Editor's Note: This blog is part two of a three-part series of stories with career advice by Scott Engler, the owner and head coach of “B.Y.O.B. Coaching & Consulting”. In part two, Scott explains running the business of “YOU” and your job search while listening to job search experts. To read part one, go here.
Do you have the "job search blues"?
I've often compared the frustration and confusion people experience with the modern day job search to someone deciding to lose weight after several years of not having that goal, only to experience that diet and exercise no longer work for them.
Listening to Job Search Experts + Too Much Advice = How confusing!
Job seekers come to this place of desperation, confusion, humility, and consequently may simply listen to everything a "job search expert" says, often without using their own critical thinking and inner compass!
After all, if diet and exercise no longer helped you lose weight after it had for so many years, you might find yourself feeling so confused that you don’t know how to start losing weight again.
The solid ground has become extremely shaky and you're simply trying not to fall. It is a result of these factors and conditions that I believe many job seekers, who might otherwise possess a healthy sense of autonomy and creativity, become crippled in their authenticity when it comes to landing a new job.
While you are indeed likely to experience better results once you become open to new approaches in your job search, the new challenge becomes not conducting your job search in a "one-size-fits-all" approach when that isn't as optimal.
And since many of us may not be in a position to afford 1:1 coaching with a specialist who can help you customize an approach to land a job that suits us, I offer another approach to throw into your tool box.
Being Your Own Business and Job Search Expert
To begin exploring this approach, you will benefit by taking an honest and thorough inventory of yourself as a business.
PLEASE, write this down because I can promise you, while you think you know all there is to know about “You” and your job search, you are fooling yourself.
There are 3 steps you can take to become your own job search expert, which I will explain in Part 3 of this series: "The Business of You as The Job Search Expert".