Admittedly, my blog was never meant to be a resource for job seekers. My focus is on the Executive Search space and recruiting. However, I am struck by what I often see as executives who seem lost in a quagmire while trying to find their next position. This is especially true when they have been let go for whatever reason. I find all too often that the individual loses their achievement drive and stop believing in themselves. They feel dependent upon a recruiter to help them find the next best thing. The longer that this process takes, the more disjointed the individual seems and more desperate they often become. My heart goes out to these folks as I have seen many of them struggle for several months in a strangely awkward place. They seem lost! Their confidence is shaken and it is as though they have forgotten who they are and what got them to where they are.
Once in a while I must exhibit some tough love to these folks. When I do, it usually looks something like this: “Listen my friend, you need to turn your search up side down and quit looking to others like me to be your answer. You are a successful executive who has managed to make your own success. You’ve got to dig deep to remember how you did it the first time and ignite that passion once again. You have to quit expecting another to advocate on your behalf. You must make your own success! Quit being passive and merely talking to recruiters and friends. Go outside your comfort zone and attack your job search with the intensity and vigor that you would if “finding a phenomenal job” WAS your job! Be your own consultant and advocate. Knock down the barriers in your job search just like you would if someone was paying you to do it. There is no better display of your passion and will to win. If you can’t do this on your own behalf, who else can?”
Sometimes, extreme times call for extreme measures. I don’t like being “that guy!” But, sometimes, I feel that it’s just what they need to hear in order to crank up their engine again and motivate them to snap out of it. If I’ve done this for you and it helped, great! If I’ve done it to you and it didn’t help, at least I tried. Godspeed!