Today something wonderful happened. I received a call from one of my coaching clients telling me that she had landed a new job. That in itself, wasn’t surprising. But the details were. After an extensive search and discovery process, she had been hired at a national organization in a role that was more closely suited to her ideal vision than she had ever dared to dream. This change involved moving to another city, but far from being an obstacle, the new location was one of the best parts of the offer. She wanted to move there! Other aspects of her life that had previously presented barriers to her career aspirations had fallen into place with very little effort. Both lightness and momentum resonated in her voice as she described to me what she would be doing in her new role. I was thrilled for her!
I’ve been fascinated in hearing these stories from my clients, and learning how, when their goals are finally reached, they’ve come to fruition with what seems to be a mere whiff of a magical wand. Well, as one who has witnessed both the start and ensuing challenges of the journey, I know it is neither effortless nor created by magic. But I do believe that when the groundwork is laid carefully, the process can unfold so much more easily. It’s worth spending the time up front to establish what it is you really want. Yes, this kind of approach is more effective than merely going after whatever it is, that is sitting right in front of you.
Here are some steps to consider to make your job search less work and more magical.
1) Be clear to yourself and to others, what your objectives are.
If you don’t know what your objectives are, take the time to figure this part out. Without this critical piece of information, it’s like setting out on a trip without any destination in mind. You’ll wind up – who knows where?
2) Be consistent in your messaging and the frequency with which you deliver it.
Once you know what your objectives are, create your message so that it’s easy for you to say and for others to understand. Keep sharing this with friends, colleagues and even those who you may think won’t be able to bring value to your search, which brings us to #3.
3) Maintain an open mind about who may be able to help you or where the ideal opportunities might be.
This is where the surprises and results are often found, in places that you may not have expected. You never know. Someone’s neighbour or daughter-in-law could have just the connection that will lead to your next career opportunity!
4) Finally, keep at it. Expect that there will be plateaus. Expect that there will be times when it seems as if nothing is happening at all and your efforts are going to go unrewarded. They won’t be. You may have to take a detour, but if you keep your eye on your goal and keep moving, you’ll get there.