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Job hunting can be an incredibly frustrating process. You’ve brushed up your résumé, written a solid cover letter, and been applying to roles that seem darn near tailor made for you…
But when your phone is silent and inbox remains empty…
It can be tempting to ask “What’s wrong with me?”
But I’ve got good news.
There’s nothing wrong with YOU. Taking control of your career and winning the right job is serious business. Throughout my career as a manager, hiring manager, and mentor, I have met thousands of job seekers, all of whom fit into three clear categories:
It’s obvious the optimal category to be in is “Seriously Committed Job Hunter.” Why? Well, the truth is the job market has changed. Carefully worded cover letters and a strong résumé aren’t enough to get attention anymore – no matter how relevant your experience might be!
You need the best skills and to execute every step of the job hunting process brilliantly. Job searching isn’t an application process, it’s a hunt in the truest sense of the word – and you need to be patient, prepared, and hungry.
There are no shortcuts to finding the right role. You’ll need to carve time out of your day to speed up the quest and stay committed to the process.
Where do you start?
Making the shift into the Seriously Committed category can be frustrating, especially when you feel as though your skills are out of date or something you’ve been doing is just NOT working.
As with any goal, your odds of success improve exponentially when you invest time to not only develop your existing skills but also to identify gaps and roadblocks and look for ways to eliminate them.
I’ve developed a 3 Step Action Plan to help you successfully negotiate your transition from a casual job-seeker to a seriously committed one; plus I’ve included my ultimate organization tool for any job search. Click here to download your free Job Search Tracker.
The 3-Step Action Plan for Finding the Right Job Now
Thunderbird School of Global Management Alumna Dana Manciagli '84 is the author of "Cut the crap, Get a job". With her 'Career Mojo' column, Dana is the sole syndicated career columnist for the Business Journal nationwide. Her remarkable profile includes a career in global sales and marketing for Fortune 500 corporations like Microsoft, IBM, and Kodak. She has coached, interviewed and hired thousands of job seekers. This article was originally published on her website.