ISSUE FOUR: I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT I DO
I recently accepted the recommendation of a friend and signed up with a career advisor to help me identify new approaches and opportunities that I may have been missing in my job search.
As my new advisor puts it, there is a difference between the passion I put into my work and the passion I put into my job search.
I truly enjoy my work: I love the challenges of tackling multiple issues; collaborating with a team to build out a new business or technology; redesigning an existing systems architecture or business processes to reinvent a division; overcoming a competitive or technological setback; or the pre- and post-transaction efforts of a merger & acquisition. I am very good at seeing the larger challenges across business units, creating integrated solutions based on best practices across industries, technologies, methodologies, and business practices, and optimizing processes to advance the business.
There is a deep and complex emotional element to anyone's job search.
So how can I portray that passion in a resume or an online application? And, how can I keep up that passion and excitement during my job search, especially in light of the current economic situation?
One thing I have learned over this past year: throughout this job search process, when I follow and maintain very specific goals, driven by my job search project plan, and designed to keep my leads pipeline full, it is very easy to stay excited and focused. Following a job search project plan and keeping track of my tasks and efforts has allowed me to see my successes, as measured by the number of opportunities, phone calls, initial interviews, return interviews and negotiating discussions I have had.
I have seen the flip side of that, as well. Maintaining that excitement and passion without a plan to fall back on is very difficult in the face of the frequent rejection that's part of a job search.
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