Seeing Where Things Go

A job seeker made an interesting statement to me the other day. In his review of possible options for himself he closed with the remark, “well, I’m just going to wait and see where things go.” Wait and see where things go? How does that make sense?

Too many job seekers are waiting for external factors to determine their destination. Considering how important the outcome of a job search is, leaving one’s search to fate is a bad idea. Imagine if we treated other major journeys in our life this way. Would you get on a random plane and allow yourself the surprise of finding out at the end of the process where it lands? I hope not. Why do so with a job search?

What I wish I could get every person looking for a job to understand is that those who truly have a plan for where they are going and how they intend to arrive there experience much better search results. Those who leave things to chance and go with the flow find themselves with an expensive ticket to nowhere. From what’s shared with me, I get many are afraid committing to a destination and a route somehow limits them and puts them at risk of turning off potential employers. They fail to see how off-putting it can be to an employer to encounter a job seeker with no focus and too casual of an approach to their job search. It gives rise to concerns the individual may not be aware of his capabilities, value, interests and relevance.


  • Ed Potter says:

    Great point Lisa. It goes back to the old adage, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Now that’s not to say that you can reinvent yourself or look at openings that are a little bit outside of your comfort zone.

    If you do not have a solid plan to get back to work, you will lose out to someone who does.

  • Scot says:

    Being “all things to all people” sounds grand but in reality stamps one as being mediocre at best. The adage “Jack of all trades – master of none” comes to mind.

    I am learning through your assistance as well as a host of others, embracing modern tools can enhance one’s search only if one knows what they are searching for. It is like clicking Google’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” button without a search item. Sure the button works but were the desired results shown?

    Waiting, wishing, hoping, none of those will yield any positive results without a plan and the intelligence to call in others when one doesn’t really have a clue.

  • Cindy Kraft says:

    Great post, Lisa. Ed beat me to it, but … “failing to plan is planning to fail.” And unfortunately, most people only think about their career when they’ve lost their job.

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