Your Job Search Effectiveness is Predetermined

Can you predict your job search success in the future based on what you are doing right now?

Liz Lynch, one of the foremost experts on networking, is a guest blogger on The Personal Branding Blog. A few days ago, Liz posted a blog titled “Prep for the Future with Lessons From the Present

Liz wrote about why some job seekers might be falling short in their job search — and by extension – their career. Many candidates fall into what we call the “Circle of Transition” which is a difficult cycle to break where one jumps from one job to the next without an active management of their career. Frequently, they find themselves at the mercy of arbitrary management, poor job choices, and the economy.

Her recommendations, especially around building your contacts throughout your career is advice all job seekers should take to heart. It’s the focus of one of my favorite authors, Harvey MacKay, who wrote a book called “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty” – a profound recommendation for job seekers – most of whom violate this basic idea.

The Job Search you are conducting right now is predetermined NOT by what you are doing right now, but what you’ve done over the last 2, 5, 10 years to prepare for this moment.

Imagine looking into the crystal ball and easily predicting how your job search and career will fare in the coming years. Liz suggests what you do now in your job, skill development, network creation, building industry relationships, is the primary element of success in your future job search. The economy will once again sour in 5, 10, or 15 years. Will you be ready or will you be a victim of the Circle of Transition.

Why do so few job seekers consider that job search and career management are efforts, tasks, and processes successful people engage in continuously (even when they have a good job) compared to those caught up in the circle of transition who only consider tasks related to job search and career management when they need a job.

Will you be the one out of work for 18 months again, or will you quickly land on your feet within months of being laid off with a great new opportunity?

Learn more about the dangers of falling victim to the dreaded “Circle of Transition”. Download our FREE Graphic Representation of the “Circle of Transition” or listen to our FREE Radio Show Broadcast.


P.S.: Don’t forget to join our LinkedIn Job Search Discussion Group and join in the conversation on how to avoid falling victim to the “Circle of Transition”

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About the Author

Barry Deutsch is a founding Partner of IMPACT Hiring Solutions, co-author of "You're NOT the Person I Hired", and "This is NOT the Position I Accepted". Barry is an award-winning international speaker, retained executive recruiter, and expert on hiring and retaining top talent, and executive job search.


  • By Joni Fisher, September 14, 2009 @ 8:29 am

    Great advice! After 20+ years in the workforce, I have followed this line of reasoning throughout my career. With each and every job change I ensured that I picked up a “piece” of the “puzzle” so that with each job transition I had the ability the add value with each successive move. This journey has led me to opening up my own Firm and being able to see the “big picture” with regard to Human Capital and applying the lessons that I’ve learned along the way. I can’t stress enough the importance of sculpting your career.

    It’s amazing how clear the picture becomes in hindsight, as well as the value it adds in future Searches!

    Joni Fisher, CSP

  • By Barry Deutsch, September 15, 2009 @ 9:56 am


    Excellent comments about picking up pieces of the puzzle along the way. Unfortunately, most job seekers are not as insightful and keep making the same job search mistakes over and over – never learning and then adapting to improve their career management and future job searches/transitions.

  • By Brad Pouls, September 16, 2009 @ 7:36 am

    Very helpful information! Thank you!

  • By Bill Mokrzycki, September 17, 2009 @ 11:37 pm

    I would like to know how my current job search is pre-determined by prior searches and career decisions, and how to break the cycle of transition while unemployed

  • By Brad Pouls, October 4, 2009 @ 1:05 am

    Great info!

    Brad Pouls, CPP

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