Focus on these three things when searching for a new job

When job hunting focus on the following three core activities.

I always advocate a similar amount of time for each one, but experiment with your own balance. The important thing is that you spend some time doing each one.

The three main activities that you should be doing to get a job are: Building Your Network, Job Hunting and Learning.

Building your network

Your network will lead to new connections and more opportunities. A wider network can lead to greater diversity of opportunities.

Job hunting

To get a job you’ll need to track one down so spend a significant amount of your time scouring job sites, planning your speculative applications, applying for jobs and updating your CV.


There will always be a job that requires some skill or experience you don’t have.

Sit an online course, connect with thought leaders or volunteer your time to a community project – these are all things you can do right now and they’ll give you more skills, experience and learning.

If you focus your energies on the three activities (Building Your Network, Job Hunting and Learning) you’ll increase your chance of getting a job and of you being the right fit for it.

To keep your job you need a big network

A good, but old, book to learn about networking is a book called “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty” by Harvey Mackay.

I originally thought it read “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirty” – I was 36 when I read it – I thought I was doomed.

The book is pretty dated now in the modern world of the Internet and Social Media but most of the concepts are still sound.

I liked this one from page “Harvey’s Top Ten List”

If you’re going to keep your job, your network has to be as good as or better than your own company’s.

You need:

  • Support and sponsorship in other departments besides your own, so that you’re able to jump to another department if yours is downsized or jettisoned.
  • Lines of communication that tell you what’s happening in other parts of the company-who’s growing, who’s shrinking.
  • An outsider’s objective view of your company and how industry wide trends are affecting your role in it.
  • Foreknowledge of what skills are going to be in demand at your company.
  • A backup strategy in case you are let go – in other words, a career network outside the company.

Think your company is going to provide you with this stuff? No way. There’s just you and your own network

Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty – Harvey Mackay –

Until next time.