If you’ve been following my blog, you may have a sense my professional life is in what you might call…a transition.
I spend a lot of time thinking about looking for a job, looking for a job, or contemplating how to avoid corporate America all together by starting my own business. With two Spring races coming up—Tillamook Burn Trail Run 50K and Smith Rock Ascent 15-Miler—training is also on my mind. So, I wasn’t surprised during a recent run it struck me how training for a race is akin to job searching. Dashing through mud puddles and leaping over roots, I envisioned a Venn diagram where these two forces collide or a puzzle with moving pieces begging to be put together.
Today’s blog post serves as a reminder for everything that’s good and bad about job searching and training for a race, and a reminder to not get discouraged by the complexity of the puzzle—the best way to solve it is to keep moving forward.
- Patience: I’m probably stating the obvious here, but there’s nothing easy about getting a job or training for a race—both require the utmost commitment, patience, and ability to brush off common annoyances. You can probably guess which one I’d rather spend my time doing.
- Setbacks: I’ve applied to many jobs I knew I’d be perfect for only to be told via a standardized email “other candidates better fit our needs” (of course, that’s if they even bother responding). And then there’s interviews you bomb (well, that I bomb). There’s also setbacks on the running front—nagging injuries, low weekly mileage, disappointing runs.
- Enemies: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And yes, there’s also your common foes when it comes to job searching—online job application forms, recruiting agencies, ridiculous interview questions (e.g, what’s your current salary, tell me about a time when…), just to name a few. Running foes—surprisingly, there’s more than you might think (although, your biggest enemy is probably yourself, see next bullet)—renegade toenails, disagreeing stomach, chafing, and trail hoarders. And don’t even get me started on people who use the term, “jogger!” [Continue Reading]