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.
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!