Too many times, we fall victim to distractions from the job search. The trap of sleeping late, watching TV, and playing on the Web can ensnare us. Or maybe it’s lack of, or too much directions and guidance. With no one but ourselves to hold us accountable for our job-search goals and plans, time can just slip away.
It’s so easy to lose balance between personal needs and wants and our job search. I have seen many job seekers flounder because they launch their search efforts before they are totally prepared for the unique adventure ahead.
We’ll be taking a bit of a ho–Ho–HOLIDAZE Break ’til the New Year… However, Bob will make himself available to newly formed ACCOUNTABILITY Pairings, to help get you started on a productive path… just call to schedule!
So the next scheduled session will be Thursday, January 4th…Turning Opportunities into INTERVIEWS… How to network your way around and into a target organization
A good accountability partner can make a major difference in one’s job search. The power of partnering comes in to play when two well prepared job seekers come together to hold each other accountable for the activities and time management involved in productive search efforts.
You can call this coincidence if you want, I did for a while until I saw it happening over and over, and the people using the accountability partner were giving them the credit for their success. Or you could call it peer pressure … but whatever you call the ‘fuel.’ The resultant energy cannot be denied… it works.
Accountable To WHAT?
When we are employed, we work toward Company standards and goals… our daily duties and responsibilities become our working routine. But, when we are unemployed job-seekers we don’t have that sort of structure that brings us anticipated RESULTS.
Every Step of our 12-Step Process can be expressed as either a time commitment or an activity during our search efforts. If we measure our “performance” against our time management and activity goals, we can give ourselves a sense of purpose and direction
The other end of the spectrum is becoming a “job search-aholic.” For many of us, our identity is tied up tightly in our career, while others need a job right away just to make ends meet. No matter how great the need or desire for a new position, conducting a job search 24/7 non-stop can actually be a detriment to a successful campaign.
Once burnout sets in and enthusiasm begins to wane, how can you be at your best when you interview or even network? The buddy system is an ideal way to protect against burnout while keeping on track!