Plant Yourself a Garden

Spring is the season of renewal.  With practical universal decree most would agree that this past winter was a miserable and lengthy episode all across the country and it is now time to enjoy spring anew. At one point in January 49 of the 50 states had snow on the ground; only Florida was spared from the winter wonderland!

For those of us in the north (we actually had our final frost of the season last night) we now are ready to plant the garden.  Though the perennials have been growing and turning green with every rainstorm and bright sunny day the last few weeks, it is now time to work the soil and plant the annuals and vegetables.  Even the most depressed of us is encouraged by the change of seasons which brings with it a positive change of attitude.

Before you start thinking that this posting will instruct you on the nuances of marigolds and petunias let me acknowledge right up front that spring and planting have been used by numerous faiths and various societies over the centuries as symbols for a new beginning or a new birth which is exactly what those who find themselves in a rut must address so they can move forward.

For those who have been searching for work for a few months, you now are realizing that the dream of a quick or immediate new position was nothing more than a pipe dream and that now the reality of a lengthier transition must be addressed.  Though you have had plenty of leads and much appreciated assistance from your network the promised land just hasn’t come to pass quite yet.

Many employment experts believe that if you have indeed fallen into a search rut that you need to mix it up and try something different to achieve success.  Here are a few ideas to get your search back on the right track:

Rewrite your resume.  A new focus or angle may be just the right answer. Re-emphasize your strengths and achievements in numerical fashion.

*  Expand your search beyond the “normal.”  Get out and meet new people, join a new organization or dig deeper on those friends and connections you have with Facebook and LinkedIn.

*  Now that the weather is better make sure you are at every social gathering and educational meeting that has any relevance to your search.  Meeting new people or letting those you know that you are still looking is important for your brand.

*  Write an article or get more involved in Social Media so that you can get additional needed exposure.  Your personal “pull date” is nowhere near ready.  New activities will freshen you up for the long haul.

*  How about taping a You Tube video on your philosophy of leadership or conducting a webinar on your management style?  Post it and promote it to any and all – the exposure will broaden your brand.

*  Take a deep breath and analyze why the ideal new job hasn’t come your way.  Is it because you haven’t done everything you could to let the world know that you are available or is it because the right job just hasn’t been posted yet? 

Every transition has its hills and valleys and no matter what you attempt the rollercoaster ride known as job search will continue until a new home is found.  Spring provides the eternal opportunity to restart your effort and with the new plantings you are now achieving it won’t be long for those blossoms to result in true employment results.  Success is not far behind!

Dan Borschke is a Certified Association Executive who has been a CEO for 3 distinct trade associations in his career.  He currently is between positions and has written more than 50,000 words or 75 blog postings on the topics of job search and career transition.  He can be contacted at:

Copyright:  MMXI.  Reprint of this article is permitted if the above paragraph is included.


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