And Suddenly, it's September!

A job search can play tricks with the mind. In particular, it can distort your sense of time. Having decided to make a move or having been made redundant, there may be been a sense, at the beginning at least, that you have time. After all, you can rationalise that you are just at the beginning of your job search campaign. As a result, it is possible that the intensity of your engagement in your job search may not have been all that it could be. You may not want to come across as ‘needy’, which is fair enough.

However, as if in a flash, we are now in August and September is just around the corner. The summer holidays are upon us. London has emptied. Ascot, Henley, Wimbledon, The Open, the World Cup are all distant memories and you still have not found the right job for you.

So, while many people - including the decision makers - are away, it is now a great time to take stock and to create a fresh plan. Here are some ideas which might be helpful.

  • Review what you have done so far. Ask yourself what worked. Are there lessons to be learned? Is it possible to replicate what worked? This will enable you to model you own successes and let you see that some of your efforts have indeed moved you closer to your objectives.
  • What could have gone better? Without beating yourself up, try to learn from your mistakes so that you don't repeat them.
  • Get some metrics. Are there any lessons to be learned from reviewing the numbers around your key performance indicators? For example, how many firms did you do intense research into before contacting?
  • Clarity. How clear are you about the value that you have to offer potential firms? How good are you at articulating that value message face to face? How clear are you about what appetite the market has for your skills?
  • Is it time to take a different approach? Are there other fields that you find attractive which are likely to be better job hunting grounds? Maybe it's time to explore further education or training to gain additional qualifications which will be required in a new area of endeavor.
  • Create a plan. Knowing that business will jump back into full swing in mid-September, create a series of realistic and achievable objectives for the period mid-September to mid-December.
  • Have a Daily Method of Operation (DMO). A DMO is a very useful tool to ensure that the basics get done. One action in your DMO may be simply checking a specific number of websites to see if they have posted any job opportunities, for example. It also helps if you put a time structure around your DMO. Set a time to start and a time to stop. Work a full day.
  • Accountability. Having someone, perhaps another job seeker or a coach, who you check-in with every week or two weeks will ensure that you are working to well-defined and tight deadlines. This person will not only hold you to account, but it’s also great to know that you are not alone and that there is someone else on your side. This prevents "task drift" and will ensure that your work rate and level of intensity is sufficient to produce results.

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