I can’t believe it: 45 days.
45 whole days have passed since I first announced on social media that I will blog everyday for the next 90 days on my progress in landing my dream job. I didn’t mind getting to the 1/3 point. I was positively hopeful in that post, but something about being halfway over has rattled me.
Did you honestly expect to land a job within 45 days or less? No, not really, though that would have been wonderful. I really need one.
I created this blogging challenge not because I had just started job hunting and thought it’d be fun. I did it because creativity was beckoning me out of the almost unbearable frustration with the job hunt. Prior to the blogging challenge, I tried for several months (technically years) to land my dream job with no success. One of my readers elegantly described job hunting as constantly ‘courting rejection.’ You either give up because it’s too painful or keep trying different things until one of them works.
The #90DaysToMyDreamJob blogging challenge was my way of trying something different in the hopes that I’d not only land my dream job, but also help others struggling through a similar experience. I suppose my discomfort with reaching the halfway mark then has to do with a looming sense of failure. I don’t want to let down myself down and I certainly don’t want to let you all down either.
So I’ve come up with a plan. It’s a three pronged plan to best help you through the job hunt and me to land my dream job within the next 45 days:
Exposure-Simply put: the more people read my blog the greater the chance of landing my dream job. My audience isn’t only job seekers, but also Hiring Managers, who have decision making power, and employees that have influence on these Hiring Managers.
How do I plan to gain more exposure?
Clearer and More Relevant Posts-I’m embarrassed to admit that it took me a bit to realize that some of my posts were hard to follow since I wrote them assuming that readers had been following the challenge since Day 1. Not so. People are busy! I can’t naively think that people will carve time out every day to read my posts (heck, you may have stopped reading this one since it’s long)!
How will I make it easier to follow the blogging challenge?
Feedback-There’s always a risk in encouraging input from others about your work. Writing to me is so personal and it’s painful to hear less than stellar commentary, but if people aren’t talking about your work then it’s not having much of an impact on them.
How will I encourage more feedback?
So there’s the plan! What are your thoughts on it? What other ideas should I try to make these next 45 days end in victory? What other job hunting woes do you want me to write about?
My name is Viola Minicozzi and I’m a HR professional looking to land my dream job in Phoenix, AZ. I recently decided to try a different approach to keep me motivated during the drawn out ‘job hunt.’ From December 1, 2015 through March 1, 2016, I’ve committed to blogging everyday on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter my progress in landing my dream job.
Join me on the journey. #90DaysToMyDreamJob
Viola. Vi. Vivi.