As I mentioned, next weekend I’ll be racing the Superiorman Triathlon. I also didn’t mention…I’m scheduled to start work on Monday. And after 5 days at a new job, the first thing I want to do…is spend 5 hours on a couch, not 41.5 miles swimming, biking, and running. But I’m doing it anyways!
TIME: both searching and training require a time commitment. I focused job searching from about 9 am to 3 pm Monday-Friday. There were exceptions to the rule, but consistently applying kept the options rolling in. Training also requires a time commitment, this my schedule it worked best to do afternoon workouts as I ran off the stress of sitting at the computer. But I also had a few good early morning bike rides.
CONNECTIONS: Everything is easier with a connections. In the triathlon world I rely on Lakes Area Multisport and the members to ensure that I’m training smart and going to the right places for help.
I wrote about it in my Networking series, but getting out and meeting people is so helpful when you’re applying for a job. Sitting at your computer is good, but having people look over your resume, or pass along jobs that might be a match is so valuable.
PAY-OFF: If you do the right things, the work will pay off. Not always as quickly as you want, not always in time to meet the goal you set, but each step forward takes you one step closer to the goal. If you don’t apply for the job, the recruiter can’t contact you. If you don’t take the time to train, you don’t get to complete the race.
I had pretty strong goals for when I wanted a new job, and it was way before the month of August. I had my dark days, when people asked me how the job search was going and I told them “it’s awful” because it was. Its not something I wish on anyone, but you do what you gotta do, and keep moving forward. Even a bad experience is an experience. (Although getting to try the 3.14 Pi Beer that’s new for the Minnesota State Fair was not one of those “bad” experiences).
Thank you so much to all of those who encouraged me to apply, who gave me feedback on my resume, who even retweeted that I was job searching. I already did a Facebook thank you to the Lakes Area Multisport team, those people were a huge part of my happiness in the last three years, and I will be working out with them every chance I get when visiting home. (Even in the bitter cold, cause we are crazy like that).
Do you find that completely different activities sometimes have similar qualities?