Are you ready to face up to the obstacle[s] in your way? Have you noticed that when you are in a group [small or large] and a common problem/issue is staring you all in the face, how no-one will stand up and say – 'Hey I want to know how to deal with that Elephant! So it does not become a permanent obstacle' and you look around the room and see lots of others give a veritable sigh of relief…
Let me remove one of the biggest 'Elephants' for you – TIME - job search is a full time job! If you are not investing 40+ hours per week [assuming you are un employed and a Active Job Seeker] or 10+ hours per week [if under employed or Passive Job Seeker] then you are only playing at the game – knock that elephant out of your mind and get to it!
So what other Elephants are you encountering? The list is endless and so I have simplified some main categories:
ATTITUDE: your un-willingness to do what is required by others to successfully enter the marketplace [or in layman's terms – I have always done it/used it/applied it this way and am not going to change it]
POSITIONING : to observe, adapt and fit into the cultural environment of the new company/position/industry/state/country and to bring value that others need time to see [their elephant is the resistance to see]
POSITIONING : using the same resume/cv/script for every position/company/industry
POSITIONING : not fully engaging and embracing social tools and search tools to position yourself for success [fear that a social footprint will lead to identity theft]
POSTURING: un-preparedness to be flexible in your 3 key criteria – What / Where / How Much [3 Legged Stool analogy]
COMPREHENSION: the failure to read, listen and hear what is being asked for/said and to learn and include the words, terms, tools, techniques into your conversation [written or verbal]
ASSUMPTION : the pre-conception that the reader of your resume/cv/profile will be able to interpret what you say into what they require
ASSUMPTION : the whole world knows you are seeking a new job because you told the next door neighbor [or you posted your resume/cv to local job board]
ASSUMPTION : that networking is effective when you turn up and make an appearance
EGO: that you are alone and nobody else can possibly know you so how can they provide help/support/assistance
So let the elephant hunting begin! With practise you will overcome the obstacles [elephant/s] blocking your future success.