Consider the farmer

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And now, a more personal blog.

A few days ago, I felt somewhat disheartened by a lack of response from prospective clients. Well over 70 active proposals and I scarcely heard a whisper. On top of that, I was having issues with a non-responsive client (I ultimately had to cancel the project. It was very disappointing.).

It wasn’t a great start to the week.

My problem, at least in part, was I was looking at this professional lull the wrong way.

Job seekers, this post is for all of you. When you get down and the employment fish just aren’t biting, consider the farmer.

I lived out in farm country down in the United States for a few years before coming to Canada (I’m originally American, for those who don’t know) and it was an interesting experience getting to know the agricultural industry. While the field (no pun intended) has its own specific knowledge, there’s a lot any job seeker can learn from the work farmers do.

To quote Ecclesiastes of The Bible, there’s a time and a season for everything. Farmers plan their crops, till their fields, scatter the seeds, protect the plants…and there’s a right time for every step.

What’s the point? Right now, this is your time to scatter your seeds; send out your resume, lurk on job websites, work the shoe leather by going door-to-door…keep up the search, even when you feel like giving up. Each daily task you complete when it comes to your job search is another seed sown; another chance for an interview, a job, a career.

With each resume and application submitted, you don’t usually see immediate results. That’s the point, though; you’re investing your time for the future and, in time, you’ll reap the rewards. In farming, that’s the harvest! In the job hunt, well, it’s finally getting that job.

There are some dissimilarities, too. The difficult part of looking for work is the interim between sowing and harvest; unlike farming, there’s not much action where a job applicant is concerned. You can apply for jobs, follow up on inquiries, but other than that, unless you’re shortlisted for an interview, there’s not much action to take. When that happens, start back at step one and keep on going until you break through.

I suppose the takeaway here is to keep working for your future and don’t lose faith. Through all the hard work, preparation and study, farmer can never know for absolute certain what the return on their investment will be before harvest is done. There are unpredictable factors, like pest infestation or a severe weather disaster. Yet the setbacks, be they real or still just possibilities, don’t hold the farmer back. They shouldn’t hold the job seeker back, either.

You never really know what tomorrow will bring. Perhaps its an interview, perhaps its a new job. You don’t know. What you should know, though, is that every day that goes by on your search is one day closer to landing the job you want.
Have faith, keep trucking, and I’ll talk to you all next week.

– Adam

Do you have any tips for surviving the job hunt? Feel free to discuss below!



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