February’s Job Search

by / Monday, 12 February 2018 / Published in Uncategorized

It’s that time of year again, everywhere you look there is something about Valentine’s Day. Two little words and only one day out of 365, but retailers use it as an excuse to make profit from our bank accounts.  It started with home-made cards and a box of chocolates at school, and as we get older, we start to notice adverts from florists, jewellers, and restaurants. No matter your age February 14th fuels some often unrealistic expectations, and so can a job search.

What?! I hear you say – you’re not going to compare Valentine’s day to a job search? Yes, we are, surprisingly there are similarities even there.

It starts off great…
At the beginning, both have slove jobo much promise, you’re excited, energised and keen. You find inspiration to update your CV, and you spend lots of time planning and trying to ensure you make the best of your search.

You remain positive that something good is coming your way…
Throughout your childhood you have been told how great you are and that you should always follow your dreams.  They say your dream job is out there for you, so why shouldn’t you find it?

You dream that the possibilities are endless…
You could have that corner office one day, or you could create your own start-up business that you sell for millions, or you have your eye set on finding your perfect job and staying there for the rest of your career.

You’ve had your eye on a particular match….
Maybe you have set your sights to working for the most successful company in your sector or someday running a company from the director’s chair or you’ve decided you want to be part of a team on the brink of a new discovery or invention.

You promise yourself that you won’t get your hopes up…
But inevitably you do. You are always being told how great you are so why not dream big?

More than once you find yourself disappointed…
You’ve applied to hundreds of jobs, over months, but you haven’t heard, or you’ve been invited to interview and ‘there was someone with more experience’. Meanwhile, friends and colleagues are being offered jobs left right and centre – the employment equivalent of a dozen red roses. At this point it’s easy to give up hope.

Despite everything, you decide that you are happy where you are…
New jobs are lots of effort, you have to learn a whole new role and meet a new set of people, who can be bothered with that anyway?  So instead you decide its easier to stay where you are, gradually feeling more and more like a machine on repeat and you spend your spare time with a tub of ice cream and a bar of chocolate, on the sofa, casually scrolling through job sites.

It’s unavoidable…
Just like Valentine’s day is an annual event, finding a new job is something that is part of every career. It may not be fun, and it may make you feel a bit down in the dumps, but it can lead to something great.

So, what can you do? Firstly, be realistic, just like dating, it takes time to find the right job for you, that fits your skills and your personality. If you accept a job that’s not right for you, then you will eventually find that you are unhappy with your choice and have to start all over again.

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