7 Habits of Highly Effective Job Seekers

A job search is a job in itself; though you may be unemployed, your occupation is to get yourself a job. You will need to put in all you have. Nobody owes you a job. If you desire a good one, you need to get up and go after the job you desire.

Invest your time, energy and money, even the little you have (can you estimate how much you spend small, inconsequential things monthly?). Most job seekers expect the  search to be easy, simple and quick; and when things are not going that way, they give up, often too soon.

To get a good job it takes imagination, initiative and focus. It means that you must be committed to implementing the skills you will acquired, attending seminars, reading relevant books. You know what you want, and must be ready to work for it. Are you?

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1.Be  Proactive: They know how fickle the job market is so they adopt a proactive mentality and are always prepared for their next opportunity. As such, their career marketing documents and resources (resume, cover letter, portfolio, personal website or blog) are up-to-date.

2. Exude Confidence: They know their value and the contributions they have made to the company’s profitability, and are able to articulate this with confidence, but without appearing boastful.

3. Invest in their Careers: They assess their personal strengths, know their areas for development, and are committed to continuous learning through formal and informal means.

4. Have a Circle of Influence: They have built their own circle of influence because they know that they cannot accomplish much on their own and that they need the support of others to succeed. This circle is a formal or informal board of directors of 4-8 people, including some whose career trajectory they would like to emulate, and others who are ready to dispense advice when requested.

5. Be Active on Social Media: They know that social media is an equal opportunity platform that does not require a Ph.D. to sit at the table, but offers opportunities to have a presence, drive engagement, demonstrate their expertise and build credibility.

6. Demonstrate Cross-Cultural Competency: They make a deliberate effort to operate in different cultural settings because they recognize the benefits of having diverse groups of talented people working together to solve problems better and faster.

7. Know How to Collaborate in Virtual Teams: They know that their team members are not always in the cubicle next door, but could be miles or oceans away. In this regard, they have well-developed skills to work productively in virtual teams.

By Dorcas Kinyua

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