So decisive, directive, definitive, confident, firm, strong and certain. So absurd.
When it comes out of the mouth of babes (The infant variety or otherwise), manager, colleague, parent or army sergeant; it takes on an entirely different shade of grey. (No, not fifty shades).
“I want my 4 minute noodle right now!”
To get something done right & now is just not really doable unless you’re an army recruit and your platoon sergeant orders you to jump. You jump and ask “how high?” on the way up. There’s just no way to do that wrong I say.
As long as you don’t have a penchant for crew cuts or find camouflage sexy; in most if not all instances, it is a near impossible-to-fulfil request. You either get it right but not now. Or you get it now but not right. Let’s ratchet it up a gear….
I need to get into a (new) job RIGHT NOW! There’s the deep sense of urgency, demand, unreasonableness and absurdity all rolled into one. You can’t get a (new) job RIGHT NOW. You can get the right job and you can almost always get a job now. But never the RIGHT job NOW.
Unless your transition from one career junction to another is planned and managed immaculately, you will be constantly swimming upstream and tossed about to the whims and fancies of your superiors, the economy, corporate performance or the friendly folks at the bank’s credit department. You will simply be jumping/ pushed out of the pot into the fire.
Your career isn’t a Christmas lucky dip. You don’t plonk down a few dollars and pick a nicely wrapped package and hope for the best. You’ve already started, know it or not. You invested 18-20 years of your life to educating yourself. You got to put on the graduating gown and the funny hat, strode up on stage and collected your diploma or degree; and smiled for the camera.
And now you join the queue for the lucky dip?
Your education, knowledge, talents, skills and dreamboat good looks have little bearing on your job search. Searching or attracting your next job is a special skill that needs to be learnt. No difference from your 18 years in school except for that funny hat.
Your career is not a lucky dip. Take time to learn the skills needed to get the opportunity to apply the skills you already have.
Good diligence to you in your job search…