Friday, September 09, 2005

Job seaching over the long haul—reader’s comment

In response to my post on carrying on an extended job search, a reader wrote the following:

“I am in the Fred situation right now.  Iíve been searching, on and off, for about 3 months now.  I tend to check the listings when the mood strikes me but I donít even hear back when I submit a resume.  The lack of response has lowered my hopes of moving out of my current job.”

Another case of searching in a very discouraging vacuum. And it’s true, many companies now have cut costs by not bothering to reply to the plethora of resumes they receive, thus extending the wait time until an applicant finally gives up on yet another attempt. 

So….what to do.

First thing I’d ask would have to do with why you’re looking in the first place. It sounds as though there’s a low grade but persistent dissatisfaction with your job, enough to prompt occasional looking but no bolt out the door.

Maybe a good place to start would be to consider where you’d like to be in a year. Same place? Or a different place. If different, what would it look like and what skills would be needed? Could you get to that next place from where you are now or would you need to add some skills to the mix? And if you need more, how could they be mastered? Online courses/informal workshops/initiating your own projects at your current job.

Or, consider another tact—build momentum in another area of your life as a way to break through the inertia. Success in one area spills over in terms of confidence and positive outlook. So, maybe you could learn to knit or join a health club or book review club. Or anything else that captures your interest. Basically, something new.

A less obvious and often not very palatable answer to this question is…..maybe it’s just not time yet. When you’re more than ready to leave, it will happen.

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 09/09 at 01:26 PM
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