Divergent Thinking – think differently when searching for a job
Divergent thinking is a thought process to generate creative ideas and to discover as many solutions possible in the shortest time. Why not apply this procedure to the job search? Daniela Kapl, IT Recruiting Partner at epunkt did exactly this. She discovered countless possibilities and professional profiles, above all, she found out a lot about herself.
And this is how it works: Order follows creativity
In divergent thinking, many ideas should be written down in a defined period of time completely free of conventional way of thinking. There is no "right" and "wrong" and as many solutions as possible should be written down for a problem. In our case, regarding "Job search" says, Daniela Kapl.
Techniques for divergent thinking are for example, classical brainstorming, and free writing or subject mapping. It is helpful to watch TED Talks, run or paint to get all riled up. Even a cup of coffee can help to stimulate creativity and to raise our ability to think. Furthermore, it makes sense to carry a creativity diary to write down thoughts that pop-up regarding a topic at all times.
Structure follows the creative process. In convergent thinking, ideas and information are finally clustered again and a connection is established with the ideas.
Adventurous job search – wander off the beaten track
The job search is an adventure and begins long before the first job. Not uncommonly, one leaves their training facility with readymade and relatively clear drawn images of their future employer. The first contacts are already forged during the education and training at career fairs, company information day and the rest, always reads tempting job offers of well-known companies, family and acquaintances advise them for secure jobs at traditional companies in the neighbouring town. You already see yourself sitting on the desk at the last traineeship but dream of self-fulfilment in the young, dynamic start-up scene. You have a handful of potential employers in your head, apart from the publicly advertised jobs; there is still a parallel workplace universe.
A universe of firms and companies, of which one might not think at first glance but offer an exciting counterpart to the ubiquitous companies with innovative products, flexibility, team spirit and a multitude of possibilities. "Sometimes you have to break through old, often rigid patterns of thinking, the view of exciting new industries, products and employers opens up", adds Kapl.
Thinking in new ways – examples for the job search
Think outside the box and more, is the motto. Perhaps, the organic shop around the corner requires a system administrator or you are a passionate climber and the trusted sports retailer is looking for an Online-Marketing-Manager. Perhaps, your profession is Software Engineering but privately you like improvisational theatre. Which job description actually offers such art and cultural activities? There are many possibilities to locate an exciting future employer.
Currently, in social-media age, it is an easier and more comfortable way to get new impulses online. Xing and Linkedin are no longer indispensable to establish professional contacts and to be provided with exciting job opportunities. Even on Facebook, there are separate groups (for instance, creative coding Linz, php programming, etc.) virtually for every topic, in which often jobs are posted or careers are presented, of which you were not aware that they exist. Sometimes it is worth it to follow company blogs. Employees from different departments write in it and give a direct insight to their work and the company.
Even the old analogue way is absolutely recommended. Maintain online contacts and find where friends and acquaintances work. Could not even the employer of the neighbour, of whom he raves about at every opportunity, be a potential employer for you?
Which other solutions are there to push your career forward?
At the end of the day, the answer list is very different for all… because divergent thinking means find unique solutions – and receive nothing. Those who think ahead of problems and allow unconventional thinking, learn a lot about themselves – and must possibly (sometimes) grin, their own way of thinking could be at a stalemate. "Integrating divergent thinking in daily life is great. Not to see things in the same manner, can lead to a true endorphins high – above all, if the results are good", says Kapl.
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