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Newton’s First Law . . .as applied to job searches

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Inertia, according to The American Heritage Dictionary (2nd ed.), is the tendency of a body to resist acceleration; the tendency of a body at rest to remain at rest or a body in motion to remain in motion . . .unless acted upon by an external force.  Resistance to motion, action or change. 

This is a pretty straight forward description of Newton’s First Law.  It’s also a fairly accurate description of someone caught in the doldrums of a job search.  I know.  I’ve been there.  It’s a pretty common occurrence; after weeks — or months — of sending out resumes, working your network and developing new job leads with no results, you begin, in spite of yourself, to wear down.  You decide maybe you should “take a break” from all the mailing, calling and networking and just relax a little.  So, you slow down a little; sleep a little later, don’t shave every day, have a second (or third) cup of coffee while you scroll through Facebook or surf the ‘Net.  After all, you think, you’ve worked your ass off these past few weeks (or months), you deserve a break.  Besides, there are a few things you’ve been meaning to do around the house; now would be the perfect time.

But the sad truth is, nothing gets done.  You spend more and more time on Facebook (or MySpace), less time rewriting your resumé, expanding your network, etc.  It isn’t long before Newton’s First Law (pt. 1) is in full force.  You’re not only at rest, you’re resisting movement altogether!  Knock the shit off!  Get off your ass and DO SOMETHING!  Job skills are like muscle memory; if you don’t use it, you lose it.  Come to think of it, sitting around the house, watching NCIS reruns isn’t doing a lot for your waistline, is it?  And that expanding derriére isn’t doing your self-esteem a helluva lot of good, either, is it?  I know it’s hard.  No one said it was going to be easy, but the longer you’re inactive, the harder it gets to become active. 

Bodies at rest tend to stay at rest.  Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion.  Bodies in motion also tend to get things done!  GET INTO MOTION!  GET SOMETHING DONE!  Go down to the local library and see if there’s a job club and when it meets.  If there isn’t one, ask about starting one.  (While you’re there, why not see about volunteering to teach someone to read!)  Volunteering is also a great way to sharpen existing job skills (or develop new ones).  Take a class at the local community college; something having to do with technology (recent educational “upgrades” are real eye-catchers on resumes).  If you’ve been trying to land a full-time gig, think about getting a part-time or temporary one. 

Don’t think of any of these ideas as a way to pad your resumé; rather they are ways to expand your network contacts, sharpen existing job skills and develop new ones.  You could even find yourself developing an interest in a new and different career path.  (It could happen!)  The important thing to remember in all of this is simply this:  you have to keep moving!  You have to keep actively pursuing ways to enhance your job skills, to invigorate your job search so when the next opportunity comes (and it will come), you’ll be ready.

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Written by stevewthomas

June 27, 2011 at 1:50 am

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  1. Yes! And god knows we all need a kick in the butt from time to time.

    Thanks

    Mike

    June 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm


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