Job Seeking Is Not A Full Time Job
Chris Kulbaba – Job Counsellor
There is an old saying that job seeking is a full time job, although the reality of the situation is that it is not a full time job but you are in essence an entrepreneur. You have your own business, and that business is quite unique – that business is you. There is not a boss to tell you when to start work – you decide that. You determine the worth of the product – your experience, your knowledge, your skills, and your abilities are all for sale right now and you are looking for someone to purchase them. For the moment, let’s call that someone who is going to purchase your product the “next employer”.
If you start thinking in terms that you’re an actual business and not a job seeker you’ll have a very different viewpoint on what you’re doing in this process. Start looking at costs of time, costs of energy, returns you are getting from your activities and be ruthless. No results – stop spending time doing those things and start looking for ways to either delegate or trade information and knowledge. Many successful businesses do not do everything on their own, rather they work in partnership so that each gets to achieve their own individual goals while helping the other partner achieve theirs.
Start looking up plans and strategies on how entrepreneurs manage their business rather than looking for information on how job seekers can manage their process. If you want different results than your competition (other job seekers) then the only thing to do is something they are not. The secret is to start figuring out how to ask questions to uncover the potential pain that the next employer might have that you’re going to help solve, and what they might need in the future that you can do as well.
For example, people buy a tool to achieve their intended results. People do not buy a ¼ inch drill bit but they buy a tool that makes a hole that is ¼ inch big. However instead of a static quarter inch drill that can only do that one thing, they might be interested in buying a step drill bit (usually they are like an upside down pyramid and will do bigger holes the longer it is used…very versatile!) which will do holes of several different sizes so that they do not have to change the bit that often; they save on costs, they save on time, they are more productive and still solve the immediate problem but can solve future problems as well. This is the process you want to take on, to think of different ways to increase the return on the investment of the employer (our buyer) and for you to highlight all the things you can do in the future as well as solve their problems right now.