Over the last few months, I have been primarily focused on sharing ideas and content on the hiring and recruiting process. This has been my focus primarily because I spend a large part of my time either recruiting or hiring.
However, over the last six months I have expanded my role to include executive placement, and this means I have more in-depth conversations with what I call job seekers. These are individuals who are either currently working and are ready for their next career opportunity, or those who are unemployed for a myriad of reasons.
While I am passionate about the hiring and recruiting process, my ultimate fulfillment comes from interacting with people and helping them either find the right employee or the right company. Also, I have noticed in working with companies throughout the hiring process that understanding and appreciating the mindset of the job seeker is a critical part of that process.
In my experience, companies that understand this mindset are looking at their candidates as much more than just a number. They approach them from a position of understanding how important the job seeker role is for us as humans.
Consider this—when we are seeking our next opportunity, we are at one of our most vulnerable points in life. Whether someone is currently employed or not, when they are ready to make a career change or are forced to make one, they are essentially starting over. This can be a mixed bag of emotions—exciting and scary at the same time.
I have found this intersection provides the opportunity for the job seeker to reflect on many aspects of their lives. Specifically, they usually think about the following:
- Their current, and future, financial situation
- Their hopes and dreams that might or might not have been fulfilled
- How their career affects their spouse, kids, family, etc.
- The legacy they want to leave
- Their purpose for work and life
Over the next few weeks, I want to explore the mindset of the job seeker and what they can do to make it easier to find the right opportunity. I will address topics such as how to look for a job, how to find a job quickly, how to pick a company, whether to stay at a job or not, how to ask for a raise, what to do if you or your partner gets laid off, how to pivot to a new career, and how to balance work, life, meaning and the grind.
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