By: Jane Anderson
Got a difficult problem in your job search?
Say, a lack of networking contacts? Or trouble answering interview questions?
Well, you’ve got company. Problems in a job search are as common as mosquitoes in January.
But … have you ever written your problem down on a piece of paper?
I’ll bet you haven’t.
Because, when you write problems down, you take an immediate, huge leap towards solving them. Think about it: Every great invention or solution, from the atomic bomb to the Xbox, was first worked out on paper.
Why not solve your employment problems the same way?
Here’s a three-step method that will help you do it …
1) Start by asking the right questions Most folks put themselves behind the eight ball in their job search by asking questions that are depressing and demotivating.
Questions like, Why won’t anyone give me a job? or How do I network when I don’t know anyone?
Ack. Pass the happy pills.
Instead, start asking questions that motivate and inspire you.
Better questions to ask are:
* How could I give people a reason to call me with job leads? * How did my 10 closest friends find their current jobs? How could I brainstorm with them and use their methods in my job hunt? * What worked in my last job search? The job search before? How could I do that again?
Important: Ask questions that you yourself can solve. Never depend on the government, your school, parents, family — anyone else — to do this for you. Because, once you give up responsibility for solving problems with your job search (or anything else), you become a prisoner of outside forces.
When you ask the right questions, however, you’re halfway to the answer. So write down at least five empowering questions about your job search, right now.
Then, you’re ready for step two …
2) Brainstorm at least 20 possible answers After you write down five good questions, circle the one question that looks most promising. You’re going to use it to get hired faster.
Let’s say you write the following question down atop a clean sheet of paper:
How could I give people a reason to call me with job leads?
Write a number 1 below it. Write a possible answer next to that number. Then move on to number 2, 3 . and don’t stop until you have at least 20 answers to your question.
Not 15 or 19, but 20 answers — or more.
There’s a reason for this: Left to its own devices, your brain will pull a Homer Simpson after two minutes and try to talk you into going out for donuts or beer. Brains hate to think. Like bench pressing, thinking is strenuous work, no matter how good it may be for you.
But don’t let your head off the hook. Don’t stop until you get 20 possible solutions. Brainstorm as if your career depended on the outcome. Because it does.
Now. Most of your 20 answers won’t be very good — that’s OK. Your best answer may come right after the most hare-brained. By forcing yourself to write out 20 answers, you’re flushing the creative pipes while going deep into your subconscious mind to dredge up a winner.
|Jane Anderson is a Certified Career and Executive Coach based in Brisbane Australia. She has been featured as the “job Whisperer” on Today Tonight, in CLEO magazine and Brisbane Business News. She is the Director of Inside Out Training and Coaching who specialize in Career Coaching for Individuals and Employee Engagement and High Performance using the Science of Happiness at Work Program. She can be reached atwww.insideoutcoach.com.au
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