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Are you collecting job-search information the
same way you did 10 or 20 years ago? Or are you
constantly searching the Web for newly evolving
information and strategies, even if they seem like
a long-shot? Your job-search methodology may be
driven, in part, by your personality type and your
preferred information-gathering style.
For example, do you ascribe to the old saying, "If
it ain't broke, don't fix it"? If so, you may feel com-
pelled to stay with traditional methods, such as
responding to job postings, especially if that is how
you found your previous jobs.
But (and this is a BIG but), times are constantly
changing and that method may no longer be very
effective (some would argue that it never really was
Just as the Pony Express gave way to the telegraph,
which in turn was supplanted by the telephone,
wireless communications, and real-time texting and
tweets on Twitter, you may need to examine your
information-gathering style and adjust it to encom-
pass new ideas and tools.
What Is Your Style?
Why is it important to know your information-
gathering style? The bottom line is that it has a huge
impact on your job search. It plays a large role in
what kind of information you seek, where you seek
it, and what you are willing to trust. It influences
your job search research, including your search for
job leads, job postings, opportunities in the "hidden"
job market, company information, interviewer back-
ground information, networking prospects, industry
and market trends, and much more.
If, according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indi-
catorTM (MBTI®) assessment, you prefer Sens-
ing (S), then you may:
• Be alert to specific details and facts,
• Trust sources that have been proven successful
in the past,
• See information pathways as linear and deep (like
• Be critical of new (unproven) information,
• Follow a step-by-step process with a clearly defined
• Confine your searching to methods you already
• Have difficulty determining which facts and details
are most meaningful.
If, instead, your MBTI® preference is for Intu-
ition (N), then your inclination to amass and
sift through information may:
• Be drawn to paying attention to the "big picture"
and information patterns,
• Trust your intuition and hunches about the validity
• See information pathways as multiple and inter-
connected (like a spider's web),
• Avoid traditional methods as uninspiring and
• Follow a more erratic, spontaneous process with
• Glory in learning about and using new job search
• Have difficulty focusing on and remembering con-
crete facts and details.
Adjust Your Information-Gathering Style
Learning to modify the way you accumulate and
pay attention to information is possible. Despite
your natural inclinations, you can consciously take
control and strive for a more balanced approach.
Remind yourself of your information-gathering habits
and ask the following questions to keep you on track.
If your MBTI® preferred style is Sensing, you
may want to ask:
• Am I ignoring or overlooking potential opportu-
nities just because they are new sources of infor-
• Do I tend to criticize new job search and career
ideas and information as a knee-jerk reaction?
• Is there a discernible pattern in the facts and details
that might be important for my job search?
• Am I reluctant to learn about new job search
tactics, such as pursuing employee referrals?
• Do I keep amassing more and more information,
hoping that the "perfect job" will be revealed?
• What constitutes credible information? How
could new ideas be seen as credible?
If Intuition is your information-gathering Style,
you could benefit from asking yourself:
• Am I overlooking or not remembering key facts
relevant to my job-search target?
• Do I tend to disparage "old" job-search ideas and
information simply because they have been around
• Am I so caught up in patterns and possibilities
for future job-search action that I miss the simple
opportunity right before me?
• Is researching on the Internet taking all of my
job-search time because I get distracted so eas-
• Do I flit from topic to topic with no priorities or
• Am I enthralled by every new idea and tend to
forget what I am researching?
Balance Is the Key
The benefit of adding balance to your preferred
information-gathering style is that you can use the
best aspects of both the Sensing and Intuitive modes.
For example, facts and details in the context of the
larger picture can provide you with more and better
avenues for job search action. Let's say you uncover
a job lead on Twitter (fact). How about researching
that company and industry for critical problems and
trends (larger picture) before you make contact?
Knowing the facts and the big picture, you can posi-
tion yourself as a knowledgeable and potentially
Determine how you pay attention to information,
where you look for it, what it takes for you to trust
it or not, and if you act on it. Ask yourself ALL of
the above questions to strive for balance when gath-
ering and reviewing information. Whether your per-
sonal style is Sensing or Intuition, you can expand
your outlook and alter your job-search habits to
encompass a more well-rounded approach. The pay-
off could be a stellar opportunity you might have
previously overlooked because you were either focused
on minutia or daydreaming about possibilities!
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