Correcting Missteps

Right arrow in road that has been x'ed outIf you’ve visited The Job Quest over the past few days, you will have noticed that things look a little different around here. Oh, it’s the same blog you’ve come to know and love, but it’s a little sleeker, a little faster. Many thanks to Kim Woodbridge of (Anti) Social Development for all her great work!

Last year, when I moved the blog to its current location and had it designed, I didn’t fully know what I was doing. My designer at that time was awesome and did a fabulous job of creating the look of The Job Quest, but there were a couple missteps I discovered as the year went on:

1. I used a free blog theme. It was a nice enough theme and was able to give me a professional site. However, as the year went on and I added content to the blog, it started to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n. In retrospect, it was rather silly of me to expect a free theme that is not updated to be able to keep up with online technology that is constantly evolving. Lesson: Doing things on the cheap isn’t always the best option. Making an investment, when necessary, is a wiser choice that provides better outcomes.

2. I didn’t know what options I had with hosts. I just went for a well-known name because, well, they were well-known. Unfortunately, I had a few bumps in the road over the past year. Trying to navigate in my account pages was a nightmare — even finding the FAQs or a forum to ask questions took quite an effort. Having issues was bad enough, but adding all the extra time that I had to spend getting them resolved compounded it many times over. Lesson: Get recommendations before buying.

How many times do people do the same thing in their job searches?

They “go it alone” with trying to figure out how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of techniques, tools, and resources that are available to help job seekers succeed. And even if they do know about them, how easy is it to keep up as the tools themselves develop to be able to maximize their potential? In this case, as well, making an investment in a career professional who stays abreast of the changes in the job hunting trends can be a wiser choice that provides better outcomes.

But say they do recognize that having a career professional help them would be a benefit. Not knowing what to consider, they just randomly pick someone. That can work, or it can backfire. Getting recommendations is one way to help with the decision of who to work with on your job hunt.

In the end, the best choices are the ones that are going to lead to the outcomes you desire.

Image courtesy of Erich Ferdinand

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