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Today’s video blog is all about doing what it takes to succeed in a job search even when the necessary steps to success include actions that, all things considered, you would just as soon not think about, much less do it.
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After taking off a couple of months to deal with his grief and to relocate to a metropolitan city three hours away to begin his job search, Doug received another rude shock: the job market had changed, dramatically so.
Another Unwelcome Shock
And that is when he received yet another unwelcome shock to his system. Everything he thought he knew about searching for a job was out of date. His ego took a real hit when his career coach told him he was woefully unprepared to succeed in today’s job search market.
He was resistant when he was told that he would have to spend 30 to 40 hours each week in his office making new connections and posting on LinkedIn. “People like me do not post on that silly social media thing. I have a great track record. I shouldn’t have to do those kinds of things.”
Doug’s frustration grew when he was told he needed to make 30 to 50 calls to expand his network and schedule four or five coffees, lunches or networking meetings each week.
Frustration Turned to Anger
His frustration bubbled into full-throated anger when his coach provided him weekly report forms that he would be expected to complete detailing the number of calls he made and to whom. That was beneath him and he informed his coach in no uncertain terms that he was not a dog on a leash.
So the coach diplomatically gave Doug some space and Doug resorted to form – he sat back and waited for the recruiters to call. A few did and he had a couple of interviews, but no offers.
Sixteen months into his search, with no real leads in sight, Doug’s transition coach arranged a reality luncheon. “Doug, you need to pay attention to the clock. It is running and if you do not land a job by the 20th month, finding a job will only become that much harder. You are going to be seen as damaged goods and no one will want to touch you. “
“You are asking me to do things that are just not me,” Doug argued. “I am just not comfortable doing these things,” he claimed.
Whether you want to work is up to you
“No, Doug,” came the career coach’s replay, “I am only asking you to do what it takes to succeed. Whether you want to work is up to you.”
Of course, there is more to finding a job than executing on a digital and strategic networking plan but in this highly competitive market, those candidates who sit back and wait to be discovered probably will not.
© 2019 John Gregory Self
As the healthcare industry continues to experience contraction, consolidation and right sizing, an increasing number of executives will be forced to confront these career options: look for another job, start their own business as a consultant or invest in a franchise opportunity, leave the industry in pursuit of another career, or take early retirement.
For most, early retirement is simply not an option and changing careers can be as daunting as finding the same job in another city given today’s hyper-competitive job market. That leaves the romantic idea of creating one’s own business.
I Took the Plunge In 1994
In 1994 I found myself out of a job in a medium sized city in East Texas. Finding another healthcare job in that market was out of the question. I was in the process of building a new life and the thought of relocating was not appealing so I succumbed to the allure of running my own executive search firm. There were a lot of good days and some very bad ones but 25 years later I am still in business. I worked hard, I got lucky, and I refused to give up, all integral to avoiding failure.
In recent days I have talked with several executives whose positions were eliminated following a merger or they were right sized out of the organization. Most are in the position I found myself in in 1994, they need to work but are unable or unwilling to relocate. They asked me if I thought they should go into consulting by starting their own business. They are attracted to the idea but they not sure they understand the risks or what it takes to succeed.
As a career advisor I have found that asking questions is a far better way to help an executive grasp an understanding of the issues they will have to deal with to be successful.
10 Key Questions to Ask Before You Start
Here are 10 questions I routinely ask executives who are flirting with the idea:
Owning and succeeding with your own business is a special kind of thrill. It places you in a rare group of business owners. That said, starting your own business is an option but it is one that requires seriously planning, honesty regarding your strengths and weaknesses, the capital to grow the enterprise, the financial reserves to cover the lean times and the courage to stay the course.
© 2019 John Gregory Self
Editor’s Note: Thursday’s blog post was rescheduled for today. John is taking some time off for the holiday weekend. This post originally appeared in 2012.
One of the great joys of life is to hear people laugh – not a polite snicker but full-on, uproariously satisfying laughter. The greater gift is to be able to elicit laughter from a crowd.
When we think of laughter, we typically make a straight line connection with the art of stand-up comedy, a tough, unforgiving profession to which many aspire and precious few find real success. When you ask stand-up comics why they endure the tough times, most will say that there is no greater professional reward than to have that great night where your material is in sync with the audience’s mood and there is wave after wave of appreciative laughter. They will also tell you that the path to those great performance moments is a narrow high wire where a misstep can lead to crushing rejection. In the comedy business, rejection is very personal.
There are certainly some parallels to the art of leadership.
Laughter, An Important Leadership Tool
Laughter is an important tool in the art of leadership, especially in healthcare where the waves of dynamic change will elicit laughter, or cries of anguish, depending on the relative health of an organization’s balance sheet. Leaders who can laugh, and the CEOs with the great talent for creating laughter while expressing confidence of success through turmoil, will earn the never-ending loyalty of their closest colleagues and employees.
Another important leadership element that often goes unrewarded is the art of storytelling. Organizational consultants will say that the ability to weave captivating stories regarding important cultural values will enhance the message and contribute to its sustainability.
Great Leadership, Storytelling Go Hand-In-Hand
Stories that reinforce mission-critical values and make us laugh are golden as are the talented leadership who possess those skills.
When you ask a successful leader his or her definition of that “sweet spot” for achievement, they will say when everyone in the organization is truly in sync about the mission, vision and values. For a leader, that is the greater gift.
To invite John Self to be a speaker at your meeting or function, contact JohnGSelf + Partners at firstname.lastname@example.org. John is an entertaining and informative speaker who talks about leadership, career management, and life’s wonderful ironies in speeches that are laced with humor and satisfying stories regarding the challenges we all face. He consistently receives high ratings for his presentations.
© 2019 John Gregory Self