efforts where they will be most effective based on what needs to be done. For example, don’t waste time tweaking your resume and scouring job listing sites, if what you really need is interview preparation.
Dress professionally during a job search. Business casual has made the interview dress code a bit of a minefield but the basic idea is to dress in clean, tailored clothing that doesn’t show wear and tear. Your wardrobe selection reveals how much you care about yourself, the position and the company. Do you homework and contact the company receptionist, knowledgeable colleagues, and/or the human resource department for the interview dress code policy.
In my effort to reply to this I noticed that I struggled to get my point across or at least to make a point that encompassed this challenge for all levels of job seekers (entry level to mid management). Finally it hit me…the question is answered by simply informing the job seeker to always prepare for upcoming interviews. You have to pre-plan, prepare, do your homework…whatever you want to call it but you have to take control of the interview by expecting this scenario to play out and having a plan of action.
Go volunteer! While you are waiting for the responses to your job submissions, find ways to help others this time of year. The holidays highlight the plight of so many who are worse off than the rest of us and there are many ways you can help directly by volunteering your time. Whether at the local food bank, homeless shelter, hospice or senior center, the gift of yourself and your caring are invaluable gifts you can make.