One of the metaphors I use with my Career Coaching and Counseling clients who are in a career search is based on America’s Pastime: Baseball.
If you want to hit a homerun, you need a bat. That may sound incredibly obvious, but it’s an essential resource to the game. And in the career search game, too many people don’t have a “BAT” – an acronym connecting three essential resources to job hunting. BAT stands for Behavior, Attitude and Techniques. If you have a good handle on these three things, you can feel free to swing for the fences! But before you step into the batter’s box, let’s talk a little more about your hitting strategy.
- How many hours a week have I set aside to work on my career search?
- What am I going to do during that time?
- How do I stay on my marketing plan?
- How am I paying attention to detail, following up with people who promise, “I’ll get you some names”?
Your answers to these questions will tell you a lot about your career search behavior.
- Am I making false assumptions that position me as the victim?
- Do I project rejection?
- Do I find myself defending my past?
- Can I say that I am worthy of finding a real career match?
I can never reiterate it enough: stay positive!
Ask yourself if you can say the following:
- I have a real marketing plan with measurable results.
- I have developed my own brand that I’m known for in the industry.
- I have a compelling message that engages the listener to actively participate in my career campaign.