This month’s Career Collective topic is Job-hunting “Rules” to Break/ Outdated Job-Search Beliefs.
When I saw this month’s topic, my first thought was, "Wow. Easy topic." There are lots of rules that I think people should break, and there are lots of outdated job search beliefs. Yet, there is a larger truth that we all need to face, and it’s this: Job search is as much art as it is science. For example, whether you should have a one-page resume or a two pager is going to depend on a myriad of circumstances that you’ll need to figure out. Sixty-second, thirty-second, … or no elevator pitch? Who knows? Only you can decide what’ll work best, based on your specific situation!
If you are facing the very real need to find new employment, then you need to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. And you need to find that out quickly. Yet, whether you’re in active job search or not, what you truly need to consider is stepping out of the traditional career management model and changing your game to a longer-term career management strategy that relies on:
It’s really not enough to define yourself in terms of a job title. Doing so merely makes you a commodity. Frankly, an accountant is an accountant is an accountant. If that’s all you tell others, you only give them a reason to ignore you. On the other hand, if you say you offer tax and financial advice to women entrepreneurs who want to have fun while becoming successful, you’ve made yourself stand out.
Of course you know you should have a personal brand. Maybe you even have a branded resume, bio, or online profile that reflects a unique promise of value. But how will people be able to see that the value you deliver is truly differentiated and authentic?
One way, is to document it in a career story that shows how you came to be good at doing what you do, and at serving the audience you serve. For example, if you are a sales and marketing strategist who is skilled at turning outsiders into insiders, then that ability should be grounded in your career/life journey backstory. If it is, you’ll be much more credible, and differentiated with a story only you can own.
We all need a network, right? And if you’re in job search, you’re probably actively building one. But what happens when you land a job? Do you, like many people who are working, put focus on the work at hand, forgetting about the people who helped get where you are? If yes, you’re making a big mistake. In today’s world, where jobs are just another gig, and the next opportunity is likely to emerge from a trusted network, staying connected is a career lifeline.
Changing the game is not easy. But it’s increasingly necessary.
If you remain mired in the traditional job-search model to manage your career, you may find moving ahead increasingly difficult. Instead, you need to stop being a job seeker, and start generating opportunities by becoming a trust agent connected to a trusted network that will turn to you the next time someone wants to find a professional who can do what you do.
What did other Career Collective members have to say? Here are links to their posts:
Juice Up Your Job Search, @debrawheatman
It's not your age, it's old thinking, @GayleHoward
Want a Job? Ignore these outdated job search beliefs @erinkennedycprw
Job Search Then and Now, @MartinBuckland @EliteResumes
The New: From The Employer's-Eye View, @ResumeService
Job Search: Breakable Rules and Outdated Beliefs, @KatCareerGal
Job Hunting Rules to Break (Or Why and How to Crowd Your Shadow), @chandlee @StartWire,
Shades of Gray, @DawnBugni
3 Rules That Are Worth Your Push-Back, @WorkWithIllness
How to find a job: stop competing and start excelling, @Keppie_Careers
Be You-Nique: Resume Writing Rules to Break, @ValueIntoWords
Modernizing Your Job Search, @LaurieBerenson
Don't Get Caught With an Old School Resume, @barbarasafani
How Breaking the Rules Will Help You in Your Job Search, @expatcoachmegan
Beat the Job-Search-Is-a-Numbers-Game Myth, @JobHuntOrg
25 Habits to Break if You Want a Job, @CareerSherpa