Very true in the context of work - if you are seeing patterns that you aren’t happy with, they aren’t going to change of their own accord.
This week’s quotes on the Unmasked Recruiter come from Greek philoosopher Heraclitus (544 - 433BC)
Famous quote - but one worth repeating
On the surface calm, underneath, not!
So tomorrow I will be putting up my first ever exhibition of photography and poetry. Like when I do anything for the first time I’m stressed, a bit nervous, and wondering if it’s going to end in disaster or if I’m going to get found out. Self doubt. I’m plagued with it at the moment.
Once it’s up and running I’m sure I’ll be fine - at the end of the day there will be nothing much that I can do about it by then anyway.
I guess this is how things are when we try something new - but I’ve always believed that everyone should always do at least one thing they’ve never done before every year. Otherwise, the years just drift by and we don’t learn or experience anything new. As for this exhibition, I don’t know whether it will develop into anything in particular, but if I don’t give it a go, I’ll never know.
How does this piece of self-absorbed waffle fit into a blog about recruitment? Well I think that change is necessary in order for us to be alive - I see lots of CVs of candidates who appear to be stuck in a timewarp and haven’t taken any risks in their lives, or tried anything new. I speak to people who have had comfortable careers, comfortable existences, and then when change is forced on them by unemployment, downshifting, bereavement whatever, they simply can’t cope.
Candidates who have spent their whole career in one company, even if they have changed job fairly regularly whilst being there, often really struggle to find their next position when they have been made redundant. This may be psychological, or may simply be an unfair perception on the part of the recruiter that this candidates is unable to adapt to change.
We all need to get out of our comfort zone on a fairly regular basis - at least if we do it by choice there’s a chance that we may be able to adapt to it when it’s forced upon us. Even if you’re not changing jobs on a regular basis, I think this is useful from a career perspective.
Looking for a new job, especially with all the financial issues that can come from this, comes near the top of stressful situations we experience in life.
Maybe exposing yourself to change outside work, putting yourself in a position where you aren’t 100% comfortable of the outcome, will help with coping with this particular source of stress as and when it arrives in your life.
Have a great weekend
— Kevin Sterneckert, a Gartner analyst in USA today (via ibmsocialbiz)
Oh goody…maybe I need to start recruiting in a different sector, (I mainly recruit retail operations roles in the UK), or maybe I should do something completely different. I know it’s a cliche, but the one true constant (apart from death and taxes, although the latter of course isn’t a constant if you’re a member of the extremely-wealthy-and-can-shift-all-your-earnings-offshore-club), is change.