Last week, I shared about two of my clients who are in similar positions: one who’s seeking a new job and the other who’s looking for a full career change. I gave my number-one tip around making progress when you’re searching for a new job.
We all know how tough it can be to feel like you’re truly moving forward in the pursuit of a new position. Every day that you don’t get the offer, it feels like failure over and over again.
Both of my clients had been dealing with the frustration and exhaustion associated with this experience. So, in this week’s video, I wanted to build on that idea of celebrating progress while on a job hunt.
When we’re looking for a new job, there’s so much that is out of our control... When the job’s posted. Which people apply. How many are interviewed. Who gets the final offer.
Even though we might know we’re perfect for this role, and this role is perfect for us. But the powers that be who get to decide could ultimately disagree, leaving us questioning, doubtful and insecure.
When so much is out of our control, the best thing to do is find the things you DO have control over. Pick one of those and exercise that control every week. By doing one thing a week toward your goal, you’ll slowly, yet consistently, build progress and momentum.
You’ll feel productive and proactive, empowering you to continue working toward that next position.
I did this when I made my big switch from event planning, my safe place, to a job in marketing that I really had no experience in or education to back up. Some days, going for the new position felt daunting. I knew I had so much to do, and sometimes I’d start a week promising myself I’d accomplish 10 things toward my goal.
And then I wouldn’t know where to start. I would get overwhelmed, try to do them all at once and ultimately not achieve any of them. Starting small--one thing a week--allows you to feed that progress regularly and build a growing momentum.
Before you know it, you’ll be inspired some weeks to knock out two, three or even up to five items toward your goal! Even when this happens, when inspiration strikes or time management goes your way, maintain the goal of just one thing the next week.
By achieving some tangible, steady progress during your job search, you’ll feel a sense of control. We have to be willing to start slowly and build that momentum for it to ever speed up. When you finally get that job you’ve so yearned for, you’ll feel proud that you put in the work and kept moving toward your goal, one step at a time.
If you’re in the middle of a career change, give this a try for a few weeks. I’d love to hear about your experience.