Through my experiences in HR and Career Coaching, there are certain mistakes that I see pop up again and again from people whose careers are in transition – little detours people take that put them on a very windy path to career success.
That’s why I’m introducing a series of posts titled “Career Detours”, shining a light on these common missteps so that you can stay on the right path. You can expect one every week or so, starting today!
Detour #1: Not having a plan.
Unemployed job searchers often panic and dive into the job search head first without even looking to see if there’s water in the pool. Employed job searchers often feel that they have all the time they’ll ever need to find a job, which leads to procrastination and low productivity. It’s imperative to prepare a scheduled search plan. I can’t tell you how important structure is. Literally writing out where you’ll do your search from (be it an at-home office or a coffee shop), blocking off hours to pursue opportunities, and finding someone to keep you accountable to your search should be components of everyone’s job finding plan.
If you’d like to learn more about what goes into developing a career plan, check out my book, From Roadkill To Road Map. Also, please share any career detours you’re aware of, whether you’ve experienced it first-hand or have seen someone else fall into a common job searching trap!