Your Transition is a Teachable Moment

Unfortunately a job search can become very methodical and mundane as it becomes lengthier and lengthier and in many ways a routine not unlike going to the office on a daily basis.  Certainly there are actions that must be performed (check the job boards, follow-up on e-mails and phone calls and keep track of your social networks) but your Transition is a Teachable Moment and such insights should be taken to heart.

Marshall Goldsmith in his self-defined, self-help book Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It provides insights on how to make each day of your life worthwhile and beneficial.  Goldsmith defines mojo as one’s inspiration or motivation and his book, which he introduced this past summer at the ASAE Annual Meeting in Los Angeles provides rules and techniques that can resurrect a positive attitude toward oneself and the outside world.

Because it is vital to position and market yourself during your job search as the expert that employers cannot live without, Goldsmith does remind all readers that there are 4 Rules for your consideration because achievement is important to display to potential and interested employers.

1)  Stop Trying to be an Oracle.  Goldsmith believes that if you are waiting for the right time or right opportunity that that opportunity or time may never come to pass.  No one can predict what is going to happen in five years so we must move now to get started.  “We never have all the information we need; circumstances are rarely perfect.”  He also mentions the author of Ragtime, E. L. Doctorow who once stated that “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night.  You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”  Don’t let incomplete information stop you from making a decision.  Risk-taking is part of life and with risk comes profit.

2)  Move Quickly.  If you must err, err on the side of urgency.  People pay attention to someone who’s in a hurry.”  We all would like to move on to bigger and better things in our lives, especially when you are in a job search but it is vital to impress upon all that you just aren’t waiting for the next opportunity to fall in your lap – that you are creating your own opportunities.

3)  Say two no’s for every yes.  Because we are all goal oriented it is important to keep your focus on the ultimate prize.  “For every good idea, there are dozens of bad ones.  So be more ruthless about saying no, especially when other people try to steer you off course.”  Be careful of those detours and it is not inappropriate or rude to say no to offers that will not take you down the path that you have designed for personal success.  Don’t be so infatuated with the idea that someone wants you that you have difficulty balancing the pros and cons of your decision.

4)  It pays to advertise.  It is quite obvious that Apple has succeeded by being exceedingly secretive in it’s many choreographed rollouts of their new products but when it comes to individuals it is imperative that you let the world know that you are available and that you are open to new and interesting offers.  There is an obvious stigma to being In Transition but use this opportunity to reposition yourself  if needbe, and more importantly that this is a wonderful time to reconnect with those people who know and care about you.  Let them be your promoter and Marketer in Chief.  The more that people are talking you up, there are less opportunities for those to forget about you.

Marshall Goldsmith is more than just a motivating author and speaker, he brings to light the importance of moving forward and not reliving the past.  The self-realization and self-actualization cues in the book provides a whole new perspective for those in a job search or a life transition.  Move forward and Reach for the Sky – Because the Ultimate Goal is your Happiness and Success!

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