Watching the news today, CBS This Morning had a segment with Brian Kelly talking about U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Colleges. Mr. Kelly’s language to describe what goes into the rankings: “a whole basket of things” caught my attention.
My mind immediately turned to job seekers.
I wonder, do you as a job seeker use “a whole basket of things” to make decisions about your job search?
As a job seeker, what tools, resources, systems, and practices do you use to decide about your future?
If you put a name to each of the elements in your job search basket, what would be on your list?
Here are a few additional things to add to your job search basket, if you haven’t already done so:
- Transferable Skills – name at least five of them. Then, prepare at least three written examples for each skill named to convince yourself first (and a stranger later) that you know what you are talking about.
- Employee Qualities – what five interesting words best describe you in support of the job you aspire to do?
- The names of 21 companies where you could go shopping for a job. If those 21 do not work out, keep modifying your list until something works.
- The names of people who are on your Career Transition Management Team. If you have not set up such a team, create one and add to your basket of things.
- Time – the number of minutes you spend on your job search each day. If you don’t know with certainty the amount of time you invest in daily job search tasks, time it and track it.
- Motivation – what are three specific tools you are using to motivate yourself on a consistent basis?
- Attitude – how are you using your attitude to your advantage during your job search?
- Excellence – on a scale of 1 to 10, with one being poor and 10 being superior, what number best exemplifies your commitment to excellence on a daily basis?
- Stuckness – if one of the things in your basket is “I’m stuck” or “getting unstuck,” perhaps there is no better time than now to reach out for help.
- Respect for yourself, and the many gifts, talents and abilities you have to share with the world.