Stop Looking For A Job – Start A Project


Years ago, business consultant and writer Tom Peters prodded everyone to Think Project, whether they were hourly employees working in the mail room or managers of a 200 person operation. The intention was to stop fitting everything (like your job duties) into this nice little box. Let's take that suggestion in another direction – stop thinking of your job hunting actions as tasks or things to do, and start acting like you're in charge of the biggest project of your life (to date). That is, getting a job.

Define exactly what the end result should look like (don't be vague – be specific) right down to the location, job duties, and advancement opportunities. Now chunk them down and map them out into well-defined accomplishments (not actions) that you plan to attain today, this week, or in the next fortnight.

Is there a particular area of ​​the country (or city) that you want to work in? If so, get moving on some project research. Are there particular kinds of positions that you feel you are best suited for? If so, do more project research; dig deeper. Why would you approach this step any differently than if you had a boss that was closely monitoring your progress? My guess is, if you were getting paid for this and you had a boss watching over you, you'd be as thorough as you might could. In this case, you are the boss of your project; treat it seriously.

Another important step for your project is to keep it visible. Get it up on a white board or on large sheets of paper taped to the wall. Use a separate page for each project step and explode it into all of the steps you plan to accomplish, in logical order. Or, if you prefer to be paperless, create an electronic version of your map for viewing on your mobile phone, iPad, or similar electronic device. The key is to keep your project visible and to refer to it often.

Be sure to review your accomplishments daily, just as though your boss was going to review everything the next morning. Grade yourself aggressively.

We often let ourselves off the hook too easily by justifying it with thoughts like "I've worked hard this week, I deserve a break," or "I can get this done tomorrow when I'm feeling more inspired," or the worst of worst excuses – "I'll wait until the end of the week, yesterday's interview went really well and it sounds really promising."

Move forward fast -> start mapping out your project immediately.


Source by Jeff Pasquale