All job searches are not created equal
➔ People in the middle of a job search tend to love to hear success stories from people (regardless of age) who have just landed a new job. When you think about it, some of that love can be considered selfish.
Job seekers listen carefully to those success stories with the hope that they may be able to learn something from the other person’s success. And quite often, they can.
There is always a down side
When engaging with someone else’s good fortune, you may want to take it with a grain of salt. Just because they pursued one tactic (or more) which proved to be successful, that doesn’t mean that any one individual tactic will work for you as well.
As unique as you are as an individual, it’s not unlikely that you’re job search will be just as unique – and maybe moreso, if that’s possible.
The reasons why are as varied and complex as the jobs out there. Industries are different. Geography is different. The type and/or level of job can be wildly different.
Just because your neighbor landed a job through a professional society, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will too. Granted, that may inspire you to pursue a line of search that you hadn’t previously considered, but there is no guarantee that you will find the same level of success.
As ubiquitous as networking is in the job search universe, there are many different ways to network, approaches to networking and tactics to employ as well. This has never been more true than in today’s work-from-home, Zoom-meeting, pandemic-inspired lockdown world.
While there is a lot you learn and adopt into your job search, at the end of the day, your job search is just as unique as you are.