Do you have a dream job or company that you want to work for? Let’s say that you’ve mapped out a career path, down to the steps that you need to take to make it all happen. While we must all leave some room for things to change or go a bit different than we expect, since life is just that way, we should all have a vision and a plan to achieve what we want.
Executing your plan day-by-day is one life’s great motivators and energizers. There is an exhilaration that comes from making moves towards your goals. That feeling of being “in the zone.” There is a special sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing that you are doing what is needed to make your vision a reality.
There is another reality to this whole situation, though. While you are doing all that you can to get the position that you are looking for, there are many factors that you don’t control. Sometimes it takes a little longer than you expect to get your dream position. There may not be an opening at the time that you are applying. You may not get the job the first time that you apply. These are the types of happenings that can knock you down mentally and spiritually. Well, let me be the first to tell you that many successful job searches went through these obstacles and more. Do you know what quality those who ultimately got their dream job possessed? PERSISTENCE.
Persistence is defined as the firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. The people who are ultimately successful in prolonged or difficult job searches simply continue to pursue the position that they want and continue to execute their plan. In fact, it seems persistence is the consistent ingredient in most people who succeed, no matter what they are succeeding at.
The key is to make up your mind that you will not cease until the job that you want is yours. To keep the fire inside burning, continue to do the things that keep your name at the top of the list for openings, and draw more attention to your qualifications.
For example, continue to network. Stay in touch with people you know that are in the field that you are looking to get into, or who work for the organization (or type of organization) that you want to join. Try to meet more of those types of people on LinkedIn. Join groups in your desired industry, in person or online, where these types of people meet. These groups can help you to stay abreast of current events in your desired industry, and introduce you to folks who may be able to help you in your job search.
Continue to check in with your search firm. Let them know that you are still in the hunt for a position, and get insights on how the job market is looking in the industry you are trying to get in. Ask for any tips or resources that may help in your search.
Consider taking classes to add new, in-demand, competencies to your skill set, or brush up on some of the skills that you already have. Things are changing and being updated constantly, and you want employers to know that you are up-to-speed on the qualifications that are expected of a person that can fill the role you are seeking.
If you are sending out resumes, make sure that yours is optimized for how today’s job search market operates. Employers usually receive more interest in a position than they can realistically handle. To help them to sort through all of the resumes that they get, many companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). These are platforms that process resumes and help employers to glean the ones from the multitude that seem the best fit to fill the role. One of the ways that ATS platforms choose the resumes that get considered is the use of keywords. Many applicants are not aware of this and send the same resume for different openings. This decreases the chances of their resume making the cut if the keywords that are being sought by the company’s ATS platform aren’t present. Consider getting keyword-rich resume(s) done by a professional resume writer, or read up on how to make sure that your resume is written in a way that it passes ATS systems.
Stay encouraged and in pursuit of the position that you want! Whenever you get discouraged, imagine yourself having the job. See yourself in the position and doing the work. This will help you to remember why you want it, and give you motivation to continue the pursuit. You are doing all of the right things, so you know that it is just a matter of time until your vision becomes a reality!