Whether you are an athlete, a salesperson or a person looking to better yourself, one needs to build momentum. The same holds true when you are in the midst of a job search, or it also holds true for a growing company looking to add staff.
Momentum is and can be a wonderful thing. It's a magical inertia and a magnetic quality that seems to draw additional opportunities to you. For the individual or organization, there are ways to feed momentum so that the ball keeps rolling. And good things keep happening to you.
Believe that it will happen. And that you are deserving of it happening. Not that this belief will trigger the world to act on your behalf. But rather that you are able to project confidence. And expecting good things to happen in your job search effort. I know this sounds a bit like believing in secret scrolls, but if it positively affects your psychology, it is a good thing. And it will be painfully obvious to others if your self-confidence is lacking. Remove any impediments and negativity. Things that will physically or mentally slow you down. Or distract you. A good analogy here is going for a run or a walk. This can help quicken your momentum. For job search, it's a good idea to have a good elevator pitch, know how to introduce yourself to new people and carry good marketing materials (a one sheet bio and business card for networking).
Build a network that cares about you. Demonstrate selfless efforts to support the folks you meet, asking great questions to learn what they need/care about, by telling them specifically about your job search objectives, by becoming a person of influence and finally by simply being a good networker. Draw others into your network, which created a growing and even larger network of associates.
Remain visible. People can't help you or remember that you are still in the market if they don't see or hear from you. Get out of the house for a minimum of 4 hours per day. Schedule coffees, attend networking events, get out to events where you can network with employed people (not just the unemployed). A regular network update via e-mail that quickly reminds people of your objectives is a great idea. Tell them in that note the good things that are happening. And that you'd like their help to keep the momentum going!
Fresh new leads every week. Fresh new leads are the food of momentum. And the more you have in the hopper, the better. It's all about multiple options. It allows you to focus on more than one opportunity with confidence. Because you are not hyper-focused on one job opening. And desperate to convince someone that you are the only one they should be interviewing. Whether at the job offer stage or the phone interview stage, you can now be yourself knowing that everything isn't riding on this one position. You can feel free to ask good, probing questions. To help you understand if the job is really a good fit for you. Fresh new leads come from your network. Especially a network that already has tangible data on your job search objectives. You can get leads from many places including company websites, networking organizations or churches that have a job search group. You just need a steady flow to keep your spirits up.
If you want to get the momentum going... contact Randi at Randi@RecruitingSpec.com.