Developing Your Career

Tips for Avoiding “Paralysis of Analysis” in a Job Search

By Greg Simpson on July 23, 2012

How do you bring your ideas to fruition? Do you require a long incubation period to ruminate the pros and cons, or do you attempt to realize your creative vision immediately?

In a recent issue of Fast Company, Bre Pettis and Kio Stark introduce The Done Manifesto … 13 Rules for Realizing Your Creative Vision − maxims designed to aid the startup business. According to the authors, “The most precious thing you have is momentum – the energy that will see your vision through.”

In the job search, many of us may become so vested in making things perfect that we’re often held back by the “paralysis of analysis.” Maybe it’s time to jettison some of our conventional thinking and develop a more creative vision for action. Here’s how two of the “13 Maxims” could give you the advantage in a competitive job market:

  • Maxim #2: Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done. In other words, finish that resume. Understand that the resume is a living document that will evolve as you progress through the search. Still, looking at it as a draft will free your creative vision and propel you forward. So, enough already. Get it done.
  • Maxim #5: Banish procrastination.  Many highly-qualified candidates are stymied by procrastination. Develop a plan of action with a timeline and stick to your deadlines. If you wait more than a week to take action, abandon it.  Make that networking call.  Apply immediately for that open position.  Sure, you should be prepared with a plan of action to guide the conversation, but ultimately you just need to dive in. Apply the same project management skills you used in your job to advance your job search.

A sense of urgency and the ability to make quick decisions may end up being the difference between a successful and unsuccessful search. Creative vision is an eloquent turn of phrase that could just as easily be replaced by something in the common vernacular: “You snooze, you lose.”

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