As we approach the end of the year, it’s common to begin planning ahead and setting goals for the next 12 months. This is a great ritual that keeps many of us focused on what we want to accomplish in the coming year. In addition to this, it’s also important to take time to look back at past successes - to celebrate your accomplishments. I have the honor of working with many high performing individuals who are always striving to reach the next level in their careers. What's quite common among these people (and most high achievers) is that they are typically forward-looking and assess their current success based on how far away they are from their "next level" or that next goal. I have heard this described as the "elusive carrot" syndrome and I think it's a great depiction of what's going on. As that carrot (which represents what we are trying to achieve) is dangling out in front of us, it always seems one step ahead of us and just out of our reach. As long as we assess our progress against that elusive carrot, it can feel like we are never getting anywhere. But, if we take a look behind us, the picture is quite different. I recently did this with a client who's striving to reach a higher role inside her company. She's not yet there, so it feels like she's not making progress in her career goals. Yet, when she looked back at the past year, she realized she had finished her master's degree, hired 12 new people on her team, successfully implemented several new programs across her company, as well as completed a senior leadership development program - which not only gave her exposure to the CEO and executive team, but allowed her to present to the company board. All of these things were clear indicators of her progress toward her goal. However, by only looking ahead at the "elusive carrot," she was unable to see just how far she'd come and all the successes she achieved. I am all for being forward-thinking and focusing on achieving goals. In fact, I'd much rather do that than look behind me; however, every so often, especially at the end of the year, it's really important to take a look back to see how far you've come. It not only will put you in a positive mindset as you set goals for the coming year but you might recognize you are much closer to that “elusive carrot” than you realized. This month’s development tip: As you set your 2013 goals look back at 2012 and document all you’ve achieved and accomplished this past year. Take time to pat yourself on the back. In fact, why not treat yourself to something special to acknowledge your accomplishments? Celebrate your successes – you deserve it! Photo Credit: Shutterstock
We get it. Looking for work can be scary, especially if you’ve been at it for a long time and haven’t gotten any results.
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If you feel like many of the job postings you come across in your job search are scams, you're not alone. You are not the first job seeker to tell me they feel this way. But we have to think about where this comes from.
The Job Application Process Is A Broken System
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Back in the day, a company would post a job in the want ad section of a newspaper, so you'd have to open up a newspaper, read through it, write up a resume and cover letter, and snail mail your application off to them. When the idea came to post jobs online, it meant more people who were the right fit could apply. But over time, that's broken down.
Now thousands of people will apply for one job when it gets posted. And many of those job applicants are not a fit. So employers now have to hire recruiters, who are also called sourcers, to go through thousands of applicants so they can whittle it down to about 50 qualified applicants. What's the rhyme or reason they're using to select some applicants and screen others out?
This is why you don't get called—because it's just so random.
After employers get down to 50 applicants, they look through those, find a few they like, and call them. That's why only 3% of people who apply online ever hear back from companies.
It's a completely broken system, so I can see why it feels like a scam. The whole thing is flawed.
So, how do we improve this system? It starts with making better matches, getting back to a place where only the right people are applying to the employer. We actually want fewer applicants, but more of the right applicants. That's the solution. And there are hundreds of millions of dollars in this industry trying to figure it out. But the one thing we have seen is that storytelling is one of the ways to do that.
You're going to see a rise in companies telling their stories. And there's a fancy term for this in our industry. It's called employer branding. Companies will tell their stories on social media platforms like TikTok so that those stories fatefully, naturally, and organically show up in your feed. But it's not fate, right? It's the algorithm at work—and before you know it, you'll start to see companies that feel like a fit. Then you'll go over and check them out. You'll see that there's a job posted that you're fit for. And this is how this matching process will start to fine-tune itself.
Right now, yes, you're right. Those online job postings don't work. They don't work for either side. We need a better system. And storytelling is the key. So go learn how to conduct a proactive job search today so you can finally land a job and work for an employer you actually like!
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