Job Hunting… What is it?

Notice how they didn’t say “Job Looking” or “Job Waiting”.

Have any of you ever hunted before?  I don’t mean for the other sock lost in the laundry or for your favorite pair of sunglasses though that too requires similar skills.

I do mean hunting for either an animal or plant.

What did it take?  Usually good hunters possess very similar traits.

  • Patience
  • Persistence
  • Courage
  • Being very familiar with that which you want to capture and it’s habits
  • Knowing the land you are walking through
  • Taking a moment to be happy with who you are

If you are new to Canada and British Columbia or even if you have been here for awhile, how well do you know yourself and how well do you know the world around you?  Is it enough to find a way of providing for yourself and your family, to find a job?

Sometimes a job falls out of the sky, usually not.  Mostly it is hard work.  Finding your way through a strange and what feels like a hostile environment to get that job is not easy.  Fortunately it is possible.  Many have done it before you and many will do it after you.

Some good habits of good hunters:

Patience: is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast. Hmmm I wonder why that would be useful.

Persistence: the quality of being determined to push on through obstacles to achieve your goal. An excellent trait but balance it with good judgment.   If something does not seem to be working do not continue to do it.   Meaning if you have sent out 30 resumes and have not had a call for an interview either review your resume (it may not be tailored well enough for the jobs you are applying for) or the type of jobs you are pursuing. (Employers maybe saying we don’t trust that this person is the right fit for us)

Courage: “Job Hunting” is not for the faint of heart.  Many get (dis)couraged. You may too.   That is OK.  Take a break to find the resources to carry on.

Being very familiar with that which you want to capture and its’ habits: How much do you know about what you are pursuing.  I saw a person the other day enter a restaurant at 12:15, the middle of a lunch rush, and wanting to speak to a manager about a job.  Not a good strategy.  Take the time to really get to know your industry.  When are the seasonal peaks in hiring?  What are the present market conditions like for the industry?  Who has just won a large contract?  For general information or maybe you want to put a finer point on this and ask who is the person responsible for hiring in this position.  A good hunter will not spend his day running around the woods trying to find his game.  They will go to a spot like a watering hole or pasture and wait.  Don’t waste a lot of energy chasing.  Spend it instead researching your particular employer and being strategic with your time and efforts.

Knowing the land you are walking through. When out hunting you do not want to walk off a cliff.  Take some time to find the lay of the land.  In job search terms this means knowing more about the local market conditions.  Many of you come from countries where manufacturing is the dominant employer and manufacturers are large of scale.  Here in BC most of the employers are small businesses serving the service industry.  How can you and your skills fit into the local job market?

Take a moment to breathe, smell the flowers and be happy.

It is possible.  You can do it.  With the right effort success will come.