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As a Career Coach, I often get calls from people exclaiming, “I just need to find a job!”

When you have this mindset, you are willing to settle. You feel the heat of mounting bills, anxiety, stress, and it doesn’t matter where the work comes from, as long as it’s work. While I understand this circumstance, my recommendation is to look beyond the short-term. Because once you’re in the “any old job will do” mindset, it’s hard to get out.

David Dirks recently wrote a book on this concept, titled Job Search Marketing: Finding Job Opportunities In Any Economy. As he explains in this blog post about his book, he identifies two paths to a job.

The first is the past of least resistance, satisfying the “any old job will do” mentality.

The second is the path to career opportunity, which intrinsically comes with more resistance. It takes longer and it requires more work. But as Dirks points out – and I’ve seen time and time again – enduring the hardness to seize long-term career opportunities more than pays for itself.

Check out his blog post for more insight into this topic, or feel free to call me anytime to discuss.

How about you? Have you ever taken the road of least resistance? How did that work out for you? Let me know in the comments!



Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Patricia Layman says:

    I will say, I once took a job, because I had been off work a few years, until my children were a little older. During my career, I had been a HR Manager and Generalist. The position I took, was a Part-Time Administrative position, doing some HR tasks. I was just thankful to be working. I didn’t care what it was. At the time I was told in six months it would be FT HR role, and that I was part of a Succession Plan, with further promotions to come. The FT position came, but I was still doing PT HR work, or less, with “other duties as assigned.” Several times, it was announced I would be in the FT HR role. Only to find out the company was making cutbacks. My role then became almost all of the “other duties as assigned,” and no HR duties.

    I will always be thankful for the friendships I made there, who I am still in contact with. However, it has been harder to get back to the senior level duties I previously performed, because it looks like I went backwards.

  • David says:

    I totally understand. There are some cultures out there that pigeon hole people. They say one thing while doing another. Or they just didn’t have the power to make that happen. One thing that my clients have learned is to continue to have regular meetings with your bosses so that a plan for transition has steps of action. Maybe you could suggest a different title without that would position you for the next real promotion. If your boss backs off from helping you gain more skills or setting up a mentor so that you can be promoted than watch out. The other advice would be for you to always have a B plan in your pocket. While you are working part time continue to look for full time employment. Remember this it’s easier getting a job when you have a job!

    The bit of advice would be for you to focus on conducting one on one networking opportunities where your focus of the conversation is about the future. Don’t let the resume speak for you. It focuses on your past and not what you are trying to accomplish moving forward. Networking meetings should be about moving forward toward your target and developing a friendship/advocate that will speak for you. There are many times that we hire someone or at least give them more of a chance (benefit of the doubt) because of a real advocate/referral. Applying for jobs where you don’t know of anyone at the company and the only thing you have to sell yourself is your resume is always going to be difficult.