Job Search Strategies (part II) – Your Personal Situation

In my last post, I encouraged you to create a game plan for your job search by identifying your career goals, mapping out skills you have versus skills you need to acquire, and honing your personal pitch.

There is another critical element, though, that I strongly encourage you to consider… your “personal situation”. This falls under the emotional intelligence category and while it borders a bit on stating the obvious, I feel it is worth mentioning nonetheless.  You would be surprised at how many people pursue job opportunities (even to the point of getting an offer) without fully considering how their personal/family requirements impact their professional careers.

Before you embark on your job search, keep in mind that it is important to be cognizant of what is happening in your personal life and how that will impact the types of roles you can/should take at this point in your career.  As stated before, your goal is to put yourself in a position where you can be incredibly successful and accelerate your career over the next few years.

Individuals who are single have different issues and concerns than married couples with newborn children. Or individuals whose kids are grown and in college (or empty-nesters).  Or families who need to care for aging parents.  Or, sad as it is to say, those experience marital troubles or personal sickness.  Want some proof?  If you follow Monday Night Football, you will know that Tony Kornheiser recently left ESPN’s MNF show citing a fear of flying.  Phil Mickelson just put his PGA season on hold while he helps his wife battle cancer.  I’m sure you know many people who fall into the aforementioned categories.  The personal factors in your life will have a significant impact on the type of opportunities you can take on right now.

Be really honest about your personal situation so you can articulate the types of opportunities that are the best fit for you now. Make sure you compare these realities to your future dream job so you can streamline your personal game plan or make necessary adjustments. Your goal should be to achieve a balance in your personal and professional life.  Being honest about your personal situation will help you put yourself in a position to achieve your goal.

OK, so now that you have addressed some of the bigger picture issues, you want to get going.  I’m with ya… My next post will offer some successful strategies that executives are using to win in today’s market.

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