Einstein was apparently more than just a scientist; he was a career counselor as well. At present, it’s hard to consider any more apt meaning than career advice from his words, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Make no mistake, despite the unemployment rate, jobs are out there. But like gold in the mountainside, the prospector comfortable with panning in the river needs to use different tools to dig for the hidden treasure buried in rock. Strike a vein, though, and you’ll walk down the mountain with far more gold than the river will give you.
I’ve heard it countless times in the past several months. Job seekers saying they aren’t comfortable with networking or cold calls (or even warm calls), so they’ll look for work the way they always have, checking the classifieds, looking on Monster… both viable methods, but the river isn’t producing gold the way it was this time last year. It’s time to go to the mountain and defer comfort for when you can afford it.
In this case, our mountain is the unadvertised job market. You tap into that through networking meetings and luncheons, sending out networking letters requesting informational meetings, and following those letters with “warm” calls to ask for the meeting. (A cold call is telephoning someone who’s never heard of you; warm calls are when there is a previous introduction from a friend, employee, or personal letter).
Networking can be uncomfortable. It’s far easier when the employer comes to you. In today’s climate, however, the go-getters get the job and the wait-by-the-phone crowd stays by the phone.
Think about it from the employer’s side; right now they need solutions more than ever. Who is more impressive? Someone taking initiative and showing follow-through, or that guy on CareerBuilder who e-mailed a resume and was never heard from again?
I’m sure the Neanderthals blamed it on the economy, too. Sometimes survival of the fittest doesn’t go to the strong but to the most adaptable. Things have changed. Have you?
“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” – JFK
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