ALC Consulting

July 20, 2009

Slip Sliding Away

Filed under: job search — Anne Cloward @ 11:39 am
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Back to old S and G again. Paul once said that the thought some of his earlier lyrics were a bit pretentious, but I do like the chorus of this one.

Slip sliding away, slip sliding away
You know the nearer your destination,
the more you slip sliding away

When you are job searching, one of the easiest things to do is to slide into a very self destructive pattern for your days. You, in no particular order:

  • Get up when you feel like it.
  • Stay in your PJs.

  • Don’t eat breakfast.
  • Sit down at the computer.

First of all, there is the news to catch up on. If you are a guy, and you did not get to watch the games over the weekend, you have to catch up on all the scores and the play by plays. Then there is your email at five different addresses, and a game or two. Then you mosey on over to a job board or two and see if anyone is hiring for a job that matches your old title. And of course the black hole of Facebook is suddenly in front of you and after playing a few games and taking some quizzes and commenting on the postings from all of your old friends in high school, you look at the clock.

  • Eat something, since it’s noon.
  • Get dressed in your ratty old clothes since no one is going to see you anyway.
  • Make a few phone calls to see if anyone is hiring, except that no one answers.
  • Apply for a job online that you really don’t want.
  • Go outside for some physical activity just to break the monotony.
  • Go check emails again.
  • Surf the web since you are so bored. Watch old comedy shows. Track down useless information.
  • Knock off since it is four and you have spent seven straight hours on the computer.

This is your coach speaking here. As a career coach, I can tell you that you will spend your days like this and keep slip sliding away. I know how easy it is to go there. I have lived in parts of the country where it snows since I started college and moved from Phoenix. I know how easily it is to just slide down that slope.

Next: How to get going and moving.

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