Great worker = Great Job Seeker?

Do you believe that because you’re really good at your job,  you’re equally good at getting a job?

I have found that some people assume they are the same thing.  These are the people who are stunned, when becoming unemployed, to find that what used to work for them no longer applies.  Think about it:

  • I follow directions well,
  • I am courteous to my colleagues,
  • I represent the company well,
  • I write accurately and competently.

If you have received feedback like these statements in performance reviews, congratulations.  But these traits do not necessarily equip you to unearth new opportunities, make the most of what and whom you know, or to organize your time for daily activities of the job search.

Face it – the skills required to get the next job are unique, and mostly not taught in school.  It is possible to waste time and tears following the rules of “what has always worked before.”

Welcome to your new job.   You will have to report to your new job after breakfast, work throughout the day, allowing for the usual lunch and breaks, in order to be successful at this new (temporary!) work of finding a job.

  • You will have a boss (yourself),
  • there is a salary (growth and satisfaction),
  • there are benefits (your time is yours to manage, and you can occasionally escape),
  • the dress code is set by you.
  • you will catch up with old friends and colleagues (in fact, that’s part of the job),
  • you will manage your weight and fitness (mandatory!),
  • you will catch on your reading (don’t forget to post a review or two online),
  • you will put more time into your spiritual life, which can provide a framework for this challenging time,
  • you can surf the web,
  • you will have a budget to manage,
  • you can volunteer in the community (in fact, that should be mandatory as well) in something that interests you, furthers your skills, makes the world a better place.

This job is not so great that you want to stay here.  You may look at it as a stepping-stone to the next opportunity.  Meanwhile, you will make the most of those executive skills that will shorten the time spent in this temporary situation.

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2 Responses to “Great worker = Great Job Seeker?”

  1. Maureen Anderson Says:

    Several career consultants have told me we’re all self-employed, even if we work for other people. If you work for someone else, that might be your only client at the moment–but thinking this way reminds you that you’re in charge of you.

    The advice you give job hunters is sound advice for anyone, employed or no–though some of it will only apply to your so-called free time. Take the reference to a dress code. What you wear to the grocery store may, for better or worse, change how your boss–or a potential boss–feels about you!

    Great post, Anne!

  2. anneheadley Says:

    That is a good point about dressing while unemployed. I wouldn’t have thought of that.

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