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Is Your Job Search in Thermometer or Thermostat Mode?

We’re bracing for 105 degree temperatures this week, like much of the country. And with those temps, we’re praying that air conditioners hold out and black outs don’t happen … which got me to thinking.
 
Thermometers tell the temperature. Thermostats set the temperature. In the first situation, we adapt to our situation. In the second, we control our surroundings. Too often in the Fresno summer heat, I begin getting uncomfortable and forget that I have the power to turn down my thermostat.
 
There are times when it’s useful to adapt (blessed are the flexible, for they will not break!). And yet, all too often we forget that we have the ability to reset the thermostat.
 
If you’re in career transition, start by controlling the basics:
 
·      being able to clearly articulate your value and return-on-investment to employers
·      choosing industries that are experiencing an uptick
·      moving to a region with low unemployment
·      proactively selecting good-fit target companies…learning about their culture &       
       needs
·      upping the number of hours you spend on personal marketing and networking
·      asking for help from people who will give you honest feedback
·      getting an accountability partner in place—you’re 7 times more likely to succeed
       with someone holding you accountable!
·      upping the number of face-to-face or voice-to-voice meetings you have
       each week … and making sure the meetings are with people who have some
       influence in the hiring decision
·      participating in professional associations to increase your visibility
·      doing some volunteer work for people less fortunate than you to keep perspective
·      considering a part-time position to make ends meet or accepting a
       less-than-dream-job temporary position, recognizing that many of these positions
       lead to more when you demonstrate your value over time.
 
And don’t forget to control the basics in your personal life:
 
·      the amount of exercise, rest, and nutrition you give yourself
·      the amount of news media you allow yourself to consume, especially if
       discouraging news is discouraging you
·      the people you surround yourself with, whether positive and uplifting or negative
       and dispiriting.
 

Next time you feel the heat turning up, control your thermostat!

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  3. tony says:

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  4. Conway says:

    Awesome share! Thank you very much

  5. “Moving to a region with low unemployment”

    This statement is important to point out because most people will not relocated due to their family being rooted at the place they were at now.

    Case in point: an employee at a mill was given the opportunity to stay with the company and work at a plant that was a thousand miles away or take the severance package the company was offering. He liked working at the company so he commuted on a weekly basis staying in a motel with a co-worker and driving home on the weekends. That’s dedication. Eventually they did relocate, but it demonstrates what a person does to continue their committment to their family and a career they love.

    “the people you surround yourself with” is also a crucial factor where you have a support group who believe in what you do and will give you encouragement and help you to be accountable.

    “exercise, rest, and nutrition” – You can’t work if you are not able to. Your body, mind, and soul need to be rejuvinated and regenerated daily

    Thanks Susan for the post, it helped to remind me what my career temperature is

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