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EP 1695 If you are watching this video, you are ahead of 75% of your competition because you are someone who is trying to get help and improve. Here is the one thing to work on to help you reach the top percentiles.

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I wanted to do a video about what I know is the one thing that most job hunters really have trouble doing. I want to give you credit 1st of all. You're watching this video. You're listening to podcasts. You’re doing stuff to try to figure things out. That is great! That puts you in the top 25% of job hunters by doing that. Really. Because most people try to figure it out by trial and error. They don't try to learn.

Atta girl! Atta boy. Good job.

But there's one thing that I think is really most effective to help a job search and very few people do it. What that is . . . is ask for help. If that's a tough word for you, let's substitute the word , “support.”

It doesn't mean calling people up and saying, “do you know a job for me?” It doesn't mean, “HELP! I'm begging you. Please!” No, it doesn't mean that. What it means is asking for advice. Asking for stories. Asking for input.

For example, you are a recent grad and how many people have you called to ask for help, who graduated a year or 2 before you to find out how they found their jobs? Some of the stories may get It repetitive.

“I went to on a mixer.” I went to a this or a that. Okay. If you're doing that you’ve affirmed that this is good strategy. But, you are also going to hear some different stories, and it doesn't take a lot of time to ask for that sort of support.

If you are a more experienced person, you may have had a mentor along the way. You may have a colleague with another organization and the idea becomes you can call them or schedule time for coffee or lunch and simply say, “I want to talk to you for a little bit because I feel like I'm at an impasse and I am looking for some advice about what I should be doing next.” Did you hear the word, “job” in there? You didn't.

You did not say, “I'm looking for a job.” You asked what you should be doing next. . How did you find your role? What prompted you to step into this situation. You know a little bit about me. Where do you see me a few years from now?”

It’s kind of like doing a 360 with someone who knows you and looking for input. Most of us spend a lot of our life trying to figure things out on our own. And we don't have a lot of time and wonder why we wake up years later in the same position we were in before. We put ourselves in the position of being stuck.

Asking for advice or asking for coaching or hiring a coach moves you out of the realm being fixed to the situation. You’re getting new inputs. It's easier because you're not doing the thinking. Someone else is offering their thoughts.

Why does job search have to be hard? Why does it have to be difficult? Why does it have to take a long time?

Well, in the 1st 2, it is because you are trying to figure it out on your own and you are not an expert at that. In the latter case (why does it take a long time), it's pretty simple.
You don’t have a lot of time; you’ve limited inputs to work with..

So, again, it comes down to… you don't have to figure it out. There are people who have been ahead of you in the process you can ask for advice and then, from there, they start thinking about places that they can introduce you to. People that they know and you can ask them, “Thank you. This has been great. Is there someone else I can speak with that you could point me to? I'm not looking for a job. I’m not going to beg for a job with them. Like with you, I'm looking for some advice about how to move forward to my next step.”

And then, from there, you are engaging in conversations, meeting more people, and since the statistics are 70% of jobs are filled as a result of networking, and all of that 70%, 70% of them (or 49%) are filled as a result of introductions to people who your network knows who you don't, you start to extend your universe more broadly.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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