Yesterday’s post was my shortest, and perhaps my funnest, post. I gave a few Job Search is to ___ as Career Management is to ___ examples, and there were about a dozen others who chipped in with their own. There were a few that just had me laughing, like Mike Murray’s:
Job search is to dating as career management is to marriage.
and Nancy Babyak’s:
Job Search is to takeout as Career Management is to a well stocked Pantry.
Job Search is to a Stephen King novel as Career Management is to that great literary classic you’re always meaning to get around to reading.
Isn’t a job search just freeze-you-in-your-steps scary! And oh my gosh, that literary classic that we never get around to… just like career management! Priceless, Erika!
But I do want to follow-up with one thought… and I’m honestly surprised that no one called me out on it. If you read through all of them, including mine, you get the idea that “job search” is bad, and “career management” is good. Or “job search” is dumb, or a waste of time, etc. and “career management” is what we should all be doing.
It wasn’t my intention to insinuate that job search is… bad, dumb, useless, etc. It’s simply a component of career management, isn’t it?
So here’s my point, and I’ll use my first example to bring it out:
Job Search is to sprint as Career Management is to marathon.
Is a sprinter better than a marathoner?
They both have high-performance shoes.
The both eat diets optimized for their training and performance.
They both where the right running gear.
They both need to drink the right amount of water.
You get my point. They are both athletes, and they both perform to the job. They have trained specifically for their role. I doubt a marathoner and sprinter could trade training regimes for a few weeks and still perform like they should. They are specialists. Neither one is better, neither is worse.
In our CAREER MANAGEMENT, which is what WE have to be in charge of our entire career, we must understand the rules, techniques, tricks, tactics, etc. of the JOB SEARCH.
Understanding what it is, how to succeed in it, and what we need to do, and, training for it, will help us so that it is not scary, or bad. The job search simply a thing that we can master.
Thanks a ton for the laughs, this was really fun!