How to Take Action: 3 Mindset Tips to go from Zero to Hired.

So you're just starting out. Does it feel daunting? Here are 3 mindset tips to guide you from zero to hired.

“A year from now, you will wish you had started today.”

— Karen Lamb

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway.”

— Earl Nightingale

So you’re just starting out—looking to go from zero to one with a career launch (or re-launch).

Does it feel daunting? Overwhelming? Perplexing?

If it does, that makes sense! There are definitely multiple steps, and no shortcuts. 🙂 Here’s how to take action:

Like any worthwhile achievement, winning a job takes time, energy, and attention. You get what you give.

But unlike blasting out 300 resumes, a Crash hunt is engaging. It puts you in the driver’s seat of the race car. And that car is built to win (just look at what job seekers and companies are saying).

So to help make your hunt smoother, here are 3 mindset tips for how to take action, and to go from zero to hired.

1) Engage the Power of Non-Zero Days

You don’t need motivation, you need momentum. And action creates momentum. Don’t skip a day moving your job hunt forward. Take at least 1 small baby step each day.

Some days you’ll take several big steps. But if all you do on a given Sunday is look up new companies for 5 minutes, you’re doing way better than if you put in 0 minutes.

Make this a system, and you’ll watch the results unfold over time.

TK Coleman calls this Non-Zero Days in this inspiring 5 minute video:

2) Skip companies you don’t like

Forget applying to jobs “just because there is an opening.” If you take a look at a job posting or a company’s mission statement, and your gut tells you “I don’t like it,” then skip it!

Sure, you don’t want to be too picky when you’re starting out. But to pursue a job at a company that doesn’t sit well with you, you need to fake your enthusiasm in a pitch or interview. And even if you win the role, you will be less happy, and struggle to propel your professional growth going forward.

Don’t do stuff you hate! The opportunity cost is high. Invest your time and attention towards companies that interest you. Deep dive them, and send a value proposition they can’t ignore.

3) Seek small wins

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs”

— Henry Ford

Just like the Non-Zero day approach of daily small actions, keep yourself feeling intrinsically motivated by celebrating small wins. Scott Belsky (founder of Behance) calls this “short circuiting your reward system” and that’s exactly what you’re doing. Take note of what goes well each day:

You created time for 30 minutes of focused research? Small win!

You beat the resistance and began creating a project for a company? Small win!

You made three 3 takes on a pitch video? Small win!

Allowing yourself to note your mini-wins will tell your subconscious that the work is already paying off. And you’ll be pumped to keep at it! 🙂

How to Take Action

The next days, weeks, and months will pass no matter what. How will you create momentum today for your job hunt?