Here we are in full Memorial Day celebration, the opening gate of the summer season. Now what do you think I see in my email list? 11 things ultra-productive people do differently. Ok, are you as tired as I am hearing about the ways super-productive people get even more out their activities? It just makes me want to yawn, lay back in my hammock and swing. Hey it’s summer after all. As one of my clients commented recently, “creating those impactful bullets to match the job requirements is a lot of work!” No kidding. Darn, and you thought you could take the summer off! Not a chance.
The trouble is the market advances, and although we might enjoy a trip to the beach or a summer barbecue, your personal brand demands your attention. It takes a long time to create just the right resume, LinkedIn profile and research list of top companies to target. Once you get those things squared away, they are doing some of the work for you so you get some time to relax.
At a recent Back on Track meeting in Coral Gables, one participant admitted to trying for over one year to find just the right role to move into. Nellie had taken a job with a company when she was out of work. It wasn’t the right fit and she felt underutilized in the position, but because at the time she really needed the job, she did her best to fit in and deal with a difficult situation. That didn’t stop Nellie from dreaming about the next role, and putting into place a plan to get there. She acquired new skills that were marketable. She researched the kinds of companies that could utilize these new skills, and ultimately found a position that truly suited her background and experience. They offered her more than she even expected. The toughest thing Nellie had to do was to tell her current boss that she was leaving.
Don’t let those dreams go unfulfilled. Rest in that hammock and think about how good it would be to find the right job and be appreciated for what you have to offer. Just don’t let the daydreaming go too far, get up and start making your plan with steps that you can follow. You can give yourself a timeframe to accomplish each step. Sometimes that makes it easier to achieve.
Don’t forget that there is a mental preparation too. You have to be able change the way you talk about your experiences and put them in a positive light. John Stoker of Dialogue Works (http://www.dialogueworks.com) gives insightful ways for you to change your reality through controlling negative thoughts and have a different perspective when you are in front of a hiring manager. Recognizing your part in creating a new positive reality will make a big difference in how you showcase your personal brand.