Reflecting on a week that was a study in contrasts regarding the concept of “action”.
Earlier this year, I spoke to a room full of motivated, talented high-level business people in all professions eager to absorb better ways to connect with people to find a new opportunity. My average presentation just will not do for this group. We have to dig deeper with more sophisticated ideas than the average job seeker group.
This group always challenges me to be a better speaker. I can see the wheels moving as they figure out ways to incorporate my ideas into their process.
The next day I checked in with a private client. Jack is a mid-twenties engineer currently out of work. He is very quiet. He would be willing to do anything to avoid talking to people. He just wants to sit quietly in a corner in some business and engineer away.
He is very uncomfortable. His savings are running out. His family is running out of patience with him. His resume is ok but he has almost no LinkedIn profile. Unfortunately, his job search is almost non-existent. He is very smart but has no idea how to be smart with job search. Or with people for that matter.
I feel for Jack. He is stuck, frozen in one place. Jack supports my idea that some people are just not equipped to be job seekers. Every day he is stuck in this spot undermines his confidence and puts him further from employment with no prospects.
I shared with Jack the same concepts I shared with the Group, albeit a bit simpler since Jack is just starting out and not a sophisticated job seeker. Jack has done nothing in the last two weeks since our last meeting. He still has the same 8 connections he had two weeks ago.
These two groups represent the job seeker spectrum. The difference between Jack and the motivated folks at the Group is action. The group included quiet engineers so it is not the profession that makes the difference.
The difference is action. The folks in the group are motivated to action. They are resilient in the face of difficulties. They get up off the floor, brush themselves off and start again. They put disappointments behind them and seek out then implement any piece of information that can help.
This openness is what makes the group people such wonderful candidates! It is also what separates them from job seekers like Jack.
Job Seekers who are successful work hard at their job search. They network and get out there trying to make the connections needed to find a job.
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