I was out of town recently with my family when I received a call from a recruiter. They had a client that wanted to meet me for an open position that they have been searching for. Since I wasn’t into my job search mode, I certainly wasn’t expecting that pleasant surprise.
I find it ironic that the majority of times that I’ve been contacted to interview for a job has been when the job search process wasn’t even on my mind at the time. I’ve received calls during my son’s basketball practice, on vacation, out to dinner, visiting with friends, working on my hobbies, watching a movie, etc. Rarely have I ever been just sitting at my computer, actively working at my job search, filling out applications, updating my resume or making networking calls when opportunity came knocking.
I take that sign as the following advice that I share with you. Work hard at your search each day for a couple of hours then get away and go do something else. I know that I can’t sit all day at my computer to try to find a job. There just aren’t enough available positions for the type of work that I want to do to keep me parked at my desk all day. Do the work, then occupy your time with things you enjoy doing.
I’ve been off work for 10 months. If I hadn’t accomplished many of the handy man tasks that my wife puts on my list, while having this much free time, I’d be angry at myself. Even though I’ve not had a regular income in this length of time, I’ve had some fun along the way. Don’t let the job search drain all of your energy. You might be playing with the kids building a snow man when the next opportunity comes calling.
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