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ReadySet HIRED! is an online monthly newsletter which features advice, guidance, and answers for individuals who are actively searching in the marketplace for employment.
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Welcome to ReadySet HIRED! Last month, we launched ReadySet HIRED! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job, a free guide designed to take you step by step through the job search process, from getting started right through to beginning your new job. For the rest of the year, our monthly newsletters will feature articles on each of these individual steps, along with motivational tips and advice from the Coach's Corner. You'll meet Lois and Peter, who have different backgrounds, skills and strengths but share one thing in common: they're both looking for a job. We'll be following their job search progress, capitalizing on their strengths and learning from their mistakes along the way. This month, Lois and Peter are just getting started. Stay tuned - next month they'll be working on their resumes and cover letters. Don't forget to download our free guide for 101 tips to get you ReadySet HIRED!
Getting Started in Your Job Search
Meet Lois and Peter. Lois recently quit her job as an Account Manager for a Marketing Promotions company, and wants to move into a more creative marketing role. She's eager to start pounding the proverbial pavement. Peter has been working at the same company for five years as an Account Executive at a Business Services company. Despite his success, he's unsatisfied in his role and feels like he's stuck in a rut. Both Lois and Peter are about to get started in their search for a much needed new job.
Lois is up to the challenge. Her positive attitude keeps her motivated and focused on the task of finding a job. She wakes up in the morning knowing that the actions she's about to take will bring her closer to what she really wants. Sure, she's not thrilled about being unemployed - but she knows this is only a temporary situation, and she's about to make it change. Peter, on the other hand, is downright negative. He complains constantly about his job, and blames his boss and his colleagues for making his work life miserable. As much as he wants out of his current situation, he wakes up in the morning, drags himself to a job he hates, wishing his circumstances were different but not believing things will ever change for him.

Now, Lois may have a great attitude and the best intentions, but she's frightfully disorganized. None of her documents are in order - she thinks she lost all of her electronic documents when her hard drive crashed, and she might have lined her gerbil cage with the only hard copy version of her resume. Peter, however, has always been a bit of a neat freak, having all of his documents well preserved, organized and easily accessible both electronically and in paper format. In fact, he often goes through all of his documents (including resumes, transcripts, certificates and reference letters), asking himself why, with all of these credentials, can he not seem to get ahead in his career.

Lois may not be able to find her stuff, but she does seem to have found herself. She is remarkably self aware, and open to input from a variety of sources to determine who she really is. Career assessments and coaching have helped her identify her skills and obstacles, allowing her to focus her efforts on areas of strength and interest. And then there's Peter, who still doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up. He's defensive, always taking the observations and advice of others as criticism. He regularly engages in self-reflection, but only to remind himself that he is unhappy an unsatisfied.

Despite their different attitudes and personalities, Lois and Peter have at least one thing in common: they both want to find a new job. And, they both have started to create a plan. Lois may not be naturally organized, but she's taking the right steps - and her coach's advice - by writing down everything she needs to do as part of her job search. Peter's been working on his plan for years, often revising it or scrapping it and starting from scratch.

Lois may not have the perfect plan, but she has set out some specific and relevant objectives that she knows she can achieve. She's put realistic stakes in the ground to help her measure her progress along the way. Lois is ready to take action. Peter, on the other hand, is perpetually stuck in planning mode. His objectives are unclear and his timelines are unrealistic. He has "analysis paralysis", in which his constant revision and detailing prevents him from taking any action on his plan.

What can we learn from Lois and Peter about getting started? Here's a summary:

  • Cultivate a positive attitude. Attitude is everything, and genuine enthusiasm and a positive disposition go a long way in demonstrating to potential employers that you are serious about working for their company.

  • Get organized. Ensure you have all of your documents and information organized and accessible. Being organized doesn't come naturally to everyone, but all it takes is some action and discipline to get you started and keep you on track.

  • Get to know yourself. Asking yourself the right questions, being open to the input of others, and doing some research into your areas of interest will help you get to know yourself and identify what job choices are right for you.

  • Make a plan. Map out a course of action that you can track. Setting objectives and putting some stakes in the ground will help keep you focused and moving forward. Be flexible, but don't over-analyze and over-plan.

  • Take action. Get started RIGHT NOW by taking small steps toward your goal. Pace your actions so that you don't get burnt out or overwhelmed. Anticipate setbacks along the way, but don't get discouraged - persist!

In our upcoming newsletters, we'll continue to follow Lois and Peter throughout their job search. Maybe you'll recognize yourself in one of them, and maybe you'll learn something along the way. For more tips to help you with your job search, including getting started, download ReadySet HIRED! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job. It's free!
Enjoy your job search. Our Career Centre section has great tips on career planning, resume writing, and interviewing. HAVE FUN!
You're likely to encounter setbacks and disappointments during your job search, but take them for what they are and don’t let them grind all your efforts to a halt. Persist, and you will see things change. Persist, and you will make things happen. Some people seem to have a natural determination about them that keeps them focused and on track. You may not feel you're wired this way - but the good news is that persistence can be learned. Persistence is an act of self-discipline. It's a skill that gets better with practice. If you find that a certain method is not helping you achieve your objectives, then don't simply give up. Find an alternative method, and persist. If you're not persisting, you're giving up. If you feel like quitting, visualize what success would feel like. Remind yourself of your goals, and persist!
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"Don't agonize. Organize."
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“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.”
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- Will Rogers
ReadySet HIRED! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job
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