Running and Job Searching by Jason Sininger

running and the job search







Running and Job Searching by Jason Sininger

Ready… Set… Go… I know these two topics do not at all sound like they are related but I have found myself doing both running and job searching this past summer and even now into the Fall. More specifically I have found that running has assisted me in being able to stay grounded during the job search process.

Here are some of the similarities in terms that I  noticed:

Training / Searching – Both seem overwhelming and sometimes impossible. The question of where or how to start may come to mind. One can start to answer this question or combing a variety of their thoughts and creating a plan that can identify where they starting from to where they would like to finish. This could be broad or this could be specific, but the important thing to remember is that it can change and it provides you some direction in preparing and moving forward.

Pace / Interest – Identifying and maintaining a rhythm can keep you balanced and steady as it helps you develop a foundation for which you can continue to build. Identifying your interest for the type of position you desire and skills you possess can be a place to start from as you begin a job search. From there you may identify transferable skills to expand your search that may align.

Schedule your training/ Applying – Preparing to run a race means that you build up your strength and endurance so you will need more than one race to prepare. To be successful there is both mental and logistical planning that one must do. Just as when you’re looking for a job you may find that you may need to apply for multiple jobs in order to be sure that you putting yourself out there for opportunities where you would make a good fit.

Breathing / Interviewing – Controlling your levels of oxygen intake is important and you will find sometimes you need more or less depending on how you are feeling at the time. Scheduling an interview can be exciting and being able to set up more than one can possibly put you in a position where you will have some options. During a race controlling your breathing and trusting your training is important. Similarly, when interviewing, taking time to breathe and trust that your experiences will shine through is one way to ensure you will get through the interview.

Spectator / Colleague – Having support from someone watching can help you feel like that you are not alone and that you can also share with them after you have crossed the finish. Reaching out to a colleague can be helpful to you in the process and someone you will want to share good news with after you have finished the process.

Finish Line / Job Offer – Taking that last step at the end provides such a feeling of accomplishment and that that you are now ready to move on. Hearing the words from an employer, “ we would like to make you an offer” provides such a feeling of happiness and relief that now know the answer to the direction you are headed.

Sometimes runners and job searchers alike are discouraged by their speed ( if it is slower). I have never been the fastest runner and my job searches have been slow, as well. In the end, it’s important to learn about ourselves throughout the process. Where can we improve? What are the gaps in our skills? Just as an athlete must reflect and focus intently on how the body feels, so a professional must reflect on the skills and knowledge they possess or lack.

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