Do You Resist Change in Your Job Search?
Despite the rapid changes in job searching and the advent of social media (not a panacea, however, it remains one of the “fastest growing phenomena, as the New York Times once observed), I continue to see job seekers demonstrate the same behaviours and not taking risks.
Are you, as a job seeker, adverse to taking a risk? Judith Cook, from the University of Illinois defines risk aversion as “a reluctance of a person to accept a bargain with an uncertain payoff, rather than another bargain, with a certain, but lower expected payoff.” What does this mean? Admittedly, this is a psychological concept and very applicable to job seekers.
If your job search doesn’t seem to be bearing fruit, ask yourself, “What are you willing to try?” So instead of relying on a frustrating job search that doesn’t produce the results you want.
Let’s break down a job search that isn’t working and calculate the risks:
Identify a “risky” activity that you can do for the first time.
Do some cold calling?
Call back after an interview?
Option # 2:
Set up an informational interview?
Connect with someone on Linkedin.com and ask for a recommendation?
Send a direct message to a recruiter on Twitter (after spending some time building rapport).
Ask a colleague or former colleague for an endorsement on Linkedin?
Option # 3
Creating a #hireme campaign on Twitter?
Before jumping into these options, examine the benefits of the “risky” activities. Now examine the “costs” of the risks.
Next, here’s what to do:
1. Clarify your decisions. Do they fit into your overall plan?
2. Explore your decisions.
3. Identify your needs.
4. Plan your next steps.
5. Evaluate your “risky” job search activities.
The best to you in your job search. Have you taken a risk lately? Let me know how it turned out.
Melissa C. Martin
bilingual career/social media strategist
T: @ravingredhead and @melissacmartin