How to Find a Job in 2022

Story 1

I promise I’m going to tie it all to how to find a job in 2022!

A few months ago I was in Ohio, Hawaii. I went snorkeling at the beach where we stayed and I was … as they say, disappointed.

About a third of a mile outside is a reef that protects the beach from larger waves. Snorkeling anywhere within a third of that mile seems boring. There were no spectacular colors of coral, nor where there were fascinating coral formations. There were no amazing and colorful fish I expected.

We had to drive a few miles up the road to get much better snorkeling. At Three Tables and Waimea Bay we saw spectacular fish and other sea creatures! It was so cool. But I was sad that where we were it was … boring.

Months later I went back to the water of the property and tried it again. It was the same boring, but this time I went a little further. I walked as close to the reef as I could and found some spectacular coral formations. The more I went out the more I saw. I saw colors and fish I did not expect. I began to appreciate what was in my backyard.

I spent more and more time snorkeling out there, I even did some night snorkeling. If you’ve ever done this at night you know this is the time when all the fun (and deadly) things come out! We had flashlights underwater and had a completely different experience.

My point of view on how cool it was that backyard snorkeling reached 180. The more time I spent, the more super cool things I found. I had to look for things I did not recognize, or even knew existed (fire worms ???) after almost every snorkel. Even snorkeling during the day was exciting.

Story 2

As I dived around, looked at things and hoped to see the next coolest building or animal, I thought of the 80s when I was growing up in Northern California. I loved growing up in the 80s, even though I had no idea how cool it was.

I spent a lot of time cycling to the hills and looking for snakes. Garter snakes were the most boring, but I would still catch them. Bull snakes (or, mecca) were pretty cool, especially since they can be much larger than garter snakes. I really wanted to find California’s Snake King but never, in the six years I’ve been searching, have I not found one. I also really wanted to find rattlesnakes but these also slipped away from me.

Snake hunting is related to finding work in 2022

I found tons of lizards (mostly blue belly, also known as fence post lizards), salamanders, newts, etc.

I often came home with some cool creature and enjoyed learning about them, watching them move or eat, and so on.

Note: I know there are a bunch of people who think this is awful. I do not bring animals home like when I was a child.

I was known as the kid who always had a new snake or lizard or something creepy and creepy. I remember someone once saying, after finding a 3 or 4-foot-tall bull snake, “how come you always find the cool snakes?”

Snorkeling in Oahu for hours, looking and looking, reminded me of that question. My answer was easy: because I spend hours searching everywhere, under every rock, every log and every hole. I walk in the fields several times.

I think my creatures were related to my patience and tenacity. I would really spend hours searching, and I searched everywhere, day after day.

How to find a job in 2022

I think anyone who wants to find a job in 2022 should approach it strategically, of course, but also understand that it may require a lot of searching. Patience and perseverance.

I know you want a money ball to find a job in 2022. The closest thing to a money ball in any job search is targeted and strategic networking: information interviews is my advice. I did Pluralsight course on information interviews And a A six-week job search program focuses here on information interviews.

Information interviews can be difficult. They take a lot of work. You need preparation and follow-up. You need to get a lot of acquaintance and then continue in a circle of targeted networking as you get closer to the right recruitment manager.

“Hard” and “hard work” describe most job searches. At least with this strategy you will be purposeful and purposeful about it.

I think your results will be much better too.

But for this post, and regarding the two stories, I want you to think about patience and perseverance. Looking everywhere. Look even in the seemingly boring places. Take a look at your backyard.

Your job search may feel lonely. I was alone when I was looking for snakes, as a child, but I was so determined and driven that I did not feel lonely. When you are working on your job search plan, and communicating intentionally, you need to be busy enough with meaningful and rewarding work that feelings of loneliness are replaced with feelings of hope.

Career management in 2022

I want you to find a job in 2022. I want this job to be rewarding … a dream job! I also want you to think about long-term career management. There are three parts to career management:

  1. Your network,
  2. Your brand,
  3. Multiple income streams.

You can work on any of them during your job search. You have to work on each of these after you get to your job, and for the rest of your career. Do not disappoint your saving. Do not let your network be absent. Do not think that your brand does not need your attention. And definitely think about how adding other income streams can help you gain more control over your financial future than letting one boss take 100% of your income.

I’m talking about Career managementAnd other career topics, in some of my other Pluralsight courses here.

Accept on purpose. Be strategic. But understand that you will probably have to practice patience and perseverance when you go not only to the cool places but to the seemingly boring places. You may find these are great places to find beauty and relief from your job search (called: New Job!).

Here for you when you work hard to find a job in 2022!

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