Job-Search Insight Straight From The NFL

A few weeks ago I was reading a column about things going on in the NFL and I saw a line written by Gene Frenette that really made me stop and think. It wasn’t anything outlandish, or rude, or earth shattering – just very simple and to the point.

He said, “One thing you have to admit about Jack Del Rio’s Jaguars this season: when they latch on to a losing formula, they don’t know how to let go of it.”

That was an ‘aha’ moment for me in terms of job-search. After all of the years of speaking (both one on one and in front of groups), writing (here, on LinkedIn, Twitter, and other places), and banging my head on the wall I finally get it.

When people who are looking for work latch on to a losing formula they don’t know how to let go of it.

Nothing that I will do, or you will do, or anyone will do will change it until they are ready to let go of sending in resume, after resume, after resume, after resume, after resume (times infinity) and never getting a call back.

For some people that breaking point comes a week into their search, for others it comes a few months into their search, and (most sadly of all) for others it comes the day before they are going to be asked to move from their current residence.

If you are one of those folks who have latched on to any losing formula for your job-search please stop and review what you are doing, how you are doing it, and why you are doing it that way before it gets down to crunch time.

Until next time – good hunting and good luck!

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One response to “Job-Search Insight Straight From The NFL

  1. Amen, brother..but you(we) are preaching to the choir…It is human nature to not try something new until it become painful and they have to move on.
    I went to visit a friend one day on his front porch and noticed his dog laying there. As I talked to my friend, his dog would moan and groan every few minutes. I asked him what was wrong with his dog? He said awe his is laying on a nail and he is just to lazy and comfortable to move to another spot on the porch. This might give a clue to why people stay in the same places in their job search.

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