The First Domino

I am often asked, “How long does the average job search take?” Truth be known, I don”t know. The only thing I do know is that the less the preparation – the longer the time.

Let’s face it, you now have a full time position and it is to find your next full time position. In order to perform at the highest possible level, you must be knowledgeable about the process and confident in your abilities to execute this knowledge.

Abraham Lincoln once said, when asked what he would do if he had eight hours to chop down a large tree, “I would sharpen my axe for six.”

The late John Wooden, basketball coach at UCLA who won more NCAA titles than any coach to date, never talked about winning. He preached preparation.
A few “preparation” questions to consider:
• Is your next step, in fact, another position?
• If not, what is it?
• Where do you see yourself in the next three years? The next year? The next six months? Three months?
• What new skills or new perspectives do you need to acquire to support achievement of your goals?
• What have you tried/thought of already?
• What are your key differentiators in the marketplace?
• How do you articulate your value?
• What does your networking base look like?
• What resources do you need?
• What are the roadblocks you expect or know about?
• What are you worth in today’s job market?
• How do you plan to achieve the top end of the salary range?
• What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
• What are the barriers from preventing you from being where you want to be?
• Who is your accountability partner?
• Why should someone hire you?

From preparation comes knowledge. From knowledge comes practice. From practice comes confidence. From confidence comes the courage to extend your reach.

Preparation is the first domino.

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