Do you find yourself a little overwhelmed by your options in this job market?
For what might be the first time (or the first time in a long time), you hold a lot of power at the negotiation table.
For nearly 15 years, this hasn’t been the case. We’ve been told to be lucky that we have a job. Don’t get greedy. Just don’t get fired.
The job market changed in the last year and while it will surely change again, right now the ball is in your court.
I like to think about job searching as similar to dating, and right now, you are the Bachelor or Bachelorette with a dozen beautiful options in front of you.
Let’s dig in and work through eight strategies to manage your mindset, raise your energy, and stay focused during your job search.
- Have 10 conversations going at once.
Play the field with emails, calls, outreaches for names, and introductions. Keep the momentum up. If you’re looking for an internal transfer or promotion, consider cutting this number down to 3-5 conversations. You want to network internally. Talk to colleagues, your HR business partner, and your current supervisor so that you can investigate internal job postings and stay strategic.
- Treat all conversations equally.
Don’t be seduced by money or title. Be attached to the substance. This is the courtship. Let the opportunities breathe. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket right away. This keeps you from hustling or racing and making snap decisions.
- Notice red flags.
The way you are treated in an interview is the way the company treats people. The only exception is if you’re working with an external recruiter who may be more transaction-oriented.
- Examine your red flag trigger.
Talk to a coach or trusted peer and see if your red flag is still a red flag. If it is, send a “thanks but no thanks” email and replace that conversation with another one.
- Put a ring on it!
Don’t commit until there is something to commit to. The search isn’t over until you’ve signed. Keep your thoughts positive and emotions in check, but don’t let go of your other conversations until there’s a ring on it.
- Have a back-up plan.
If an interview doesn’t go your way, evaluate and have a back-up plan. Coach yourself, call a friend, or do something so that you are not sitting around sulking. It’s all about your energy.
- Say yes to all conversations.
Stay curious. You never know what connections you’ll make.
- Fall in love with reality.
Don’t fall in love with potential. Ignore the hype about where the company is going, how they see you growing, etc. These are beautiful promises that you can sift through in your thought work. Make sure you love the job as it is, not as it could be. Sitting in potential for 40 hours a week is going to get old fast.
Are you playing the field and looking for your next career opportunity?
Originally published on jillgriffincoaching.com
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