I am going through an awesome video interview I had with David Perry, author of Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters, and in our discussion a job coach named Juan says:
“I tell my guys that if they are looking for ‘any’ job, then they aren’t really looking.”
I totally agree.
“Can you help me find a job?”
“What are you looking for?”
“Anything, really. Anywhere.”
This means, NOTHING. I’m looking for NOTHING. I’m not even in a job search!
When I first started JibberJobber, many people I talked to would say “how can I help you?” They sincerely wanted to help, and would have. My pathetic answer was “I have no idea…!”
And so no one helped me with what I needed, because I couldn’t communicate what I needed.
“What do you want for dinner?”
“Anything. Except… whatever you are going to suggest to me in the next few minutes.”
If you know what you are looking for, you can do a targeted job search. Your network contacts will know who to introduce you to, and how to help you.
Don’t look for any job… figure out what you are looking for, and then go after it.