Yesterday I talked about focusing on process as much as on results. I also mentioned George Leonard’s book Mastery which called for preparation, patience and training in mastering any discipline.
George’s emphasis on these components reminded me that designing and implementing a career plan resembles a marathon more than than a sprint. It’s a comprehensive process that involves and integrates defining yourself in the marketplace, working through your own blocks and barriers, training yourself to become an investigative reporter, and implementing a networing system that brings you face to face with a decision-maker who can hire you.
Before the current recession, the time it took for job seekers to land new jobs ranged from six to eighteen months. In the present climate, we should expect the process to take much longer. So prepare yourself to deal with that reality. Train yourself to run a marathon instead of a sprint. That’s the lesson of this massive economic downturn.