Push and Pull of a Job Search
January 22, 2013
— Business, Business & Economy, Canada, career, Employment, job hunting, Job interview, job search, push pull, Sisyphus
By Jim Rettew
Have you experienced the difference between pushing and being pulled in your job search?
When you’re pushing, things are hard and forced. You may email out a thousand resumes, just hoping that something sticks. You network, but you’re really not interested in the other person, but only if they can help you. You apply for things outside your calling, and you figure out ways to fake passion in job interviews. There is an air of desperation. It’s a job looking for a job, and the job you’re looking for doesn’t feel inspiring. You’re a square peg trying to push yourself into a round hole, and the more desperate you become, the harder you push. You feel like Sisyphus in the Greek myth where he continually pushes a rock uphill, only to have it fall back down and start over.
When you’re pulled, there is flow. People are naturally attacked to you and your story. It’s as if the universe is working with you. People and opportunities open just at the right time, and events line up like stars in the night sky. You feel a passion and affinity for the people, place, and job opportunity, and you don’t have to fake anything. In fact, it feels like it was meant to be. You don’t have to overwork or over-engineer getting an interview, or a second interview. It just happens in a timely manner. You realize that working harder is not always working better. You seek out this position because you’re inspired. It feels like you’re being pulled to it.
What’s you’re experience? What did it feel like to push? What was the result? What did it feel like to be pulled? How did you know? What happened?