Finding a job is just like learning to ride a bike. Like riding a bike, this is something we can all do. And exactly like learning to ride, it is something we can pick up again at a later date because we remember the skills, even if they’re a bit rusty.
The Early Days
When you first pick up a bike, you have no idea what to do. Everyone has made it look so easy. The other kids are all able to do it. You get on, and you instantly fall off. You have no idea how it is done.
The same applies when you first start applying for work. You write your resume and send it out. You either don’t hear anything back, or you get lots of rejection letters. You wonder why. All your friends seem to be getting jobs. You however, have no idea how it is done.
Your first experiences on a bike as a kid are with training wheels. These help you to get the idea of what you are supposed to do. The training wheels help the bike to keep its balance, while you practice the actions that you need to take to get the bike moving and keep it progressing along the road.
Your first experiences of creating a resume are often a bit like this; often when you are about to leave schooling for the real world. You have the supporting environment of college around you and careers advisory services to help you out. If you’re lucky, kind advisors help you to “stabilize” your resume. They look over your first few drafts and tell you where you’re going wrong. Their hints help to get you on track, to start moving and make progress along the road to getting a job.
An inevitable of the learning to ride a bike experience: your first crash. You take off the training wheels and try to start riding without them. It was easy with them, so you’re definitely ready to leave them behind. You know that other people crash, you’ve seen your friends with scabbed up hands and knees and the colorful bruises that a fall can bring. It doesn’t put you off though, and you kind of think to yourself, “That won’t happen to me”. Your dad or mom is holding the bike seat and you’re all set. Then they let go, and the first thing that happens is you tumble to the ground, bike on top. Often you won’t feel like getting back on that contraption right way. You want to lick your wounds for a while and recover. However, mom and dad know best, and they get you right back on there again.
In your job search this also happens. You apply for jobs that you think you are clearly highly suited for. The job market isn’t all that great, but that is OK because you truly are great and surely every employer will be able to see it right away and snap you up quick. You send in your best application. You wait. And then you receive a rejection. Or worse, you receive nothing at all, not even an acknowledgement of your application. Your job application just crashed. This can be a very demoralizing experience, but just like riding a bike, it is something that happens to everyone. And just like the bike learning experience, you have to get up and keep going.
You Pick Yourself Up and Keep Going
You’ve fallen off your bike a few times now. You’re getting fed up. You’ll NEVER get the hang of this. You whine about it to your parents and friends. You’ve half given up, but suddenly something clicks and you just get it. You can ride a bike. And you’re riding along and it’s all going smoothly. You did it. You can join your friends on bike rides around the park without the training wheels. You feel good about yourself and your achievement.
You’ve received job rejections a few times now. You’re getting fed up. All you get is rejections. You don’t want to hear anymore about how there were “many other candidates more suitable” than you. You moan about it to your family and buddies. You’ve half given up, but you have to keep trying, because you need a job to pay your bills. And then suddenly, when you’re not really expecting it anymore, you get that job offer.
Finding a job is just like riding a bike. You try, you fail, you crash, you get up and start again, and suddenly it all clicks and works out for you.
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