Continuing from Part One, I’m describing my process for finding work you enjoy. I’m going through it because after almost a year of not being allowed to work waiting in the US Immigration process, I needed a job. You can learn from my expertise on how to keep your mind straight and stay focused.
I’ve gone into this a bit before, here and here. By knowing what you want, and sticking to it at all costs, you will feel more confident. Fighting fear and panic is difficult, I know. However, I have found out time and again that by sticking to your guns, the role you want will eventually come around to you.
I remember driving from the shop to a jobsite with the owner of a metal fabrication shop that I did a lot of work for in the middle of the last decade. We were stressed about meeting our obligations, and getting projects completed on time and to the quality level we and our customers expected. Suddenly, we passed a group of mentally and physically disabled people being taken out for a walk, in their wheelchairs and gurneys, by their aides. The owner turned to me and with a 180-degree change of attitude said, “We don’t have any problems.”
It’s stuck with me over the years. We have the power to choose. We have the ability to try something different tomorrow to get what we want. We can keep fighting. You can, too.
You will draw employers to you with the attitude of “I’m financially independent, and don’t need the job.”
Also, by being clear about what you want and how you provide value, you will be sure of yourself.
Grasping, begging, trying to fit into the mold of what you think this employer wants…these are things that will ‘turn off’ interviewers. They will be polite, tell you nice things, and never call you again. By being centered, patient and certain, you will cause employers to move towards you. After all, when something is scarce, we want it! When you give off signals that say to interviewers “I don’t need this particular gig—I’m going to find one I’m happy at eventually,” they say to themselves, “Uh oh, I’d better get this person on board with me before they go to my competition. There’s something about them that I like.”
Now what about the case where there aren’t any jobs in your town like the one you want? Well, now you have a choice to make. First of all, either it’s true that there are few, or it’s not. Investigate. Ask everyone you know if they know of roles similar to what you want. Keep asking. I’m pretty sure you haven’t looked under every stone.
Second, check for positions which have tasks like those you want to do, and also some others—can you be happy doing what you want 70% of the time, and other things the rest, in order to make a living and advance your career?
Third, you may have to look at moving.
Fourth, how about offering the skill set you want to use in a contractor role?
Fighting fear and panic during your job search can be the most difficult phase. However, if you’re clear about what you want and have to offer, and project the attitude that you don’t need the job (while still loving to do the tasks), you can remain calm and centered. Remember, you only need to defeat fear and be brave one day at a time…perhaps even only a few minutes at a time.
Coming up next, Leg Three: Don’t Settle.
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