We constantly hear about the fearless leaders who blaze trails in the business world. Those leaders who we gaze at with admiration, not just because they make a lot of money, but often because they also command respect, demonstrate intelligence, and work in positions and fields they love. Rather than simply admiring these fearless female leaders, job seekers should apply a few of these trademark traits in their own job search.
Referencing Forbes’ list of fearless female leader traits, the first trait listed may be the most important: stay determined. Staying determined will be of utmost importance in your job search. Whether that means beating the odds and landing that incredibly tough job or picking yourself up when rejection knocks on your door, it is crucial to never give up.
Another quality of a leader is to be courageous. Taking risks in your job search is vital not to landing just “another” job, but to landing a job you love. You have to be courageous. A great example is the story mentioned of KeyCorp CEO Beth Mooney, who started out as a secretary at a bank, making just $10,000 a year. I’ll group this one in with their fourth trait, taking calculated risks, to save some time. Taking calculated risks requires one to be courageous, and both are necessary traits of leaders and job seekers.
As a job seeker, you’ll also need to think bigger. Leaders aren’t confined to what is right in front of them, and neither should job seekers. Your job search isn’t merely the listings on the internet; instead try other routes and methods to find job openings. You can network, go through an agency, or even ask the company directly whether they are hiring. Do what others aren’t, and you’ll find greater job success.
Finally, you need to remain disciplined. It’s important to have activities outside your job search, but true leaders stay focused on the task at hand–in this case your job search. Keep your head in the game, and you’ll find that your persistence will pay off in the end.
Follow the mantras of fearless female leaders, and you’ll find success is not only your job search, but as a future leader in your career.
Do you have any other leadership lessons you can apply to your job search? Let us know.
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