In a previous column, I talked about the importance of being proactive in the job search.
In my encouragement of playing offense, I do not dismiss the role of good defensive moves.
Defense keeps the players in the game and gives them a chance to win.
Good defense keeps you in a thorough, thoughtful and proactive job search so you get a job that you want and not just any job you settle for.
The first coaching session I have with clients includes a 60-point checklist around career items AND a 40-point checklist around life items, most of which are NOT career-related.
There is no way I can coach someone on their career and not take into account the other aspects in their life that will influence their ability to focus, their willingness to do the work of the job search, their risk appetite. Having a solid foundation in the other, non-career related aspects of your life (e.g., relationships, personal finances, health and well-being) is good defense and critical to keeping you in top job search form.