A new year brings in the promise of a fresh start. If you are carrying over a job search from 2010, re-invigorate your search by starting the year off by doing at least one thing differently.
For example, move a dreaded task necessary for your job search in the GTA from the bottom of your to-do list to the top.
We all share a tendency to avoid those tasks which are out of our comfort zone. But research shows that it’s more energizing to get those activities out of the way than to have them hang over your head all day.
And as you change the time, change your perspective. With 40 years of successfully finding candidates full-time work, contract work and part-time placements, recruiters at The Bagg Group offer these tried and true tips for how to rethink two commonly disliked tasks.
1) The covering letter:
If you dislike writing a covering letter, do it first thing in the morning, and think of your letter as a puzzle.
Some people actually make the activity into a puzzle. Here’s how it works:
- Write out each point you wish to make as a sentence.
- Cut out each sentence.
- Re-read the ad to determine the organization’s order of priority for the skills and experience it is seeking.
- Move your sentences around to try and match the organization’s list of priorities.
In this way by your coffee break, you’ll have a terrific first draft for your letter. And even better, you may find yourself so engaged in your puzzle, you won’t notice that you’re actually composing a letter.
2) The call to network
For many job seekers, making a call to former colleagues or contacts to network can be more uncomfortable than root canal.
About 40% of us are shy, according to Bernardo Carducci, director of the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana State University. His advice: Don’t focus on your request for help with your job search, just put your focus on being nice.
In an interview with Penelope Trunk, author of The Brazen Careerist, Professor Carducci said, “Shy people need to be more other-focused and less self-focused. Think about what you can do for the other person. Shy people worry that their opening comment will not be smart enough or witty enough, so they never get started. Instead, remember that when initiating contact you don’t need to be brilliant, you just need to be nice.”
And you are “nice” when you show you are genuinely interested in the person with whom you are speaking. It doesn’t take more than that to establish good connections.