|57 Channels and Nothing On|
|Perhaps you’re familiar with the phenomenon. It doesn’t matter what kind of TV you’ve got: cable, satellite or something downloaded direct to your brain. Sooner or later, you get to the point where – no matter how many channels you have – there’s nothing on that you want to watch.
Do you ever feel like that with your job hunt? There are job boards galore, thousands of them, from the giant-sized Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com to industry-specific job boards, regional job boards and company career centers.
If you’re looking for work, it seems there’s always some other website you can go to, but you still don’t find what you’re looking for, or you might find the same not-quite-right position advertised on multiple sites.
It’s kind of like turning on the television and always finding some weird movie with Robin Williams in a dress and Harrison Ford looking worried. Do you ever get stuck in ruts like that?
If you’re sick of playing with the remote, put it down and walk away from the TV. Try something different, like reading a book, having a conversation or making something to eat.
You can try doing all those things with your job hunt. Let go of the mouse and step slowly away from your computer. It’s time to try something new.
Imagine the job-hunt equivalent of reading a book, which I would suggest is pursuing some kind of training. That could mean anything from going back to school to become a nurse, or taking a course in the hot new computer graphics software, or something in between.
Just make sure you pick something related to your current or future career. Acquiring some new skills won’t only make you more employable, it will also introduce you to a new network of contacts and potential employers.
When you make conversations part of your job hunt, look to expand the breadth and depth of your networking. Instead of just calling someone up, or having coffee, and asking about job possibilities (although you should definitely do that), use your connecting time to find out about emerging trends in your field. Ask your contacts what they think is hot, and what isn’t. Ask them what they’re afraid of and what they’re hoping for.
As for “making something to eat” when you’re on the job hunt, I think that’s the equivalent of nurturing yourself. You know, instead of staying up too late pouring over websites or pounding your head against the wall, get some rest. Take a walk. Do something that feeds your soul and refreshes and revitalizes you.
Then you’ll be ready to – once again! – start exploring every channel for the job of your dreams.
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