Remember the Mission

Professional resume writers will all tell you that perfecting your resume presentation is absolutely crucial to your success. Dedicated interview coaches will make sure that you are aware that every little thing you say can be the one statement that secures or denies your future. Your executive tonsorial consultant will patiently explain that today’s executive is expected to have their hair communicate their management style in no uncertain terms.

Who’s in charge here?

Let’s take a step back and impress a business perspective on your search. You are in a job search, embarking on a career change, or launching your new venture with purpose and vigor, armed with a deliberate and well considered action plan, right? If not, take a minute, or ten years (whichever comes first) and get there, so you can receive the intended value from today’s blog. If you find you need help getting to Step One, feel free to, of course, contact The Barrett Group (end of shameless plug).

You are on a mission, and it is a business mission, even if the intent isn’t to necessarily earn money (although it is likely that this is a big part of it). Here’s what you need to do to clear your mind, and the air, so as to remove the obstacles that will invariably be placed in your way:

  • Always keep in mind what you are trying to accomplish, both short term and long term. If you are on the path to engender quality job offers, do everything that will result in offers building in a pile on your desk, and do nothing that isn’t related directly to that purpose. Be merciless, be honest and be real. Some people like lists: if making a list with two columns (result in job offers/not related to job offers) is helpful to you, do so and follow it as if your life depended on it. This may sound overly dramatic, but, in a very real sense, your future life as you envision it does rely on your efficiency and effectiveness in this process. A positive byproduct to adopting this attitude is that people will notice, and this will send reinforcing waves of good energy back into the process. Really, I see it all the time.
  • Do not be sidelined, side swiped or side barred (for you attorneys). Only you can prevent yourself from being distracted, dissuaded or distressed. Only you can allow yourself to do the same.
  • Remember why you embarked on this campaign and regularly envision your life after the successful completion of your quest. Don’t daydream, and don’t confuse the two.
  • Take the emotion out of it, for now: running your search like a business necessitates a level of emotional detachment, enabling you to make sober, logical and clear decisions as you move through the process, and erases the doubts, second guessing and fear. If you stay the course, remember the mission and work your plan, you will succeed. Then you can put the emotion back in and celebrate.

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