Now that we’ve been living in Charleston for over a year without seeing Bill Murray even once, because he is in the Low Country a good deal of the time – we hear, couldn’t help but think about one of my all-time favorite comedians and his movies. Of course, we’ll tie the Bill Murray movie theme to succeeding in a job search. So, as an unofficial Bill Murray cheerleader and mega-fan thought I would make some key career empowerment points from a few of his movies – starting with Groundhog Day.
Let’s start the review with Groundhog Day, a funny movie where each day is repeated. But, being out of work day after day, week after week and month after month because nothing seems to be working is not a funny matter at all. Since a job search often is an emotional roller-coaster ride of ups and downs it might be experienced as the same old day over and over. So, it’s not unusual for there to be up’s and down’s in a job search. Then there must be ways to overcome the job search stall.
When a job search goes on and on with limited to no results it’s bound to feel like Groundhog Day. The job search rut usually comes for one of two primary reasons.
Reason one for the job search blues is lack of a plan. Many career transition professionals tend to do what they have done in the past whether it worked well of not. The semi-plan is write a resume, find advertised jobs and apply online and tell everyone they know they are seeking employment. Those who understand that a job search is basically a key project attack it just that way.
Individuals who don’t seem to experience disheartening Groundhog Days over and over tend to create and consistently follow a comprehensive, step-by-step gameplan. So, create a project mission statement and milestones, assure your comprehensive marketing portfolio, and then go about plan implementation once realistic targets are established using the right tactics in the right order.
Reason two for a stalled search is simply there are too many distractions. In the career transition field one often hears the quote – it’s a full time job getting a job. While on the surface this quote seems to be accurate, many people land new jobs while still gainfully employed with a part-time search. However, to gain an exceptional career opportunity it is better to have more time to dedicate to the job search.
The problem with many job searches simply is that there is a lack of day-in and day-out disciplined activity. It’s real easy while conducting a job search to do the easy and more pleasant things ahead of the tough stuff like picking up the phone and going to yet another networking meeting. The solution to avoiding the Groundhog Day job search syndrome is to eliminate and lessen the distractions by setting up a private office with work hours maintained and communicated to all family members.
To summarize, preventing Groundhog Day doldrums is much more likely when you create a written master plan (perhaps with professional career counseling help) and then creating the discipline necessary to work smart day after day often leading to progress, momentum and success.
By the way, if you spot Bill Murray around the Low Country please face me so my wife and I can come meet him in person – we still love Bill!