Remember the movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray? It’s about a T.V. news anchor that finds himself living the same day over and over again.
When looking for employment, it can often feel like we’re in an endless cycle, living the same day repeatedly, especially when we aren’t getting interviews or job offers.
If you’re in a cycle similar to this, whether looking for work or currently employed, you can easily get bored or depressed with your situation, and you’ll likely get more frustrated with every passing day.
During the course of the movie Bill Murray realizes that this “situation” is actually an opportunity. He gets to change his life and do things better with each attempt.
To help end your cycle, embrace each day as an opportunity for you to grow, improve your life, do things differently, maximize the moment and use your time wisely.
Don’t let a day go by without being productive simply because you’re tired of doing the same thing. You may miss great opportunities.
I recommend changing up what you do so that you don’t feel stuck. Try the following:
- Make certain days job search days, and make other days networking days. For example, make Monday through Wednesday your application days and use Thursday/Friday to make new contacts or follow up with current contacts
- When it comes to searching for a job, if you’ve applied for several jobs and haven’t heard back, take a day to follow up with the employers
- Use several key sources to look for employment, including Work in Texas (opens new window), which has a wide number of good positions/openings
- Don’t discount the use of newspapers when looking for employment. There are local area newspapers and other specialized publications, such as JobSparx (opens new window), that give you a break from the same internet searches over and over. Mix it up!
I realized long ago that when people get caught up in the same cycle every day they start to lose motivation. The best thing to do is switch up your routine so that you don’t get bored.
If you find you’re on repeat, switch things up!
Cornelius Booker is a senior member of the Regional Navigator team and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelors in Marketing and later received his M.B.A with a focus on Business Marketing and Management. With his personal experience and passion for the disabled community, Cornelius’ insights are an invaluable asset to the Workforce Solutions organization.
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What a nice take and sound advice on an seemingly never-ending problem — keeping one’s focus when it comes to job search. Cornelius, you offered up an extremely “fresh” perspective here. I can appreciate your viewpoint and suggestions. Many thanks!
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