March 26th, 2007. I had been blogging for less than 10 months.
As I networked with job seekers I came across a disturbing theme that had a tone of “when I land my job I don’t have to do any of this lame networking stuff anymore.”
Getting a “job” was the end-goal, and a lasting reward.
I was concerned that people were using a band-aid, quick-fix approach to a much bigger problem.
What happens if you put a band-aid on a wound that requires much more? The wound doesn’t heal correctly. You might mask some immediate symptoms but your overall progress is not happening.
That’s when I had the idea to write Job Search vs. Career Management. Here’s a snippet:
Job Search: I will start to look when I need to (unemployed, completely fed up, can see the writing on the wall, etc.)
Career Management: I am always in career management mode – I regularly do things that I need to in order to navigate quickly (and be in control of) future job transitions.
Job Search: I network to find immediate job opportunities, and hope that my network isn’t too stale (or… “what network??”).
Career Management: I have a very strong set of relationships and continually strive to add value to people that are in different circles than I am in.
Job Search: I find networking to be frustrating and non-beneficial to my search (and it takes too much time).
Career Management: As I nurture various relationships I find great satisfaction in watching my contacts succeed, congratulating them when I can and offering to help as appropriate.
There are more. The image I chose for that post says “Days since last paradigm shift: 5”
This was a favorite post for a lot of reasons. One was because it triggered an email from Alison Doyle, Job Search Expert at About.com, who asked if she could share it with her readers. It was the first email like that from Alison, which lead to a phone call, which led to a couple of lunches, and a rewarding friendship 🙂