5 kinds of people you need during your job search

5 kinds of people you need during your job search

There are 5 kinds of people you need during your job search. Searching for a job is a challenge unlike any other. You will be faced with a variety of emotions and experiences. We all know you’ll have some up’s and down’s.

While relatively innocent in nature, a challenging job search (even on the easy days) can knock even the most confident and sane individual off their feet. But similar to the variety of challenges we face in life, the challenge of seeking employment is far easier to tackle when surrounded people to help.  We all need those who can assist in a job search.

These are the people who will help lift you up on your worst days.   They can  challenge you to improve yourself in areas where you’re weak.  Your friends can coach abd guide you toward your career goals. They are your support system, but I believe it takes far more than support  to complete a successful job hunt.

Inspiring a successful job hunt often comes down to the individuals you choose to surround yourself with. Here are five kinds of people you need during your job search:

The Supporter

This person is your go-to for seeking out the necessary strength needed to succeed. Oftentimes this individual is a close friend, family member, or even your significant other. It’s not necessary for this person to have any job search expertise or even work within your chosen career field, their only duty is to lend an ear and the necessary encouragement to help you “keep on, keepin’ on”.

The Mentor

The relationship you share with this person is generally of a professional nature. Mentors are often previous or current co-workers, managers, or professors who are willing to act as a sounding board for all that you’re faced with during your job search. They can provide you with sound professional advice, as well as insight into their own personal trials and tribulations. When seeking out a mentor, choose someone who isn’t afraid to be critically honest with you–this isn’t a place for a “yes” man or woman.

The Friend

While many of the people necessary to the success of your job search may fall into the friend category, this person is strictly in place to help you do more than just search for jobs. That’s right–your job search needs someone who forces you to get out of your house to go see a movie, get a drink, or even just someone who keeps you laughing. Consider having an agreement where you must refrain from talking about your woes when you’re out and about.

The Motivator

Every job seeker needs a cheerleader. There’s really no specifications for this person, other than their unending ability to send good energy and motivational phrases in your direction. For some, this may be a parent, while others may find their strongest motivational confidant to be someone also immersed in the job search.

The Expert

Having a professional relationship–often considered to be network-based–with an expert can do wonders for your job search. This individual will act as your industry-insider and is likely to be a beneficial connection when it comes to finding job openings and expanding your network.

Sometimes a successful job search comes down to who you surround yourself with. While having these five kinds of people will be key to your success, there may be one person in your support system who plays a multifaceted role.

Who have you been surrounding yourself with during your job search?

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