It is OK to ask for help during your job search!

I’m not sure if we’ll ever figure out exactly why asking for help during a job search makes most people feel so, well, helpless. It’s a straightforward thing, right? If I had to guess, I’d say it has to do with wanting to prove you can do it on your own. Has that attitude helped you recently find a job?

There are people you know that want to help you.

That’s why today, I’m talking about a few reasons why it’s perfectly OK to ask for a little assistance when you need it. Seriously, take my permission to reach out to your network and to hire your personal coach.

You Don’t Know Everyone on the Face of the Planet

I don’t doubt that some of you are social butterflies who can hold your own in a crowded room full of people. However, even if you are, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone on the face of this Earth who knows everyone.

And when you want to meet someone, what do most people tell you to do?

They tell you to tell all your friends and family what you are looking for.

This takes a little slice of humble pie, but the truth is that you don’t know everyone, and most of the people you come across will understand that you need a bit of help.

You’re Not Bothering People as Much as You Think You Are

OK, you might annoy someone if you send an email that says, “Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but you know someone at a company I want to work for, so please email me back as quickly as you possibly can.” However, if you put a little thought into who you ask for help, and how you approach those people, the odds are that you won’t bother them.

Personally, I’ve been asked to review resumes and cover letters, make introductions, and just provide general career advice by people I barely knew. And you know what? Most times, I didn’t mind at all.

You’re Not Obligated to Reciprocate Right Away (or at All)

For most people I know, the toughest part of asking for help is wanting to return the favor ASAP.

In most cases, if you put some thought into the types of people you reach out to, the ones who do lend a helping hand will find a lot of satisfaction in simply being a good friend.

Honestly, rather than worry about paying it back, focus instead on paying it forward. When you’re in the place to help someone, do it.

Asking for help is tough, and since you’re really awesome, it’s probably not going to come naturally. While you might not love the idea of admitting you could use assistance, you’ll ultimately make your job search a whole lot easier if you swallow your pride, figure out who can help you, and go out and ask for whatever you need.

Ask me for help, that is what I do everyday in my coaching programs.

Let’s hop on a FREE Introductory call, you will see how easy it is to ask for help during your job search.