Job Hunting – If only Albert Einstein was alive today
I wish Albert Einstein was still alive today as I know most jobseekers would listen to him. As much as I try to inspire creativity and invention in job search I fear that many jobseekers gravitate back to the same routine, tasks and approach. This is insanity but you don’t have to believe me. According to our friend Mr Albert Einstein insanity is defined as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Unfortunately most jobseekers define insanity as moving out of our comfort zones and trying something different, creative or god forbid even risky.
Your results never lie….
To release the brakes on the wheels of change you must be honest with yourself and accept what is not working. You have to realise that you are not helping the situation by burying your head in the sand. If you have taken previous advice you should be recording your job search activity so your results should be obvious. It is clear what is not working so accept your results and let this feedback drive change.
So how do I change Paul?
Since we are on the topic of change let me offer you a different approach. Start talking to successful business people, company owners and entrepreneurs. This will offer a different perspective but an important one – remember these people implement many relevant strategies on a daily basis. These people embrace change, they are open to new ideas and they take risks. You have to realise that job hunting is all about sales and marketing especially in this tough job market. It’s about understanding your product, identifying opportunities and targeting these opportunities. It’s about creativity, visibility and differentiation from competitors. Business people are experts in these principles. I always maintain that 10 years running my own businesses delivers as much value to jobseekers as my knowledge about job hunting and the job market.
The traffic lights have just turned green – GO!
If you are not getting positive results in your job search then there is no risk trying something new – you don’t have anything to lose. If you try something different and mess up you are no worse off because you never had the job and you still don’t have it. I would rather look like a fool trying something new to get different results. In a weird way I take comfort when I mess up or make mistakes as it means that I am trying, taking risks and out of my comfort zone. So remember Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity – “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.