– Richard A. Moran
A friend couldn’t help himself. He proclaimed, “When this job hunt is over, I’m going fishing! Funny,” he continued, “the two are almost the same thing.” He was right, pretty much. If you like fishing, you will probably like job hunting. The metaphor works and there are lots of reasons to compare the two.
Here is my case about the similarities between the job hunt process and fishing:
The metaphor works but it cuts both ways. One way is to expect rejection and complain about the onerous activity. In fishing, when the fish don’t seem to cooperate and don’t take the bait, we say we were “skunked”. We can complain about the fish and the lack thereof. Job hunting is the same way. We can post rejection notes on the wall and complain about the disappointment and decision making of others (like getting skunked).
The other way the metaphor works is to enjoy the expectation of what the next bend in the river might take and what big fish lurks there. Or, what lucrative career opportunity lurks there. If we are “skunked” we can come back another day when the fish might be biting. We can throw more bait in the water (do more networking, send out more resumes, be open to more career possibilities) to lure more fish.
Then, there is always the decision about what do with the fish once you catch it. Or, what to do with the job once offered. It’s all up to you, but I recommend you make the most of any fish you catch. Even the small ones may just be the first step in a long adventure.