The Magic of Basics

Can you help me find a job?

My name isn’t Google, but I get this question about 100 times a week.

Most people pay no attention to career management. I’ve maintained, all through, that finding a job is a full-time job. So is managing your career.

You don’t land a great job by accident. It’s a recipe – there are certain ingredients and they need to go in a certain order, and they need a certain amount of time, in order to develop into an appetizing meal.

In other words, there is a certain structure and architecture to a job search. If you’ve never put any thought into planning your job search, this article is a good starting point.

There are 3 basic tools you need to acquire (in order to be successful at your job search):

1. A Positive Mindset:

Your mindset charts your success. A positive mindset brings positive results. Plus, you need physical energy to sustain a job search – there are times when the search will be extremely demanding, and the results won’t be visible on the horizon – without a positive mindset you’ll be temped to throw in the towel.

A positive mindset comes from practice (training) and the right social circle. Just as you don’t become healthy by eating good food for a day, you don’t become a positive person by thinking positive thoughts for a day. You need sustained practice – you need a daily ritual and you need the company of positive people.

One of the most effective ways to nurture a positive mindset is to count your blessings for 1 minute multiple times during the day – feed your brain with positivity on a daily basis and you’ll turn into a positive person. Gratitude is a subject that has been extensively researched and it has been proven that people who take the time to pause and be grateful…thrive. When you practice Gratitude, it’s pretty much a given that your job search will become easier.

2. A Strong Resume:

A strong resume is fundamental to a successful job search. The resume is your sales letter. It’s the first-step in the process. You may be talented, but what good is your talent if you’re unable to get an interview with the company of your choice.

Your resume needs to demonstrate value. Put some thought into the expectations of the company – what are they really looking for? Very often, the answer is in the job description. A good job description highlights the technical / functional aspects, and the behavioural demands of the job. In many ways, your resume should mirror the job description. It amuses me (and sometimes irks me) when people send the same resume for 3 different opportunities. And then they wonder why no one calls them back.

3. Your System:

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again – your job search is a job in itself. It demands your attention because a job search is demanding.

Treating your job search shabbily, such as by working on it occasionally, will lead to abysmal results. For good results, you need to commit at least 15 minutes a day on a regular basis.

A system ensures that you have a clear plan of action. Every day, for 15 minutes, you move your job search forward by an inch. And inch by inch, it’s a cinch. Over time, two amazing things happen: 1. You find your dream job, and 2. You build a habit that stays with you for a lifetime.

Once you’re able to devote just 15 minutes a day to improving your career, you’ll never run out of good opportunities.

Take a minute to answer these questions:

  • Do you have a positive mind-set? Do you practice Gratitude? If not, what’s stopping you? Companies are attracted to people who are generally positive and upbeat about life — your positive attitude , or the lack of it, is evident over the phone and in personal interviews.

  • Do you have a strong resume that can get you a foot in the door? If not, what can you do today to build a strong resume that reflects your value and speaks the language of the resume reader?

  • Is there a system, a method to your job search? Or are you simply sending your resume to 100 recruiters hoping for a response?

In most cases, these 3 basic elements are all you need to find a great job. The magic, after all, is in the basics.

Have you faced problems in your job search? What were some of the most troublesome issues? Leave your comment below.