You’re an executive, a visionary leader who develops big picture operating plans and strategic roadmaps then delegates different roles to your teams to carryout as you spearhead the implementation. That’s been your M.O. for success throughout your career, so why not do the same with your job search?
First, let me say that no one likes looking for a job. Even executives who voluntarily elect to change positions in an effort to find a new, more challenging role or to advance their careers. Why? Because it takes time, commitment and some hard work. It actually goes against human nature, which is to take the path of least resistance. But these are people who consistently push themselves out of the box, who are not satisfied with the status quo and have the drive to excel.
Even so, there are times when these high fliers and hard workers believe they can delegate a job search or career transition to someone else. I’m here to tell you that while you should work with coaches and experts who will absolutely make your job search more effective and successful, you still have to do some heavy lifting.
For an apt analogy, let’s take a look at fitness and weight loss. Here’s a multi-billion dollar industry, capitalizing on human nature and our desire to find the path of least resistance. Instead of putting in the hours at the gym and/or the self-restraint and discipline of dieting, people want an easy alternative, the magic fad diet, the revolutionary weight loss pill, or the weight loss without working out; this when we all know what it takes, diet and exercise.
For a specific example of someone willing to put in the time, let’s take a look at quarterback great Peyton Manning. The future hall of famer had to sit out the entire 2011 season enduring numerous neck surgeries. He was written off by many for lack of arm strength due to the surgeries and time off, yet Peyton put in the work and came back in a big way. It took time, effort, thousands of throws, drive and determination. And yes, work with some great coaches.
As is often quoted, “anything worth having is worth fighting for.” People who are successful put in the time. You can’t delegate someone to run, cycle or workout for you, but you can hire a trainer that will make you more effective and help you achieve outstanding results. The same is true of a job search. A great resume writer and career transition coach can make you more marketable and a far better competitor in the challenging job market, but at the end of the day, it’s you who has to take the field in order to be a winner.