I had an interesting discussion with a client the other day. She is a seasoned professional with a strong background in sales who has been in the job market for almost a year. We talked about the elements of my “Smart Job Search” strategy. I proudly showed off my “new” cutting edge ideas for finding a job, we expanded our chat reviewing what we each believed to be the key traits and actions of top sales professionals. It was a great discussion, and one that I really enjoyed. We came around to an agreement that at the top 3 traits of an outstanding sales person is also useful for the job seeker…The Smart Job Seeker. So here are traits:
1. Confidence & Courage – a strong belief in yourself, and a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone.
2. Tenacity – A job search is challenging, and it takes a strong determination to keep a firm grip on looking for that right opportunity.
3. Empathy – learn how to think like potential employers, hiring managers, and interviewers, if you feel what they feel, you will find more opportunities.
So much more can be written about each of these three traits. And truly there are other success factors. But if you focus on these three, you’ll always be moving in the right direction. And the best thing about them? All three are personal choices. You can choose to embrace and exhibit these traits on the daily basis!
Live each day with confidence, courage, tenacity and empathy!! – Now that’s a smart job search.