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Got a difficult problem in your job search? Say, a lack of networking contacts? Or trouble answering interview questions? Good news: You take solve your job search problems today, simply by writing them down. Read on to learn a 3-step method that shows you how.
If you’re having trouble with your job search, don’t worry! You’ve got company. Problems in a job search are as common as mosquitoes in July. Well, what can be done to solve the problem? First step, it seems easy! – Try writing your problem down on a piece of paper? Because, when you write problems down, you take an immediate, huge leap towards solving them. Think about it: Every great invention or solution, from the atomic bomb onward, was first worked out on paper.
Why not solve your employment problems the same way? Here’s a three-step method that will help you do it …
1. Ask Yourself the Right Questions
Most folks put themselves behind the eight ball in their job search by asking questions that are depressing and demotivating. For example, people ask themselves questions like, “Why won’t anyone give me a job?” or “How do I network when I don’t know anyone?”
Don’t get stuck in that mode of thought!! Instead, start asking questions that motivate and inspire you. Better questions to ask are: “How could I give people a reason to call me with job leads?” or “How did my 10 closest friends find their current jobs?” or “How could I brainstorm with them and use their methods in my job hunt?” Better yet, try: “What worked in my last job search? Or, the job search before? How could I do that again?” What’s most important about this process is that in asking these questions, you are working on questions that you yourself can solve. Never depend or rely on people other than yourself in this initial part of the process because then you abdicate control – you become a prisoner of outside forces.
When you ask the right questions, however, you’re halfway to the answer. So write down at least five empowering questions about your job search, right now.
Now, you’re ready for step two . . .
2. Find Your Own Answers
After you write down five good questions, circle the one question that looks most promising. You’re going to use it to get hired faster.
Let’s say you write the following question down atop a clean sheet of paper: “How could I give people a reason to call me with job leads?” Write a number 1 below it. Write a possible answer next to that number. Then move on to number 2, 3, and don’t stop until you have at least 20 answers to your question. Not 15 or 19, but 20 answers — or more.
There’s a reason for this: Left to its own devices, your brain will succumb to lesser forces. Like bench pressing, thinking is strenuous work, no matter how good it may be for you. Instead, don’t let your head off the hook. Don’t stop until you get 20 possible solutions. Brainstorm as if your career depended on the outcome. Because it does.
Now, most of your 20 answers won’t be very good, but, that’s to be expected! Your best answer may come right after the most hare-brained. By forcing yourself to write out 20 answers, you’re flushing the creative pipes while going deep into your subconscious mind to dredge up a winner.
Don’t knock it until you try it! It will work!!!!
3. Select a Solution and Take Action!
Choose the most promising from your list of 20 answers. Then, get started — today — to make it happen. No excuses.
Let’s say the most actionable of your solutions is to throw a networking party where you can meet friends, family and acquaintances, and let them know about your job search. Once you make a decision, what do you need to do to make this party happen?
Well, you have to make the guest list, send invitations, get the food, etc. So write down all the sub-goals necessary for the party to be a success. Check each sub-goal off your list as you complete it. Before you know it, your networking party will be a reality.
After that, take the next most-promising solution from your list of 20 and make that one happen. Repeat until hired.
Here’s why these 3 steps work when it comes to solving problems — clear thinking plus continuous action equals results.
If you’re struggling to find a job, write down clear, empowering questions of your situation. Then, brainstorm at least 20 possible solutions and take action on the best one today. When you do, you’ll be that much closer to getting the job you really want, faster.
Now, go out and make your own luck! You can do it!!
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