If I really and effectively want to find a job, I should work thoroughly on the only thing over which I have control: myself.

At the moment, my recommendation if you are looking for a job is to develop yourself and change your perceptions, since in order to change and adapt yourself to this new situation you should also change yourself together with the paradigms that have governed your behaviour and attitude so far. In the current situation of unemployment and scarcity of activity, the search for employment has turned into a process that should be planned, followed and corrected, becoming a discipline. It is in itself an activity that includes all this and it is, in the end, your current job.

In all modesty and with the simple intention of helping, I have used the well-known book by Stephen Covey, “The 7 habits of highly effective people” to apply these seven habits to the search for employment. Since finding a job depends on oneself and not on the circumstances, this would be the new paradigm of effectiveness in the search for employment.  These habits work when they all are applied simultaneously; it is no good having three and leaving the others aside.

The first habit – Be proactive

Approach it as the art of making things happen; for this you should focus on what you can influence. You cannot influence the situation of the economy or that of companies that hire people, but you can influence the way you face up to the challenge of finding employment. It is not a question of acting on the company but rather on yourself, identifying the reasons why they do not hire you and acting on them. The positive attitude necessary to take on this process requires you to internalise it and try to keep it throughout the process. Improve your weak points and gaps, not only those you believe you have but also those that others perceive in you.

The second habit – Start with a goal in mind

This is the art of visualising your professional future. Is this really the job you want? If you do not want it, then you have not visualised it as your preference framework and consequently, it will most probably show during the interview. When you are interested in a job it should not be because you need work but because it forms part of the framework of what is important and desirable for you. It does not depend on the effort you devote to looking for it but on the fact that it is the job and market you want and for which you are prepared. Define what you want to be and the job that you would like, starting with yourself. What is it that really matters for you and personally fills you in your professional life? Do not look for just any job, but look for the one that fulfils your desires and aims in life. Like this you will certainly stand out in the recruiting process.

The third habit – Firstly, what comes first

Establish and define a plan of priorities. Specify your commitments. Right at the outset draw up a road map on which you define your goals (bear in mind the other habits), segment it in such a way that you could fulfil the milestones of your planning. The process could be a long one – bear this in mind. This will allow you to identify what is important in order to achieve what you have proposed.

The fourth habit – Think of winning / winning

Mingle with others, trying to get everybody to win. For example, if you use your contact network as an instrument for losing / winning, it will not work. When you relate to others think how you can help them, whether it is the human resources manager in a company, a recruiting consultant, a referrer or an ex-workmate. This type of winning network requires a lot of dedication and effort to construct – but it works. If you help you will be helped. It is not a question of an attitude of I lose so that others win, but of the fact that I also win if others win, i.e. it forms a philosophy in which you think about others, not about yourself and your circumstances, but rather about those who intervene in the process. Think about how you can be useful to them. If you do this you will be useful to yourself in your search for a job.  Remember that most jobs are not published and are filled in an informal way through references.

The fifth habit – First try to understand and be understood

It is necessary to understand and comprehend the environment we move in; if we are not capable of doing this it will be difficult for us to take the right way to where we want to go. This is applicable to ourselves, to what companies need, why they hire some people and not others, why I did not pass an interview, why this company hires a certain kind of personnel and not another. Understand how others move rather than thinking about yourself and your skills and experience. This is history; what matters is the present; understand and comprehend what the market is demanding.

If you understand others and their needs, you will understand and know where your next job is.

The sixth habit – Synergise

This is the art of humility and at the same time, creativity. You cannot know everything and you might know this, so use what you know best to compensate for what you do not know. Analyse how others see and perceive you in order to improve. Always think positive. Talk with people and companies that think differently from how you have approached the search and listen to them. Be different but be aware of your limitations and look for resources that help you overcome them. Constantly widen your circle of influence as a way of applying all the habits, and do it in a creative and constructive way. The wider it is the more possibilities of finding a job you will have.

The seventh habit – Sharpen the saw

This is the art of being ready and taking the time necessary to be ready. If you have not taken the time necessary to apply the previous habits you will not get there. Prepare yourself psychologically for the long way you have decided on; you should be capable of planning achievements and taking a step back to see how you are moving forward in the search for employment. While you look for a job, feel accomplished; searching for employment at the present time requires an attitude and philosophy that allow you to set out on the journey in a positive way. Candidates who do this and are prepared are successful.

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