Jason … claims that job search is â€œoutâ€ and career management is â€œinâ€. Whatâ€™s that mean exactly? Basically, itâ€™s Jasonâ€™s own approach to the â€œjob huntâ€.
I don’t entirely agree with this – I don’t think job search is out (but understand why he wrote that :)), and was happy to see him expand on it:
the â€œcareer managementâ€ approach … is all-inclusive. In short, job search isnâ€™t really â€œoutâ€, as I suggested of Jasonâ€™s model, itâ€™s just that itâ€™s not the entire focus. Job search is simply a smaller part of a larger approach, that being â€œcareer managementâ€. … job search and career management are not mutually exclusive and … everyone engaging in career management must still conduct a job search. Those engaged only in a job search, however, donâ€™t necessarily engage in career management.
EXCELLENT – this is an excellent point and I think because I was making one point I left this point unmade – so thanks Matt. My point was that you shouldn’t settle in a mental state of job search and neglect career management (especially if you are already employed!). But Matt says that a job search is a subset of career management. Thank you!
I’m finding that Career Management was easier when I was looking for work. Now that I’m working, it’s harder and harder for me to stay in that mindset. I’m spending more time thinking about projects at work than my own career management.
Ugh – that brings me back to reality – but he closes his concept with this statement that is too true (and too often unspoken):
I don’t want to be misled into a false sense of job security. Right now work is going strong, but I still need to keep my eyes on the big picture.
Excellent – I guess career management is like balaning the checkbook – we all know we should do it but its not as easy or fun as… say, eating a bag of M&Ms.
But itâ€™s (job search and career management) all on the same path.
career management is about being involved in your careerâ€“taking control. Job search, on the other hand, is about being reactive and out of control.
Thanks guys, these are great additions to the conversation!
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