The Elements of Job Hunting

The Elements of Job Hunting


A job is a means of livelihood. The search for it requires thoughtful planning and meticulous execution. An art of survival that like no other that needs attention on a daily basis.

To survive, like hunters of olden times, we need our bows, arrows and traps, bring ourselves to the location where the catch is, and of course, do the job. Search! Hunt!

Yet, simple as all this may sounds, there are still a lot of hungry (jobless) people out there, not to mention empty-handed (job) hunters!

And for the victorious, (animal lovers aside!) a rabbit for a catch may suffice for now. But honestly, wouldn’t a deer be nice?

The art of survival a.k.a. the art of job hunting demands we have an edge to rise above the competing masses to land our prized catch.

To do that, we need to be mindful of 5 elements: spirit, climate, territory, self, and system.

Spirit refers to what drives a person to work, his purpose in life, the primary cause for his wanting to go through a daily routine of sweat and grind just for that few dollars so that he could purchase the necessities of life, and perhaps, sometimes, even afford himself a little luxury or two.

Climate refers to awareness of the right moments in time to execute the proper actions conducive to achieving the target in sight, or simply, when and when not to do what is needed to get what you want.

Territory refers to knowing your ground and position, where you stand in the grand scheme of the job jungle with jobs that are currently beyond your grasp, and where others are in relation to yours!

Self refers to what capital is inherent in you for playing to the maximum whilst reverse utilizing your weaknesses to your advantage.

System refers to knowing how the whole game plan in employers’ recruitment processes goes, its loopholes, its weak links for exploitation, discovering the real reason behind every employment, and developing your own anti-system system to tackle this.

Paying attention to these 5 elements will bring one closer to the object of the desirable job whilst not being mindful results in recurring disappointments.

In the competition for the desirable job, one need only compare and analyse these elements in one with perspective to the multitudes, and forecast of the outcome will indeed make itself known.

For example:
Who really knows why he wants to work? If one does, then his inner desire will be aligned with his external efforts and there will be no conflict. Achieving of a desirable outcome hence is not overly hard.

Conversely, not really knowing, just working for the sake of working, or for motivations other than your own results in a failure that is not only perplexing to yourself, but also to others who are concerned about your welfare!

In a recession, the economic climate is not conducive for the job hunt. Knowing this means you should not just join the hundreds blindly applying for jobs that probably every other one is also applying. Rather, take a step back, wait a little, observe the job market, and realize that for for every yin, there is a yang.

Meaning – know that just as for every job that is being applied for, there are also jobs that are rejected by the masses for one reason or another. Applying for such jobs may make one seem like such a loser even though you may have complete monopoly of it.

Yet, rejects if used strategically pro tem may actually buy you the time whilst you hunt for that tiger or leopard (more lucrative job offer!) without going hungry and running on empty.

Remember, every job hunt, too, has its opportunity costs. A good catch does take time.

Buy time. But keep in motion. An object in motion tends to stay in motion while an object at rest stays at rest, too!

A job hunter on the move is better than one who sits around waiting for a rabbit to happen to run into his path.

You think you know what job you want. Dig a little deeper. Same job different industry? Same industry different job? What do you want?

In the former, you know your job, nevertheless, do you know your new ground? In the latter, You know your ground, so it seems. However, have you done your due diligence to learn what it takes to be in the job?

Job hunting is just like playing any other game. The stakes are high. You survive or you die. You eat bread or you eat crumbs.

What chips do you have inside you to play so you can win the game, and walked away with the winnings in the job casino of life?

Not much? What is your inherent capital? Your skills, your experience, your qualifications, your self-perceived strengths? And yes, your self-perceived weaknesses?

One man’s strength is another’s weakness. Is your strength needed in the job or is it your weakness?

Not being good in maths may not qualify you for a job in the financial industry, yet this very same non-calculativeness may just be what’s needed for a job in a non-profit industry?

You wrote in to a job ad, got lucky, landed an interview. You went for the interview, and came out with the outcome – “We’ll let you know once we decided!”

Decided? Really? Or have you just been dumped aside till they got what they want?

You got the experience. You got the qualifications. Was it your looks? Or do they simply just want someone of the opposite sex for the job? Or is it back to dollars and cents – you have priced yourself a little too high??!!

What do they really want? What is their selection system? Their bottomline for the right candidate?

You should know this before you even write in. And you should know so darn well about yourself – what you can offer that they will bite hook, line and sinker!

But how do you and how can you know this? What can you do about it?

Any job hunt requires the hunter to take upon himself to know about all these elements for a successful hunt.

At the heart of it all lies strategy and tactics – the line of attack.

To tell the truth is a pre-requisite on every job application form.

Still, no one will thank one for being brutally honest about every little wart about oneself.

A long job history with a jab at every conceivable job under the earth does not make one a very experienced worker.

Curiously, employers will be keen to know why the shelf life of every job went into is that short??!!

The key to a successful hunt is to be prepared.

Nonetheless, whilst all conditions for a kill may be present, their outcomes will vary with the exercise of choices made.

Principles remain, applications will change with context. Be adaptable like water, changing its form and state as necessary into liquid, ice or gas.

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