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Still Waters Run Deep – don’t they?

It’s been 3 months since I posted last. Life got busy – with work, international travel, and then with everything. I kept making notes on topics to blog about. I kept getting more ideas. But I never got to posting.

 

And then I reflected on this quiet period and saw many parallels such as fields that need to lie fallow.

 

It looked to you like I wasn’t posting – because I wasn’t. But it didn’t mean I wasn’t working on blogging.

 

I think there’s a parallel in how your job search may go. You are enthusiastic and committed and working hard. You read everything you can in e-newsletters and on line that help expand your job search potential. You make contact with your contacts. You send out your CV, tailoring cover letters to each situation for which you are applying.

 

And then the “NO” messages start to come (or worse yet, you’re left hanging with no communications coming at all).

 

It is hard, I know, to keep at it when there seems to be no news, no positive reinforcement. It gets harder and harder to read the e-letters and send out resumes and make contacts and then you discover you haven’t done anything.

 

So when you’re in a period like that, remember that still waters run deep, fields need to lie fallow – and you may need a break from the job search. In all 3 cases, something is going on. You are preparing for the next stage – and you know you’ll get back to the search revitalized, recommitted, and with a better sense of what is best for you.

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