Baseball & Job Search

The association is quite real and I really liked this article, thus I’m sharing it with you. Good job hunting!

Baseball’s Lessons for Job Seekers

Baseball’s World Series is an exciting celebration of the sport known as
America’s Pastime. It marks the end of a long, hard-fought season played
out on fields and in stadiums across the country. Believe it or not,
baseball holds a number of great lessons for job seekers:
You have to swing to get a hit. In fact, you have to swing a lot! Swinging
is like accessing job opportunities. Job seekers need to uncover lots of
opportunities before connecting with one that’s right, just as batters
swing at a lot of pitches before connecting for a hit. They don’t just
stand there waiting for the perfect pitch. They use a keen eye to swing at
anything that looks good.
Don’t swing at just anything! On the other hand, a great player tries to
avoid swinging at junk. Likewise a skilled job seeker doesn’t scattershot
apply for every job they uncover, including those they are not interested
in, not a match for or have little chance of getting.  Like baseball, job
seeking is about looking for pitches that are in the strike zone, and then
taking a swing.
Batting .300 is pretty good. Even the best players can safely expect to
strike out at least once in virtually every single game. Striking out may
be frustrating, but players do not give up. In the dugout they must think
through what happened at the plate and strategize for better success next
time. Like baseball players, job seekers can expect to strike out regularly
while trying for a hit and they have to learn from each at bat.

A hit is not a homerun. Imagine a hit as being called in for an interview.
Then consider how rare it is to hit a home run ? getting a job offer. Most
hits are caught for an out or thrown to first for an out.  Being invited
to interview is a great progress. It’s better than striking out. But it’s
still a long way around the bases to home plate.  Some job seekers get so
excited by being asked to interview that they start expecting the first
paycheck.  When a baseball player gets to first base, he doesn’t celebrate
yet. He thinks about what it’s going to take to get to second, and to
third, and to home. He’s 100% focused the entire time and never assumes
it’s a sure thing he will score.
It’s all about being prepared. Have you ever noticed how much time baseball
players spend standing around in the outfield? What do you think they are
doing out there? Star gazing? Picking clovers? No. They are fully engaged,
prepared, and ready for the hit that will come their way. They may wait
through many plays, or even innings, without participating at all. But when
the ball comes, they are ready. Likewise, job seekers may face intervals
without any action. Stay sharp and prepared for when the opportunities
Teamwork is required. Imagine the short stop fielding a grounder then
trying to run it himself to first base for the out. It wouldn’t work! Or,
imagine a batter hitting a single then trying to make it all the way home
by himself.  It probably wouldn’t work.  In baseball, and in job searching,
it’s about having a team you can count on to help you make the big play or
run the bases. Your network is part of your team. You need people who are
good at catching, fielding, pitching and hitting. A baseball team of all
catchers wouldn’t be strong. A variety of network contacts and support is a
key to job search success.


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