If you're on the job hunt right now or want to make sure you're in a job that's the right fit for you, you need to think about performance management in a new way. The old way of performance management is over. Gone are the days where you wait to be told by your manager or company how you're doing and what jobs are right for you. Today you have to take things into your own hands and proactively manage your own performance.
If you want to set yourself up for success at your job and in your job hunt, you need to build a new habit: tracking your performance week over week. I recommend setting time aside every Friday afternoon to reflect on your work and fulfillment.
Answer each question I've listed here thoughtfully and truthfully. This habit will help you build your consciousness so that you'll be able to speak with authority on your value, identify what you're exceptional at, and show how you'll be able to fit in at the company easily.
1. Were you in the Zone 1-5 times this week?
2. What caused those moments to occur? Be specific.
3. If not, what prevented you from being in the Zone?
4. Are you making progress on the goals you've set?
1. How would you assess your impact this week?
2. How much of this actual impact was in line with your desired impact?
3. If the impact was not in line with the desired impact, what can you do to shift this for next week?
Mindset and Health: Psychological Performance Barriers
1. How confident did you feel this week?
2. How would you rate the amount of negative chatter you experienced? What prompted these negative moments?
3. How disciplined were you in practicing actively re-wiring your negative thought processes to support optimal performance?
4. How effective were you at getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and prioritizing your well-being?
Effort and Commitment: Growth Mindset and Grit
1. How effective were you in believing in yourself and never giving up on your goals?
2. What distractions came up this week that prevented you from being focused and committed?
3. How can you avoid that going forward?
By answering the questions week over week you can more easily see what causes high or low confidence, along with when you're in the zone. By becoming an expert on yourself, you will stop fearing interviews and become a magnet for opportunities. Then you'll be on your way to your dream job.