A few days ago, a new client came to my office for career management help. According to his story, he has been out of work since January 2015 and indicated that he was at a complete loss as to what to do next. Everything he had tried, so far, had not worked for him. A friend suggested several times that he seek career help, though by his own admission, “I just didn’t think it would be worth it. And the only reason I am here today is out of sheer desperation.” When I asked him why he thought his job search was not working, he gave me a lengthy list of reasons which he encouraged me to share with others who might be in a similar situation.
Reasons My Job Search Is Not Working:
1. My resume has generated very few interviews yet everybody tells me how good it is.
2. I am not confident in talking about myself – what do they want to know, anyway?
3. I get very anxious in telling a stranger why I have been out of work for so long.
4. I do not know a price tag for a person like myself and my negotiation skills are rusty.
5. I don’t know how job search works anymore.
6. I spend the bulk of my time on the computer with no luck.
7. I have a hard time motivating myself to meet people and do the networking thing.
8. I feel disconnected and out of it – everyone is busy at their jobs except for me.
9. I find myself easily distracted and doing other things – laundry, housework, grocery shopping, and running the kids around, instead of looking for a job.
10. My job search is haphazard, disorganized and overwhelming.
11. I have no idea what to do next; I am at a loss at to what type of job to pursue.
12. I find today’s job search frustrating and therefore, I take no action. When I looked for a job a few years ago, I found one in a couple of weeks – it was so easy then.
13. My friends and family are well-intentioned, though I now think that what they are telling me isn’t accurate.
14. I have refused to get help because I don’t want to spend the money – I am very skeptical of people like you.
15. I thought I could do this on my own – I’m intelligent, educated and have an outstanding work record. And here I am, almost eight months later, talking to you.
If you are looking for a job in today’s highly competitive market, get help immediately. Do not let month after month slide by, continuing to “go nowhere fast” (client’s words). Get help now from a career management professional. If it means that you have to pay the professional a few bucks, so be it. In the long run, you will be making money and saving money the sooner you get back to work! The small investment you make to get competent career help may be the best money you ever spent. Just now, I googled “career management professional.” According to the search results, there are 51,200,000 of us on the Internet. Surely, one of us can help you today, 2015 Job Seeker, not eight months from now. When our session concluded, the new client stood up, shook my hand and offered “Really sucks for me that I waited eight months to get help – had no idea people like you existed.” Yep, we do!