Finding a new career is a lot like fishing

“Once upon a time, I had a great job with a great company. I spent my time loving what I do and doing it well. I had the passion, confidence, drive and determination to get the job done. Then, one day it all came crashing down…that was the day I was terminated.”

Does this sound familiar?

It does to me. A couple weeks ago, this was my story. Since then, I’ve found some time to regroup and rethink my future. I’ve also had a lot of time to go fishing, which I did.

During the last two weeks, I’ve also found that searching for a new career and fishing are actually very similar. So, in a sense, fishing is good training for the job hunt.

Let me explain…

When you decide to go fishing, you think about your options. Proximity, size of the lake or river, type of bait or tackle to use, type of rod and reel to use, etc.

So how does this relate to a job search? Well, when you are looking for a new job, you must consider proximity. Do you want to stay where you are or are you prepared to move to the job for better opportunity (and bigger fish)? Do you want to move to a larger or different city (lake), or are you satisfied with the opportunities in your current town (pond). When you apply for your new job, do you rely on tried and true methods like submitting resumes everywhere (tackle)? Or do you prefer to reach out to your network and solicit your associates for help in your search (bait)? Finally, do you go it alone (trout rod and reel setup) or do you enlist the help of a recruiter (charter a fishing boat and hunt for 500 lb Marlin)?

Are you still with me? If you’re into fishing, then I suspect that you are following all this. If you’re not into fishing, then contact me and let’s go!

Now, let’s briefly talk about the act of fishing. You can go boat fishing or shore fishing. Your methods can be active fishing, like “trolling” and “casting”, or passive fishing, like “plunking” and “bottom fishing”. Also, You have to realize that you can’t force the fish to bite, but with a little practice, you can maximize your chances. No matter what, you must be patient.

So let’s relate this to the job hunt. If you already have a job (boat) , then your chances are better at landing a new job because because it eliminates some of the risk. You can also be very active (trolling) in your job hunt by submitting resumes everywhere all the time, or more passive (plunking) by being very selective with the jobs you apply to. Passive job hunting and fishing usually require more patience. Finally, the more you fish and job hunt, the better you’ll get. You can use the internet to search fort things like “how to write a great cover letter” or “enlist a recruiter”. You can also search for “ways to rig your fishing setup” for a particular fish and “how to properly cast your rod”.

When you are in the final stages of the fishing process and job hunt, you are essentially reeling in your catch. You must do so with poise and finesse. You must keep your rod tip (head) up and
the fishing line (your demeanor and personality) tight and maintain the structural integrity as much as possible. Finally, if you did all the right things, you’ll probably bring your fish (new job) home to a happy family.

So, what do you think? Do you want to go fishing? I do, because I’m currently looking for a new career and I could use the practice.

Terence Klein is a social media marketing expert – which means he’s always learning more about social media. Terence is also a skilled project manager and well-versed in digital promotions, PR, digital communications and integrated teamwork.

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6 thoughts on “Finding a new career is a lot like fishing

  1. Terence, you are a hoot. Sorry to hear about the job loss. You have lots of potential but sometimes you do have to find a new “lake” to fish in.

  2. Great writing Terrance! I am sorry to hear about the job situation, what a shock! That great new “fish” will come! You will be a great catch for ANY employer! I would HIGHLY recommend you!!!!!!!!

  3. I’m not a fisherman, yet I get and love the analogy. Well done! You’re a great teacher…you convinced me social media is important, especially in business, and now I’m attempting to teach a business run by Neanderthals they need to get busy in social media! Keep up the good “work” and best of luck! A former student who wouldn’t mind being one again if time allowed and I didn’t have to drive all the way from Anacortes. Remember the tweet example you used in class when my car broke down and I was afraid I wouldn’t get to class and some auto repair place pinged me to offer their services? It blew me away…wish I could convince my employer how this could help their business.

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