Untapped Resources

One of my favorite kitchen appliances is my Nesco Roaster Oven.

It wasn’t always that way. When we were putting together our gift registry, my then-fiance was very excited to add the roaster oven to the list. But I thought he was nuts. My mom never had one, and I had no clue what I would use it for. Why on earth did we need that?

So it got added to the list, and we got it as a wedding gift. And it was put away until it needed to be packed up for one of our various moves early in our marriage.

It sat unused for 10 years.

One day, when I was going to make a beef roast, I recalled that the roaster oven had a nifty little wire rack to put the meat on. I wanted to see if that rack would fit in my crock pot, so I asked my husband where the roaster oven was. He (logically) said, “Well, why don’t you just use the roaster oven with the rack?”

I blinked. “Uh, I guess that could work,” I said, not having a clue how the roast would turn out (not that I’d been very successful with roasts up to this point, anyway).

So I put the roast on the rack, sprinkled the top with seasonings, added a bit of water in the bottom, and fired it up. After a while, there were some amazing smells coming from the kitchen. Maybe it was working after all. But still, would the meat have as much tenderness as a piece of shoe leather?

When we sat down to the meal, everyone LOVED it (even my one child who is a fussy eater). Subsequent beef and pork roasts that have been made in the roaster oven have been equally successful.

How I wished I had used that appliance sooner! It would have really come in handy when I was pressed for time in grad school, or during our moves when many of the pots and pans were still boxed up. Here I had this cooking resource right under my nose that I kept overlooking time and again for years!

How often does that happen in the job search? Resources that are well within our grasp go untapped because we don’t realize their true potential.

Maybe it is a networking contact who could be a great resource, if only she knew that you were looking for a new job. Or perhaps you are choosing to “go it alone” without the help of a career professional.

To keep yourself from saying, “If only I had known…,” take a good look at all the resources at your disposal and think about if you are truly using them to their fullest. You don’t want 10 years to pass before you realize you completely missed something that could have changed your life.

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