Why Your Job Search Drags On

What most people do when they lose their job, based on what I’ve witnessed, is not take it seriously enough.

They run down to the EI office to get their claim started, call their friends and family to give them the bad news, then go home. They might look at job ads, but more probably they spend the evening with a few drinks and possibly a confidante. The next few days are spent lolling around, getting used to the idea of being unemployed, taking time off. Maybe four or five days later they get their resume out and start marking it up.

Then the blizzard of applications begins. They start applying for everything in sight—usually through the same job sites everyone else is using—sending out 20 to 30 packages in a few days. At the end of this sprint, they’re tired, demoralized, and for sure not interested in putting together any more darn resume packages.

So after a week and a half we have a typical job seeker who is burnt out, demoralized, and figures they’ve done all they can do. Is it any wonder the job search drags on, while the EI dribbles in just enough to keep the situation going?

An uncomfortable thing that persists is one you aren’t taking seriously enough. If you were taking it seriously, you’d deal with it. Car breaks down? You deal with it. Roof starts leaking? You deal with it. No food in the fridge? You deal with it. Why, then, do you not deal with the problem of being unemployed?

If you ask for my help, I will not let you founder around in your job search. I will give you the process and the tools for an effective job hunt that will be over fast. You won’t be competing with thousands of other applications for the same one position. There won’t be any sprinting, no discouragement. You won’t be tired. Take your job search seriously, and get things started by sending me a message today.

If you want expertise to help you get started right now, click here.

Seeking killer job hunting tips for a really low investment? Check out my ebook, “Get Hired FAST!

The Tao of Pooh and The Jobhunt

Any of you read The Tao of Pooh ? It’s a slim little volume with a cute message: Eeyore grumbles, Piglet worries, Tigger rushes, Rabbit connives–but Pooh just is. These are animals in a set of children’s stories, if you haven’t encountered them before.

I believe the Tao of Pooh is very relevant to the jobhunt. Look at how the caricatures would each approach the problem of looking for work:

  • Eeyore the donkey would sulk about nobody paying attention to him
  • Piglet would worry he’d left something critical off his resume or cover letter
  • Tigger would send in a half-complete application package
  • Rabbit would overindulge in cerebral activity, and come up with some complicated (I was going to say hare-brained heh heh) scheme to force an encounter with an employer, laden with so much overkill his entire entire plan would crash and burn under its own weight
  • But Pooh would just Be.

What, then, can we deduce from this analogy? First, everything everybody but Pooh does simply wears them out. Not to mention accomplishes very little. Pooh, certain of his own value, would send in the best application package he could, and not spend much time worrying about it. He’d patiently enjoy the time passing as the opportunity revolved to him (and it would, much more swiftly than other animals would imagine). During the interview, he would be confident but not cocky, clear about what he wanted, and so at ease the employer would not be distracted by visions of what would go wrong if he hired the bear. Pooh would cheerfully fall into the job.

To be fair, Pooh bear is lazy. Yet when he’s motivated, he’s quite capable of strenuous activity to help his friends. But he doesn’t stress himself out. He goes into situations without getting all worked up about what they could mean, or what should happen.

Let me give you a real-world example.

Some of the best sales calls I’ve ever made were ones I “shouldn’t” have made. I “should” have known better–the prospect was too much higher on the totem pole than me; the number of people and resources they were in charge of dwarfed anything I had dealt with previously; they did not talk to cold-calling salesmen. In some cases I have actually check-mated myself out of making a call for awhile. I researched the prospect a bit too thoroughly. I became in awe.

Yet, thinking like Pooh, they’re just another person. By learning just enough to move ahead, and moving comfortably into a situation with confidence that we can deal with it, we can find calmness. The Tao of Pooh has a great deal to teach us in our approach to the problem of quickly finding meaningful work. If you’re finding yourself in need of the Tao of Pooh in your job search, drop me a line.

If you want expertise to help you get started right now, click here.

Seeking killer job hunting tips for a really low investment? Check out my ebook, “Get Hired FAST!