We hear it all the time, that someone has sent out dozens of resumes, and heard back nary a peep.
It’s like they all went into the darkest, deepest abyss on the planet.
What we know for sure is that it really doesn’t matter how many resumes you fire off if you haven’t done the step of finding what that best work even looks like.
If you haven’t done this ONE THING, you’ll likely stuck in this scenario:
2:00pm at work
The person you’re expecting for that meeting didn’t turn up and at first you feel pretty angry that they’ve wasted your time. Does nobody around here respect you?
Then you think, oh well, you may as well use the time for your career search. It could be more useful than playing that computer game that you sometimes zone out to. You hate the fact that getting to Level 15 is one of the most meaningful accomplishments of your week.
You look at all the job alerts that have built up on your phone and scroll through them feeling dejected that nothing seems like it would be a good fit for you.
Why can’t it be simple? Why can’t you be one of those people that has a purpose or passion that leads them on a great adventure? Sure, Indiana Jones had to cope with all those traps but at least he wasn’t facing another day in the office.
You get a little distracted and somehow end up on “Bored Panda” feeling very much like a bored panda. You even have the black eye circles.
You open your resume doc and looking over it makes you feel a bit uneasy. Maybe the answer to everything is updating your resume?
You play around with the fonts and formatting and then it’s time to get back to work. Maybe old woodblock gothic serif isn’t the answer?
When you feel stuck in your career search, it can be a bit like trying to solve a maze yourself and trying over and over, only to land at the same dead end.
Let’s dream up a different end…
You’re engrossed in work that you enjoy. When you look at your watch, you’re surprised that it’s already this late in the day. You look at your phone and there’s a sweet note from someone you care about. It feels so great to have time for a life outside of work.
You have a date lined up for that evening in a lovely little restaurant close to your workplace. It’s so much fun to be able to talk about your work now (you smile because you’ve realized you sometimes get a little too over enthusiastic).
But there’s more than that, you’re able to talk about things outside work now. You feel like a more rounded person with a rich life.
It’s as though you’ve become lit up from inside, even joyful, and it’s a feeling that was once a forgotten memory.
You’re able to spend time on things that really matter to you, both at work and in your home life.
It’s all down to the careful research you did to discover what the best work for you actually is (and it turned out that it was nothing to do with the fonts on your resume!).
This next step to you making this kind of change in your life is easy. Will you try it?