I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks, I felt bad about it but my idea well was dry and feeling bad just dried it up further. Until I decided to look at the problem from a different angle – there are plenty of times in job search when the well runs dry or threatens to do so. (Ah-ha I could write about that, although there was a scary moment when I sat down and tried to retrieve this whole thought string and it wasn’t coming back to me.)
When job seekers gather they often fall into business buzz speak, so the question of what is in their pipeline is bound to come up. What prospects are you working on, what might be close, what new things are going in to your pipeline? All of the activity seems to run in cycles, and sometimes the previous cycle seems to be closing down without anything new coming along. The well (or pipeline) is getting awfully dry.
What to do to fill it up again?
Just like my idea problem, worrying about the problem just makes it worse. I have no ideas, why don’t I have any ideas, when am I going to have another idea, I really need to have another idea… Not exactly productive thinking. I pushed all of this to the back of my brain, enjoyed the splashes of fall color for a few days and a thought wandered in that dry spells occurred all too frequently when I was in job search and did I remember how I handled them?
Obviously nature helps me to reframe my thinking. A brisk walk is good for a lot of what ails us. Increased blood flow and a little green therapy create new brain flow. There might have been leads that come back to mind that you might have intended to follow a bit further, say.
Trying something new might get you through the dry spell. A seminar, networking meeting, informational interview that someone suggested that didn’t spark your interest at first.
Setting a challenge for yourself is a good one, I find. I pick something that is just outside my comfort zone – this is how I went to my first networking event. Or I have reviewed the way that my most recent prospects came in and pick a method that I haven’t used to find a new prospect.
How do you get through a dry spell?
Beth Anne Reed has a background in Customer Relations, Process & Project Management and a deep interest in Written Communications.
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