Looking for Work? Stop! And Do This One Critical Step

Michael Thomas Sunnarborg
4 min readJun 30, 2020

If you’re currently looking for work, you’ve got homework to do. But the good news is that doing this work will not only affect your career, but every other aspect of your life.

I’ve got good news and bad news.

First, the bad news: If you’re currently looking for work, you’ve got homework to do.

Homework? Seriously? I know, I know. Nobody likes to do homework.

But here’s the good news: This homework is something you already know well. This homework is on yourself. And the benefits of doing this now will become permanent.

In fact, doing this work will not only affect your career, but every other aspect of your life. It’s that powerful.

So, what is the homework, exactly?

It’s finding clarity. It’s becoming clear about what you really want and finding the words to say it out loud. And once you find your clarity, everything changes.

With more clarity comes alignment; with alignment comes more momentum. And with more momentum comes confidence. And confidence will lead you right to the decisions that will line you up with your next career opportunity.

But you’ve got to work at it. And I’m not talking about hitting virtual streets and pounding virtual pavement to find your next job. That’s so 20th century. This is about working smarter, not harder.

Making an investment in yourself always pays off.

The first step? Upgrading your old belief systems. Let’s start by debunking some of the myths:

Resumes are the most important thing. Resume, shresume. Many people still believe that a great resume will find you a job. Hate to break it to you, but your resume only plays a small part in the overall process-finding career opportunities are more about the connections you make and the conversations you have. Sure, a clear and succinct resume is important, but it’s only a snapshot of your past-the rearview mirror. Your focus needs to be forward-the windshield.

Networking is for finding a job. Slow down, Buckaroo. While making connections with new people may lead to opportunities to connect with others, which may lead to potential job possibilities…

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Michael Thomas Sunnarborg

Transformation Coach| Author | Relentless Optimist | HuffPost, Medium, Thrive Global Blogger. Find clarity & balance on your career path. http://bit.ly/2qV87pg