On November 6th, 2017, I published a blog post titled, The Three-Dimensional Job Search. This concept of the job search process as one- or three-dimensional had been on my mind a great deal, and it finally spilled out onto the digital page. Has your job search process been one-dimensional?
The aforementioned blog post began thus:
In a one-dimensional job search process, it kind of looks like this: you get up in the morning, make a cup of coffee, eat breakfast, and open your computer. You then peruse job boards like Indeed and Monster looking for open positions that might interest you. Once you’ve exhausted those prospects, you might check the websites of employers you’d consider working for.
What’s wrong with this picture?
Well, nothing’s absolutely wrong with this approach at face value, but it’s honestly a one-dimensional strategy for tackling a multidimensional challenge. A job search isn’t complete without a full frontal attack, as well as an assiduous search for side doors, back doors, and a way to parachute in when no doors are apparent. Not all jobs are found through an online job search, and anyone relying on that process is more likely than not missing out on the chance to turn over more than the usual stones.
The post goes on to discuss the following areas:
Not all jobs are advertised: “Some references say that 70 percent of jobs are found through networking — still others say it’s even more than that. More people than you can probably imagine find jobs through personal and professional connections. And if you have a robust network, you have a lot of strings to pull in the interest of achieving your goal of finding the right position.”
Your career toolbox: “In a three-dimensional job search strategy, you not only network in an effective and efficient way, you also have every tool in your nursing career toolbox sharpened and ready for action.”
Becoming your own sales rep: “Make no mistake, the job search process is about sales, and you and your skills are the commodity. Sales involves written communication, face-to-face skills like networking and interviewing, and also your ability to pitch yourself as the best candidate for the job. Thinking like a salesperson will help you to identify your personal brand, make your strongest pitch, and put your best foot forward.”
Getting inspired: “How can you be at your very best in job interviews or networking when you feel uninspired and unhappy in your career and life? Inspiration has to be ongoing, or you’ll just be another morose nurse who can’t find her place in the profession and feels disconnected from why she even chose nursing in the first place. Getting bored at work can bring you down and lead to burnout and compassion fatigue, if not simply feeling glum about what you do. That kind of ennui is the enemy of inspiration.”
Personal growth and wellness: “On episode 132 of The Nurse Keith Show, I discussed how doing your inner work (your psychological, emotional, and spiritual growth) can bring about a happier career and a higher level of overall satisfaction in your life. Nurturing your inner world and personal wellness can help you to be more resilient, to see your work and life from a healthy perspective, and approach the stages of your career with optimism, openness, and joy.”
The three-dimensional strategy:
A robust and inspired three-dimensional job search and career strategy is one powerful key to your happiness and career satisfaction. A one-dimensional strategy puts all of your eggs in one basket, and if those eggs don’t hatch, you risk feeling like a failure.
If you’re actively in the job market, sitting at your desk and scrolling through Indeed and Monster in your pajamas every morning is a lonely endeavor that may or may not bear fruit. Sure, look for jobs online and apply for them, but if that strategy doesn’t turn up much to shake a stick at, consider how you can shake things up and not beat your head against the same wall over and over again.
Consider your job search and career development strategy, and get with the program in terms of developing a three-dimensional modus operandi for a three-dimensional challenge.
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