What Does it Really Take to Get a Job?
Be your best you!
Many clients come to me for career coaching completely stressed out, so much so that they are frozen and not sure how to proceed. When I ask “Where are you getting stuck?” they almost always say it is about the (perceived) first step of the job search: completing their resume, writing a cover letter, or starting their LinkedIn profile.
This might be a shock, but my advice as a professional, credentialed career coach is to NOT write a resume and cover letter first. In fact, it is not advisable to work on your resume until you have collected all of your past employment information and decided on what job you want to apply for. Think about this: every resume you hand to someone needs to be tailored to THAT JOB you are applying for! and out a resume that is precise and direct about who you are and what you want to do. Do not leave it up to a hiring manager to pluck through your resume and figure out what job you want.
According to U.S. Unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median unemployment duration in May 2021 was 19.3 weeks, or about 5 months. Those rates might vary slightly from industry to industry, but what you need to know is this is a long process and you have to be patient. Some people with in-demand skills may get a job within a few days of looking while others might stay unemployed for several months without getting a job. People with ADHD tend to take the first job they are offered because it is hard to wait and at times stressful, discouraging and frustrating. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best job for them!
So, what does it really take to get a job - if a resume and cover letter are not the first step?
You need to really think about you, your future and how to be the best you!
What is REALLY IMPORTANT right now, when you are starting to get ready for the work ahead of you...is to understand the path to the top of the mountain and what it takes to get there - what tools you need, the amount of time it takes to find a job and the time to find a good fit for you! You need to find a job that helps you get motivated and out of bed in the morning!
What Does It Take To Be the Best YOU?
There are many things to think about during your job search, but what is most important is YOU and staying on top of your game during the entire process of finding a job.
A great place to start is with your transferable skills.
Here are my top 6 transferable skills that you may already have or that you can learn more about!
1. Resilience - The ability of a person to adjust to or recover readily from illness, adversity, major life changes.
2. Grit - Firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck. Angela Duckworth defines grit as “passion and sustained persistence toward long-term achievement, with no particular concern for rewards or recognition along the way. It combines resilience, ambition, and self-control in the pursuit of goals that take months, years, or even decades.” Executive Functioning deficits are part of this.
3. Tenacity - The quality of being tenacious or of holding fast, persistence. This is one of my favorite words which was used to describe me as a young adult graduating college and procuring a great job in a training program for a big company.
4. Patience - An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with a delay.
5. Attention to Details - Check and recheck everything: spelling, names, dates, addresses and experiences.
6. Strength - You need to be mentally and physically strong. Take care of yourself. Take walks, eat healthy meals, get a good night's sleep! You need to be at your #1 BEST during the job search process.
Before you start your job search, think about how you can improve your resilience, grit and tenacity. Maybe it is by getting out and walking more, exercising, reading books, utilizing a career coach, or being very focused on your goals.
Think about keeping a journal. Write down ways to keep going when the job search is causing too much stress.
Think about when you are working on your job search. Is it late at night, when your meds have worn down and you feel crappy and unfocused? You might also feel lower self-confidence, higher anxiety (heart beating?), and unhealthy negative thoughts about yourself and the process. Save the career work for when you feel great - after a walk, or as meds kick in, or when you are sitting outside.
THIS work is important and YOU need to be AT YOUR BEST.
Please share in the comments section: What is your best skill to help you succeed during the job search process? I want to know!