One of most respected and influential blogs in the HR/Recruiting world is called Punk Rock HR, written by Laurie Ruettiman. She has a straightforward style; honest and biting. She’s a great read; I love her and her stuff.
In her blog this week she wrote:
If you haven’t been able to find a job in two years within your field, the universe is sending you a message. You are no longer part of that field. It’s time to broaden your search. You should have expanded it six months ago, but I don’t want to judge you.
Look for something else. Now.
Shit. Did I waste all of those hours studying for that difficult Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exam so I could broaden my search to include . . .what? I thought I was already making my search broad by moving from “lawyer” to “human resources professional”. Should I be looking for general office/receptionist positions? How many employers will send me packing if I even TRY to get a less specialized job? I’ve already been labeled over-qualified.
Up until now, I’ve maintained a fairly upbeat attitude. Most of the job-seek advisors tell you to, and it’s not hard for me to maintain hope and optimism. I’m basically a cheerful person, not prone to blaming anyone else for my troubles.
Her words scared me, though, because it’s been 18 months of unemployment for me. Is it time to quit believing that the right job will show up eventually?
Instead of “Shoot for the moon, you may land among the stars”, should my mantra be “Shoot for Mt. Everest, you may land ragged and bleeding in a deep crevasse”?