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Written by Abby Kohut   

Although experts may have varying viewpoints as to the exact methodologies involved, leading motivational speakers and authors tend to agree on one fact: if you can see it and believe it, it will happen. No concept could be more appropriate for job seeking.

In her daily motivational blog, Jennifer Scott from HireEffect says, "If you write down what you want, you have the start of your plan, and the basis for your goal-setting. Draft your dream job description, the whole thing, responsibilities, compensation, location, all of it. Then, write your offer letter, and sign it to accept." Moreover, Jennifer believes that adding pictures of your ideal job improves the visualization. Select pictures of your future office décor or pictures of your potential customers for the greatest impact. You may even want to create a mock business card with your new title on it. In other words, create a "career vision board".

This concept goes hand-in-hand with an exercise that I developed for callers on my Career Wake Up Call two weeks ago. I asked my callers to jot down the specific tasks that they love doing at work on one side of the page and write the tasks that they procrastinate or strongly dislike doing on the right side. Then, I instructed them to target their search towards jobs that are filled with a majority of responsibilities from the left side of the page - the tasks they love.

This exercise, like a workout program you use to stay trim, won't benefit you unless you actually do it. Accept the challenge - do this exercise right now or schedule some time later when you can focus 100% of your attention on it. You may find, if you are completely honest with yourself, that you already know what your ideal job looks like. Once you have a clear picture of it on paper, you'll find reviewing it will put you back on track on those days where disappointments outnumber your successes.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Starting your search without first clarifying your goals is like getting on a rollercoaster that hasn't been finished being constructed. To land in your ideal job, you first have to know exactly what it looks like. The clearer the vision - the better the actions and the choices you'll make as you search for your ideal job.
 
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!