So, who is hiring right now?
The idea for this week’s blog came from, of all places, a day spent fishing on a farm pond with a bunch of friends and their kids, over the Fourth of July holiday. It was very interesting watching people attempt to coax a fish into taking their bait…one thing I kept noticing was how everyone would cast their line, wait about three minutes, reel the bait back in, and then walk around the pond to try their luck someplace else…everywhere they went, they would cast their line, wait a minimum amount of time, and then repeat the process…and then get mad at the fish for not cooperating. It was even more illustrative to see how, if someone DID catch a fish, how many people would dash over to the same area and try to land one themselves…
My longtime readers can probably guess where I am going with this.. I was watching all of this go on, and in my head I was hearing the voices of job seekers ask me the same question: “WHAT INDUSTRY IS HIRING RIGHT NOW? “ … you might wonder what a day spent fishing has to do with job search, but think of the similarities here – picking targets at random, following a herd of people while chasing something elusive, wishing to land “the big one,” it sure sounds a lot like some job searches I’ve seen.
Now, I am a pretty experienced fisherman, so I am comfortable saying that successful fishermen, and successful job seekers have a lot in common…as do the unsuccessful ones…
While successful fishermen know that being where the fish are is important, it’s MORE important to present the appropriate bait effectively if they want to catch dinner…for example, if I know I am going after big catfish, I plan in advance to fish all night, using the right bait, and I know I am going to be waiting awhile…If I want largemouth bass, I get the appropriate spinning rig, and make sure I am working the right lure the right way, which means making a lot of follow up casts to a certain spot…since I want to catch fish, I do these things…likewise, understanding what you have to offer as a job seeker, and presenting it to enough pertinent people often enough will eventually pay off…
Some of what I just typed is fairly obvious for fishermen and jobseekers alike…the REST of what I just typed is not – that being the part about BEING WILLING TO ADJUST WHAT YOU DO AND HOW YOU DO IT based on what you are going after. Job searches are like suits…the best ones are tailored…also, sometimes patience is the ticket…other times, a higher level of activity is required…job searches and fishing expeditions are not static activities, so you must be fluid and adapt to conditions.
Getting back to the title of this week’s piece, the worst thing you can do is look at someone else who “landed one,” and dash over to try and land one yourself.. it MAY work, but if you aren’t adjusting your “bait” and presenting it properly to the “fish” that you want to respond to it, all you’re gonna do is drown some worms and end up frustrated.
The “hot industry” may not be for you at all…it’s only a hot industry for those qualified to be in it…if that’s you, great…if not, then you must be realistic about where you should be and your ability to qualify yourself to be taken seriously by the “hot industry,” whatever that is.
I have pulled lunker bass out of little lakes I could cast across…and reeled in some big catfish from water that was barely to my knees…waters that most people would pass by because it didn’t “look” like it would hold any fish, much less ones you’d want to catch…I am saying all of this to say, don’t run at something because everyone else does…and don’t pass up a chance to explore a possibility because of preconceived notions and assumptions…know yourself, have a plan, and really work on presentation and positioning…it really is the only way.
Until next time, I wish you all the best.
Thomas Patrick Chuna is a certified Five O’Clock Club job search coach.
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