3 Ways To Find A Job By ... Not Looking

stop looking for jobs to find a jobBy Hank Stringer

Want or need to increase your position or move to a new company? Stop looking!

Here are three ways to find your next challenge by NOT LOOKING!

1. Stop fretting, calm down.

When we need work, when we want that position or raise, many times we start fretting wondering when IT will happen, questioning if we are doing or saying the right thing to the right person, etc. The world of jobs, finding and securing, can be like a jungle full of wild animals and those animals all have unique predatory and safety instincts. When people "sense" you have a need and are anywhere close to desperate, they react by hiding, evading or by taking advantage.

You know what I am talking about because most of us have been there either as a worker/candidate in need, or as one who has sensed the same in a co-worker or friend. Take a deep breath. List all your positive attributes and the goal you wish to achieve ... whatever it takes, stop fretting and calm down.

2. Stop using I.

When we have a need, we have a tendency to focus on ourselves, and why not? It is a jungle out there and this is survival. But know that when we open our mouths and start describing situations or experiences with "I" or "me," we stop listening to others -- and guess what? -- many times they stop listening too. Think about people you know who talk about themselves, as soon as you hear "I," that little voice in your head goes off -- "Oh no, here we go again" -- and you stop listening.

We want people to listen to engage, and we accomplish this by listening to them first, by asking questions and by showing sincere interest.

The Good Book says, "Do unto others as you would have them do to you' -- fantastic advice. Get rid of "I," stop talking about yourself and start asking questions -- start learning. You will be amazed at how many people will end the conversation -- after being listened to -- with, "Is there anything I can do for you?" This gives you the opportunity to answer with, "Well, as a matter of fact."

3. Just stop looking.

Well, at least all the time. Give yourself the time and opportunity to explore your world. Admit it, serendipity is a driving force in opportunity. Call it luck, divine intervention, whatever you want, but too many people will tell you that their career move came down to being in the right place at the right time, and not always in a work environment.

Should we do the work to find work, or increase our position? Absolutely. Should we give ourselves time to stop looking, experience our world and take what comes our way? Absolutely.

If you hear a conversation of interest at the coffee shop, enter in, question and listen. If you see something of interest like, maybe, an art show, the architecture of a building, a not-for-profit doing good work -- stop looking and go see or get involved. You never know what you will learn, who you will meet or what opportunity may be waiting around the corner as a result.

Finding, sometimes, requires that we stop looking.

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Like having dates, gets you more dates. Having a job seems to be what you need to get a job. I decided (coincidently) just last night that I was not going to look any more. Give myself a humiliation break. But here I am at 5am filling out any application that comes close to what I can do. Last Friday, my boyfriend was called into the bosses office and let go out of nowhere.. no explanation, no closure. Just, see ya! gimmie your keys. And he was well liked and depended on, too! Man, you never see it coming. Night everyone, have a nice Monday. I'm going to try and go back to bed..Try to be there when he wakes up and remembers that it's monday and he has no job to go to.

October 24 2011 at 5:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hogwash. The person who wrote this has never faced 'the turning away'. You job advice people should realize that a lot of people who read your claptrap are desperate. This is not a game, Zen, ha why don't you just go ahead and kick us too. You have no idea just how desperate we are.

October 24 2011 at 3:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have tried both looking hard and not looking! Nothing seems to be working!

October 23 2011 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who writes this crap? Let me stop looking; Im sure my bills will just disappear.

October 23 2011 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

yeah,right.......i've stopped looking for weeks.and no jobs have come......sofa king insane!

October 23 2011 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a bunch of unadulterated hog-wash. Would love to be there when you stand in front of the thousands of unemployed and spout this nonsense.

October 23 2011 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A bit simplistic. But last year at this time I had 3 jobs offerings, that just came to me, was not really looking. Still working too, for this I am grateful! Universe will provide.

October 23 2011 at 1:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Great Advice !

October 23 2011 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to chris46az's comment

yes, it is.

October 23 2011 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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