Every married man knows what a "Honey Do" list is. It's the list of things that need done around the house that your beloved spouse comes up with on a regular basis and hands to you for execution. The message she is sending is quite clear: Get it done.
Yesterday I read an article by recruiter Shala Marks, called "4 Habits of Highly Successful Job Seekers." She says that the most effective are Proactive:
"Successful job seekers aren’t successful because more opportunities fall into their lap. They’re successful because they make it a point to get out there and find chances to make things happen. They’re also ever-prepared for the next good thing to come along."
I agree. I would add the following: They make things happen by doings things that are on their own self-generated "To Do" lists.
What's on your list of things you intend to do this year?
One of things I encourage you to include is a Learning Project.
Canadian educator Allen Tough (who passed away last year) wrote a classic book, called The Adult's Learning Projects, back in 1971, that should be a tool in every job hunters toolkit. His key idea was that the most meaningful "to do's" are projects of your own choosing and your own design that are aimed at improving yourself in some way. It could be learning something (e.g. a language). It could be changing something (e.g. studying yoga to improve your health). It could be exploring something new (e.g. reading a book outside of your expertise).
The genius in Tough's idea is that the more motivated you are to undertake this personal growth project, the more meaningful it is for you, the more likely you will have the energy to see it through.
So, what Learning Project will you select and place on your "To Do" list? How will it help you reach a goal you have set?
Note: Here is the link to Shala Marks article: http://www.recruiter.com/i/4-habits-of-highly-successful-job-seekers/
Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and via his website: http://about.me/terrenceseamon