I know it’s not everyday that you think about how a dog, a movie, and a Bible verse can impact your search for a new job but sometimes you need to put things that do not go together together to see the bigger picture.
A dog. Meet Grady, our family’s newest edition, a very cute dog that has a problem – no one knows what he is.
Many go down the pit bull route, some go down the boxer route, others go down the, “What kind of mix is he?” route. I guess if I had not owned one before I would not know that Grady is an American Bulldog either.
So the question is, how can a dog with an identity problem affect your search?
The question you need to ask yourself is, are you the Grady of job-search? Can people look at your background or the way you market yourself and figure out the most basic of questions – what it is that you do. If not, you should consider going back to the drawing board.
“I see your Schwartz is as big as mine.” I know that most of Space Balls is eighth grade humor at best (especially the clip above which is why so many guys love it) but this one line does have a lot of truth when it comes to job-search.
Many folks out there can do the same exact job as you (i.e. their schwartz is as big as yours) so it all comes down to how you market yourself and explain why you are the candidate of choice.
If others are having trouble seeing the value you bring to the table you might consider figuring out where you are going wrong in selling the what, when, where, and how of why you are the best out there.
The Bible verse. I love reading the Bible and make a habit out reading it everyday. One of my favorite practical verses is 1 Corinthians 9:24, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
Are you running the job-search race in such a way that you will get the prize (a new job)? Do some research and figure out how others are finding jobs – are you putting some of the same tactics into practice in your search? If not, why not?
If you are having trouble seeing progress in your search you might consider looking at new ways to go about getting the end result.
Until next time, good hunting and good luck!