Originally published 08/29/2011
When it's your career on the line, you can't afford to panic or just go with the flow; you’ll just be wasting time and money to end up blending in with the crowd.
Are you crazy? How could looking for a job be like preparing for a natural disaster to strike? Normally, I'd agree, but living in New York City and watching my neighbors react to our emergency disaster preparations made me realize how similar the two things are, at least in today's economy.
Consider the neighbor I met on Friday, a single guy toting a flat of sport-sized bottles of water up to his apartment. "Gotta be prepared, you know, just in case," he said. I agree; you do need to be prepared. But, rather than run out and buy needless bottles of water, I dug down into my camping gear and pulled out some camelback bladders that had served me well on many a trip through the Adirondacks, filling them with perfectly good filtered New York City tap water. The same stuff I drink every day, and I'm sure my neighbor does, too, without spending a dime and, more importantly, without adding to the ever-growing amount of plastic trash in the world.
My point is that most people, when faced with a situation over which they do not have control, like an impending hurricane or budget cuts that lead to downsizing, allow the situation to control them. Instead of taking stock of their own personal situation and determining how best to proceed, they find comfort in doing what everybody else is doing, following a set of generic guidelines designed to minimize the impact of impending disaster.
When preparing for a hurricane, it may not matter so much as long as there's enough bottled water and other recommended supplies to go around. But, when it's your career on the line, you can't afford to panic or just go with the flow; you’ll just be wasting time and money to end up blending in with the crowd. Better to break away from the herd mentality and take the time to figure out the right next career move for you. Believe me, when the disaster of a new job search is imminent this is your best response strategy.
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