What would you do if you ran out of gas on a lonely, deserted road? Would you sit and wait with your blinkers flashing in the black of night? Would you put up flares in the road hoping that some random passer-by might stop to help? Do you crack the window, lock the doors and pray that a police car will drive by? Or, do you take your life into your own hands and figure out a way to get out of there fast? When the road is filled with obstacles and choices that might not always appear correct, will you be the one to sit it out or get out of the car and create your own opportunity.
When it comes to your job search, it’s not enough for you to post, pray and wait for an email suggesting you click on a link and upload your resume to a company career site where a corporate recruiter may call you for an interview for a job you might not really want. It’s time for you to create your “job-opportunity” and reach for the phone and start dialing for deliverance. You need to find a way to help others help you. You can start by creating an easy way for people who are in positions to help you know what you are looking for and what you really want. Just because you may be unemployed and your bills are piling up and okay, maybe you are feeling a bit desperate, does not mean you should sell yourself short. Consider how you can create an opportunity where one might not readily exist.
What the job seeker often fails to think about is who is sitting on the other side of the interview desk and how that person might be in a position to help. Just because there isn’t a job requisition with your name on it does not mean there isn’t a job that’s right for you in the company you want to work for. CREATE your opportunity-don’t be afraid to consider options that the recruiter may not have already thought of. No one knows what you want better than you do. DESIGN your next job by helping others think about where you might be a good fit even if there is not an exact job opening. INVENT your opportunity by asking questions about new businesses, areas of interest and growth in the company and quickly think on your feet by seeing where your skills might be a good fit. BELIEVE you are able to create, design and invent your job-opportunity even if one is not staring you in the face.
Having the ability to think creatively about yourself and be flexible about where a company might benefit from having you on their staff is the first step to not feeling trapped in a car waiting for someone to bail you out. When you know that you are in charge of your career and take charge of your career, you eliminate the fear of waiting for the job to find you. In this market, you could be waiting a very long time.
Remember, it’s not enough to put up the flares, signal for help and pray that someone will find you in the crowd of thousands and KNOW that you are the perfect candidate. Sometimes it’s up to you to figure that out for the recruiter, hiring manager or prospective employer before someone who is a bit more creative than you beats you to the punch. Don’t wait for highway patrol to find you. Make every effort to be seen and get the help you need to create your next job-opportunity before someone else offers you the kind of help you may not want or need. Think the movie, “The Hitchhiker!”
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