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The Seasons Are ‘A (Always) Changing

As a New Englander, I’m a sucker for the seasons. That is, I have a love/hate relationship with them: love the leaf colors, hate the allergens; love the beautiful, fluffy, white stuff; hate the dank, icy, gloom of late winter. And so it goes with the job hunt, too. You can get to liking the extra time and flexibility in your day; yet there’s so much to be done, so many people to network with, so many emails to answer… you may not even notice the seasons changing. Then, once you get that job, you have to make another transition: all the old familiar structures you erected to help you get through the job hunting period fall by the wayside: your job search companions, regular networking meetings like MPN, a daily schedule with its own unique markers. Just because you got that job, bought that house, got that promotion, made that transition into a new field…doesn’t mean that you won’t have to do it all over again. But, with luck and hard work, not to mention keeping up with the network we did so much to establish, we can do a better job of it next time we’re faced with a change. Speaking of seasons, I’m still caught up in the baseball season. Here’s a quote I heard today by the late, great gm Branch Rickey: “Luck is the residue of design.” And so it goes for your job search: prepare well, focus on the things that need to be done today, and when something comes through, know that it was by design: your adjustments to the job market, your willingness to change, and maybe even your participation in MPN. I guess we all need to become better adjusted to the reality and regularity of transitions. Me? I’m getting out the snow shovel today!

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