You know the movie Ground Hog Day where the same day just keeps repeating itself over and over and over? The movie could just as easily have been called “Insanity” … but maybe that name was already taken. You know what that is though, right … doing the exact same thing over and over while expecting different results.
I saw these tweets come through my Twitter stream last week …
#CareerAdvice – If your job search isn’t leading to offers or even interviews – Change tactics, get focused and get creative – Keep Movin! @Kris Plantrich
… and it reminded me of a conversation I had recently with a gentleman, very nice, who had never been a CFO but felt fully qualified to be a CFO.
Jim (not his real name) has been unemployed since January. January 2010. A year. When I asked what prompted him to call me, he said “what I’m doing just isn’t working.” He told me he’s been through outplacement and is currently getting additional outplacement from a different firm, but he’s not really too happy with the results.
Why, I thought, is he calling me … now? His response to that question I apparently articulated was: “Well, I think I need to do something different.” Still thinking, I said – to myself this time – well that’s good. He recognizes he needs a fresh perspective and a different strategy.
Good that is, or was, until he heard it would involve … effort. He wasn’t worried about what it would cost to work with me. He was worried about the work it would require on his end. And he wasn’t interested in putting forth any effort. I guess after a year of doing the same thing over and over he was rather exhausted.
We ended the conversation with him deciding to keep on doing what he’s been doing and hoping for the best. He’s living in his own Ground Hog Year!