|While in Transition, Focus--But on What?
by Alex Freund
I for one fully understand those in transition. I’ve
been there at times myself--and for way too long. Life
for the unemployed is hugely confusing. The quasi life
equilibrium that used to exist before the transition
period has been lost. And everybody you know seems to
want to be helpful by giving you (nonprofessional)
advice, which can add another layer of confusion to your
bewilderment, thereby causing further disorientation.
So, what’s the best thing to do to get back on track,
get a job, and reach a life balance again? The answer
may seem too simplistic: FOCUS.
You’ve probably heard the cliché “If you don’t know
where you’re going, you’re going nowhere.” How true, so
therefore you need a path, a direction, and a huge
amount of mental energy to stay focused on the right
The following (professional!) advice is paraphrased from
a recent networking presentation given by my friend Abby
who’s one of the smartest people I know in this
- Thirty percent of your time should be spent in
live networking. Sixty to 80 percent of people get
their jobs via networking. Think about how you got
your last job: probably by talking to someone who
put you in touch with others, and the next thing was
- Another 30 percent of your time should be spent
on applying for jobs online, generating leads, and
communicating via e-mail.
- Twenty percent of your time should be spent on
volunteering. It is critical for your mental health
simply to be with people, to get involved, and to
- The last 20 percent of your time should be spent
doing things for yourself. People are like
batteries: periodically, they need to be recharged.
In order to project to the hiring manager via the
interview that you are the ideal candidate, you have
to feel good about yourself. So, whatever makes you
feel that way, do it!
By following these guidelines, staying focused, and
cultivating perseverance, you’ll be handsomely rewarded
with a job you deserve.