How Am I Doing With My Job Search?

Ed Koch, ex-Mayor of NYC, would famously shout out to the world, “How am I doing?” It’s a great question and one all job seekers should be routinely asking themselves. The dilemma is, “How do I know how I’m doing?” The answer varies depending upon where you are in the job search process. Products have a life cycle and so does the job search. The ultimate question is, “Did I get a job today?” Along the way ask yourself, “How many job offers did I generate?” “How many interviews did I generate?” “How many people checked me out on LinkedIn?” “How many emails from the right people pertaining to the job arrived in my inbox?” “How much certainty and confidence do I feel right now about my weekly activities?” The answers are based on knowing, “What’s most important to me right now?” “What am I focusing on?” and “What kind of results am I getting?” The bottom line is ultimately getting a job and yet in the moment that is not always the right question.

Since you’ve written crystal clear objectives that are specific, measurable, and achievable, (You did right?!) you should start there evaluating your progress. Each objective has a priority and each one has a way to measure the results. Thus, if your primary goal is finding a highly desirable job in your chosen field, you have various activities that support accomplishing this goal. Perhaps networking and learning all the complimentary skills involved in excelling at it is a focus right now. You want to evaluate your results in the networking process by asking yourself questions such as, “How many informal interviews am I generating to get into my target companies?” Figure out what are your priorities and then review and refine what you are doing in order to enhance the results.

There are significant tasks you can track such as, “How many interviews are you getting?” and, “How many target companies are you actively researching and working to connect with right now?” To answer the question you obviously need a list of target companies. “What you focus on expands!” and so keep your eye on the top priorities. Know how many companies you want in your target range so you have a criterion. If your goal is to target five companies each week, you can quantitatively evaluate the results. Quality counts too!

Ask yourself questions like, “How many recruiters do I want to be connected to and what kind of recruiters (and what quality) should they be?”

You want to review your progress routinely because the time passes by very quickly. If you having been searching for 8 months and you haven’t been checking progress it’s not too late to start now.

Depending on your proclivities review the results daily, weekly, or monthly. I review my progress weekly and I focus my weekly and daily activities based on what my company objectives are. Currently, I am deeply engaged in a project that is hands-on and I am involved in the mechanical and technical aspects. After one month I realized the results were lagging behind the schedule and the quality of the work was inadequate. I was frustrated and disappointed. Instead allowing the feeling of discouragement to take hold, I focused on creating an incredible solution. I made a decision, took action, and solved the problem. I feel so much better and I made a quantum leap moving forward with the project. I’m suggesting the same thing for you. Review and refine what you are doing. Be innovative and remember you don’t succeed alone. If you need help get it now.

For example, decide how many interviews you want each month and identify your specific system and process to get them. Review your goal and process routinely and make adjustments as necessary. Another example is adding to your LinkedIn connections. Set yourself a tangible goal and measures each month. You’ll need to continue reaching out to them long after you are employed anyway so make it part of your routine.

As you reach out to people for help getting informal introductions, be aware of how many are willing to help you. There may be improvements needed in the way you connect with people.

You also want to be aware of the events you attend, how much time is devoted to each event? How much it costs? and how you feel about the results you’re getting? This can be quite subjective if it’s an activity without a specific quantitative measurement and yet evaluate -anyway.

Motivation is essential to success. Measure your level of engagement.

Playing the job search game intensely is critical to success. Measure how fearlessly you are playing the game.

Think like the business person you are. A business owner consistently measure sales, gross margin, expenses, and the bottom line.

“What do you want to measure and track to make sure you are on the path to landing a job?” You do this because it’s appropriate to make decisions based on the facts.

You want to know which activities appear to be propelling you closer to landing a job. How professional is your web site and blog? What results do you get from them? How many LinkedIn groups do you converse with weekly, and how many responses do you get?

Next steps:

Start measuring what’s really important to you. I’m not suggesting you go wild and measure every step you take. I am suggesting you note the priorities and measure what’s happening in the most important areas. I do it manually in a notebook. You may prefer an Excel Spreadsheet. Whatever works for you set it up now and you will make better decisions everyday.

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