Thom Singer wrote a post titled 100% Of Those Who Give Up During A Job Search Do Not Find Jobs.
The problem with Thom Singer is he reaches into my brain and steals the post I was going to write, and writes it a few days before I do :p
Actually, I was thinking about this topic.
I meet many job seekers who have been out of work a few weeks. They have the deer-in-the-headlight look, and are trying to figure out which way is up, which way is down.
I’ve also met job seekers who have been out of work for more than 2 years. They have a different look.
It’s sad to me to see the darkness that goes hand-in-hand in the job search journey.
And they say we’re supposed to be up-beat, and positive… it can be nearly impossible to do when you feel like you’ve been cut off from oxygen for so long.
Should you quit?
Thom Singer says if you do, you are guaranteed you won’t find what you were looking for.
I’m sure there are some who quit, and then the jobs find them.
I had three or four job offers after I quit looking (that’s after I substantiated myself).
But really, should you quit?
I think it makes sense for a lot of people to quit.
Maybe even you.
My thinking is partially inspired by Seth Godin, from his book The Dip. He talks about being in a dead-end, or a cul-de-sac (sp?)
Perhaps you are looking for the wrong thing (a traditional job) when you really should be looking for something else.
I wrote about this idea to kick off 2011 on my blog. It was the first post of the year. I called it: The Job Search Rabbit Hole. Did you miss it? Read it – I think the simple analogy is powerful.
If you think about it, maybe you are going down the wrong rabbit hole, and you should quit.
YOU SHOULD QUIT.