The following is a guest post by Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D., author of Want It, See It, Get It! (AMACOM 2009).
Using visualization can be a powerful tool to help you land a job – or create work assignments for yourself as an alternative to finding a job.
Many in your field may have undergone lay-offs or restructuring, so you can’t find the kind of job you have held in the past. If so, you need to think who you are and how the skills and talents you have can be applied in a new setting. Or you may need to think of what new skills you need to learn for something you would like to do. Or possibly instead of finding a new job, you might turn your skills into a service you can provide.
Visualization can enable you to imagine the possibilities–so you can come up with more ideas to choose from and then feel more strongly and knowingly what to do. In a sense, finding a job or creating new work for yourself in today’s tough times takes more imagination and creativity, but if you put the power of visualization to work you can do this more successfully.
To prepare for the visualization process, get some paper and a pencil or pen so you can note your great ideas or use a cassette recorder and talk into it, if you would prefer to say your ideas aloud rather than write them. Then, find a comfortable quiet place where you can be alone for about 20-30 minutes.
Now get relaxed, and imagine that there is a screen in front of you where you will see the answers in the form of images or words in your minds eye. Then, ask yourself a series of questions and don’t try to judge or rate the answers in any way now. You’ll do that later, when it comes time to prioritize and choose.
Then, ask yourself the following questions as relevant to your job search:
– What kind of skills and talents do I have? Just write down or record whatever comes to mind. Later, you can rate your strongest skills and prioritize by ranking them from 1 (highest) to 5 (lowest) which you would most like to use now?
– What types of industries might be able to use my job skills? Again, just write down or record whatever comes to you, and later you can rate the industries you prefer and prioritize them.
– What steps can I take now to approach people in these industries about a new job?
– How can I best present myself to offer these new job skills? What might I do to show that I can apply these new skills in this new field? Then, be prepared to put the best suggestions into action, such as creating a portfolio to show what you can do; getting testimonials from individuals or organizations where you have used these skills as a volunteer, etc.)
Or if you are open to creating a new business using your skills and talents, ask yourself the following questions:
– What do people especially need now that they aren’t getting from other companies or individuals?
– How can I apply my skills and talents to providing products or services to help others fulfill their needs and wants? Do this for each of your top skills and talents first; then go on to the next highly ranked group for still more ideas.
– What steps can I take to develop, promote, and provide these products and services? Create a list of steps to take.
– What do I need to put these steps into action, such as employees, materials, and contacts with other companies or individuals?
Finally, put these steps into action. Start now by taking the first step.
The advantage of using visualization techniques as you ask these questions is that you tap into your intuition or creative force within you to see and experience the answers. This way you can come up with more and better ideas in addition to a clear view of what to do to turn this ideas into action.
Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D. is the author of over 50 books and a seminar and workshop leader, specializing in work relationships and professional and personal development. Her latest books include Want It, See It, Get It!: Visualize Your Way to Success (AMACOM 2009) and Enjoy! 101 Little Ways to Add Fun to Your Work Everyday (AMACOM 2008).
Tomorrow Kathy Taylor will be tackling how to use LinkedIn on the job search.