Wednesday, December 10, 2008

job search notes - "your very best friend"

I re-read Seth Godin's The Dip over the weekend and found a number of parts in the book that could be applied to the current job search effort. I wrote about the concept of Bingo here and leaning here.

Here's the good news: The fact that it's difficult and unpredictable works to your advantage. Because if it were any other way, there'd be no profit in it. The reason people bother to go windsurfing is that the challenge makes it interesting. The driving force that gets people to pay a specialist is that their disease is unpredictable or hard to diagnose. The reason we're here is to solve the hard problems.

The next time you're tempted to vilify a particularly obnoxious customer or agency or search engine, realize that the failed interaction is the best thing that has happened to you all day long. Without it, you'd be easily replaceable. The Dip is your very best friend.
So what does this have to do with searching for a job?

It determines how you look at "problems", how you can turn problems into opportunities! Utilize your skills to your advantage. Turn a dead end into a new avenue.

The power lies in your choice.
The power lies in the attitude you bring to the table.

Would you add anything to this?

Did you find a problem and turn it into an opportunity?