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Searching For A Job: Avoiders or Gatherers

Searching For A Job: Avoiders or Gatherers

  • Overwhelmed by feelings of fear or confusion, avoiders often shut down entirely: “I don’t know where to start so I’m going to do nothing.”
  • Gatherers, on the other hand, respond to those same emotions with feverish action: “I have no idea what I want to do so I’m casting a wide net,” or, “I hate my current job, so I’ll apply to everything.”

Neither mindset is going to lead you to a successful outcome. In the case of avoiders, idleness does not result in job offers. For gatherers, a lack of clear direction leaves you wandering in many directions.

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The Career and Personal Manifesto

The manifesto includes three steps:

  • Evaluate: find job opportunities that match your needs and goals.
  • Engage: take action and start reaching out to people in your network.
  • Execute:  work with the contacts you have made in the step above to identify a few opportunities that are a good fit for you and the next stage of your career. 

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Finding Job Opportunities That Match Your Needs And Goals

Consider the six categories below:

  • Environment: What kinds of environments, management styles, and ways of working do you thrive in?
  • Role: What kind of roles and prospects for growth are you looking for?
  • Compensation: What’s the minimum compensation you will accept and what’s your ideal range?
  • Skills Acquisition: What skills and competencies does your resume currently demonstrate?
  • Career Narrative: How does your resume position you in the hiring market?
  • On the Horizon: Is there a meaningful and realistic step you can take within the next 18 months based on your answers?

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Reach Out to People In Your Network

Discussions are a natural part of the job-hunting process, but you want to segment the people you engage with into two categories:

  • Thought Partners: People who can weigh in on your thinking and path forward (mentors, alumni networks, former managers and colleagues, etc.)
  • Opportunity Sourcers: People who can help you identify open opportunities.

The best people to reach out to for advice are people you a) admire, b) have demonstrated skills and personal attributes you would like to gain, or c) are doing what you want (or think you want) to be doing. 

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The Opportunities Prioritization Matrix

The matrix has four quadrants of priority:

  • Focus Here: Opportunities in this quadrant are your “dream jobs.” They meet the two most important criteria you have identified so you should invest the most time pursuing these.
  • Waste of Time: Opportunities in this quadrant rank low for your most important criteria. They may not even be worth applying to
  • Be Mindful of Time Invested: These roles match your most important criteria but not the second.
  • Distractions: You’ll come across interesting opportunities that do not satisfy your most important criteria. Try not to spend time applying to them.

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