By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter
Searching for a job is wrought with misleading ideas. You may go years without conducting a job search, and then all of a sudden, you are smack dab in the middle of the job search desert, wondering which way to turn! Mirages create false hope, and you become weary in the search for sustenance. However, do not give up. A better understanding of the realities and possibilities during your job search can bolster results!
Here are three misconceptions about job searches and how to reframe beliefs and behaviors to move ahead in your hunt:
1. You can quit, be fired or laid off from your job and have a new job quickly, in the time frame you desire.
While you generally can find a job in somewhat short order, replacing your last job with a new, equitable position often takes weeks or months. Sometimes, replacing the compensation, benefits and responsibilities of your last job can take years. It can be a progression!
While job search from that perspective may sound depressing, don’t despair. The journey can be both enriching and growth-focused, and in the midst of the journey, you often step on stones that create new, unplanned traction toward your ultimate goals. Many people get stuck in a stagnant or bad role or a toxic environment. However, untethered from a languishing situation, the opportunities to seek out your next career phase mount.
To read the other two misconceptions about job searches and how to avoid them, visit “3 Job Search Misconceptions to Avoid.”