Job Hunter or Job Shopper

It occurred to me why so many individuals are struggling with running an effective job search. This economy requires a hunter’s mindset. Most of us have never really had to hunt for anything of any great importance. We shop. When there is something we want or need, we turn to companies and individuals who have assembled a variety of choices for us and we pick something. Very handy. Well, the days of browsing available jobs and picking one are done. Treating a job search like a shopping expedition is a mistake. Most people know this. Their minds are in agreement. Their actions have yet to shift to a more proactive and engaged mode.

What do we know about hunters? For one, they have an idea of what they are looking for. The target may be general and subject to change, but there is enough focus that you won’t find those seeking something with fur and feet in the middle of the ocean with a fishing pole. They know where they need to be and when they need to be there in order to have the best chance of encountering what they hope to find. Job seekers without a target lose the ability to intentionally plant themselves in the path of opportunity. They might as well be shoppers wandering a mall hoping something will jump out at them.

Second, hunters pay attention to what’s happening around them. Their eyes and ears feed them the information they need to increase their odds of success. Where others rush by and see a patch of trees, the hunter can spot the deer blending in with the scenery. I’m sure they shake their heads when people say “there’s no wildlife here” the same way I shake my head when I hear job seekers say “there aren’t any jobs.” Folks, you’ve got to stop, look and listen. I’ve yet to encounter a job seeker who is up to speed on all of the trends, events and developments in his industry, profession and community. All three count. All three can provide clues to where opportunity awaits.

Third, hunters know the benefit of staking out their own spot. You won’t find 150 of them huddled around a tree waiting for a deer or two to pass by, the way you find job seekers lined up at career fairs. No wonder some employers at these events look like scared animals.

Finally, hunters adjust. They understand timing, current conditions, location and the tools they have at the ready can all change they way they have to go about finding their target. They realize just because what they seek isn’t as easy to find as it may have been before, doesn’t mean it’s extinct. What they want is still out there. It’s just moved or disguised itself. Shoppers don’t bother to consider why they may not be seeing what they want. They see an empty shelf, consider the option out of stock and move on to the next store with the hope it has a better selection.

These are just a few examples. Do what you can to get in the game of hunting for a job. It’s actually satisfying and fun. I also hear more people speak of  “Buyer’s Remorse” than “Hunter’s Remorse.”  Perhaps that’s because shoppers are more inclined to make impulsive decisions that aren’t in their best interest, while hunters have been deliberate with their pursuit and capture.

1 Comment

  • Donna Goulet says:

    Excellent way to put it! Job seekers should be more like hunters and persue companies.

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