An Oasis in the desert?
For many job search can feel like chasing an oasis in the desert. Wading knee-deep through endless sand while facing extremes in temperature is a very real analogy for those engaged in a quest for that next position. The longer the journey goes the more difficult it becomes and the frustration of seeing what looks like an oasis, yet in reality is a mirage, can be an all too regular occurrence.
In business it's much the same and I'm often heard saying that successful job search is a business in itself. It's the business of YOU Limited clarifying your positioning, promoting your message to a clearly defined target audience and then improving your performance over time.
Successful job search is about defining, finding and securing your next position. Unfortunately, this rarely happens overnight, it's personal (it happens to you and not the organisation you work for) and there will always be bumps in the road before arriving at the end destination.
At the weekend I watched a DVD, which is in part the inspiration for this blog post, in addition to its title.
Whether you like their music or not, one of the most influential bands of the nineties is without doubt Oasis. The self-proclaimed rock and roll stars formed in 1991 and within five years made history by playing two dates at Knebworth in Hertfordshire to an audience of over a quarter of a million people. An incredible journey by any standard and one born out of five key principles I took from their story and outline below:
1) They were prepared to stand out – when Oasis formed, the Manchester music scene was deep in rave culture with house music being a force to be reckoned with. Real music in the form of drums, guitars and vocals was somewhat out of fashion, to some extent forgotten and certainly not at first glance a winning ticket in the race to the top of the charts.
This made Oasis different and when the time was right enabled them to take the world by storm and achieve what they did in such a short space of time. Many of the rave bands that defined the late eighties and early nineties are now the ones forgotten. Oasis by being different and prepared to stand out, are still remembered, revered and respected.
[In the job market taking the same approach as everyone else