Overwhelmed by Opportunities?

According to CEO Update’s March 4th issue, new association job listings are up an eye-popping 45 percent in the first two months of 2011. At the same time, the article also says, some hiring managers are receiving fewer resumes.

After the multi-year recession, this is fantastic news for job seekers. It’s certainly better than the alternative! However, as with most things, there is a downside. Lately, I’ve had more than one person tell me they’re completely overwhelmed by the number of jobs they see advertised, and in the end, they don’t go after any of them.

If you fall into this category, you’re not the only one! Recently, I read the book, “The Paradox of Choice” by Barry Schwartz. One of the main themes revolved around the idea that too many choices can lead to indecision. This analysis paralysis can be just as bad as when there are no jobs advertised because they lead to the same thing – zero opportunities.

There are a few things you can do to motivate yourself to throw your hat into the ring when you see jobs that interest you. 

1)      Read the above sentence again – focus on jobs that interest you: If you apply to anything you’re a fit for, you’ll have less energy to go after those you really want.

2)      Niche – at least at the beginning: When you develop your target list, start with a manageable number by focusing on just one or two industries. For example, consider all the healthcare associations in your geographic area.

3)      Use your contacts to determine your targets: Since the majority of people find jobs through networking, it makes sense to go after the low hanging fruit first. Connections can go a LONG way toward increasing your odds of getting an interview.

About Charlotte Weeks - Executive Career Coach / Executive Resume Writer / Outplacement Consultant

Prior to founding Weeks Career Services, Inc. Charlotte Weeks worked in human resources at a national association, where she experienced the hiring process from the other side. She's also the past president of The National Resume Writers' Association (The NRWA). Charlotte specializes in providing C-level executives (CEO, CFO, CMO, etc.), association executives, executive directors and senior-level professionals (director, VP, SVP, etc.) with comprehensive career coaching services and high-ROI resumes. She is author of "I Want a Job in an Association -- Now What?? A Guide to Getting a Job in a Professional Association, Membership Organization, or Society" and featured author of "101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career." Additional book contributions include "The Twitter Job Search Guide," "Resumes That Pop!," and "Step-by-Step Cover Letters." As an internationally-recognized expert, Charlotte provides programs and documents tailored to each individual’s needs. To ensure that each person is given the highest quality of attention and service, Charlotte works with a limited number of new clients each month.
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