“We were trained to finish our homework, our peas and our chores. Today, we’re never finished, and that’s okay.” ~Seth Godin, Dancing on the edge of finished
In his post, marketing expert and author Seth Godin was talking about the continual stream of work that awaits us. We’re never “done” with anything. There’s always more to be accomplished in the new day, and that’s just the reality of life in the modern world.
The exact same concept applies to job hunting. When a person who has been out of work is hired, it is often said that s/he “landed.” But that’s not a very accurate description anymore; rather, the person is “between migrations.”
Given the nature of the work environment today, careers that span 40 years with the same company are virtually extinct. There is much less loyalty from both companies and employees. Because of this shift, folks in all walks of life need to be prepared to move to a new job or career when it is necessary.
The problem, however, is that the general population’s thinking hasn’t shifted with this trend. As soon as people find new employment, they breathe a sigh of relief and say to themselves, “Thank goodness that’s over!”
But it’s not. This cycle repeats itself again and again in the lives of basically every working person. There’s nothing wrong with that, except for the fact that most people aren’t prepared for when the cycle repeats. They get caught with their proverbial pants down, panic because they don’t feel prepared, and throw their résumés and other materials together haphazardly to attempt to catch up with what is happening in their professional lives.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
See the rest of my guest post over on Tim’s Strategy!
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