What's the Intensity of Your Job Search?

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One thing that the "experts" agree on and I wholeheartedly agree with is that you should take your job search seriously. But what does that mean really? Well the last time I went to the gym (I don't have a gym membership so it was about 6 months ago) I noticed that there were people huffing and puffing (me) and then there were people riding a stationary bike and reading a book and not sweating a bit.

Yes that latter group was also the same group that goes up to the other group and says that they are "naturally thin". Every so often, people say that to me too and it is such an insult. The truth is that at 45 years old I not only have to constantly watch what I eat but a typical workout for me is getting up at 5am and working out with a Master's Swim team.

It is pretty intense to say the least. On an average day we might swim 4200 yards. That's about 2 and a half miles with interval training (sprinting) and resistance (using paddles) mixed in. There's nothing "natural" about being in decent shape at my age, or at any age for that matter. I am constantly pushing myself past my comfort zone.

Success at anything is directly related to your intensity. Of course there are other factors like preparation, education, research and more but if you lack intensity then you are doomed to mediocrity at best.

One of my favorite books is "Outliers, The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell. In the book Malcolm explains how the most successful "any person" is based on an intensity that few people are willing to live by. In fact a common factor amongst some of the world's most successful people (I'm talking Bill Gates, top athletes, musicians etc) is that they committed a full 10,000 hours in their respective discipline to get to that level.

Few people will ever have that level of commitment in their life but the point is that success is not "natural". Success is dependant on your level of commitment to whatever your goal might be. Putting forth the effort does not guarantee success but not putting forth the effort essentially guarantees your failure.

In The Job Genius I will show you exactly how to focus your energy. Intensity is not sending out more resumes. I don't care how many you send out, that's a passive approach. Your activities need to be focused on proactive research and determined involvement.

So tomorrow when you go to the job hunting "gym" you need to be sweating and huffing and puffing and not riding a stationary bike while reading a book. Translated, that means you should be doing things that are uncomfortable to you like cold calling anyone in a company who will give you advice.

Colin Daymude, Chief Employment Officer at The Job Genius specializes in teaching active job search strategies that dramatically reduce the time a candidate spends in the market. He does this by taking Human Resources and Recruiters out of the equation. Download the free e-book, Getting Past the Gatekeepers at www.thejobgenius.com

You can also contact Colin Daymude on TwitterFacebook and Linkedin.

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