“Overcoming your Job Search Hurdles”: An upcoming book from Dan Ryan

I will complete my first book in 2012 entitled “Overcoming your Job Search Hurdles” and I will use the next series of blog posts to give you some of the flavor of this manual, or better this roadmap to help you find your next job.

Much of what I will write about will come from actual experiences I have had working with those in job transition through the Career Transition Group which meets at Brentwood United Methodist Church in Brentwood, TN and a portion of any proceeds will go directly toward resources that aid those who are going through such transition.

I have been extremely fortunate to have chosen to work with this group.  I can remember well my first experiences with the group and how I began gaining an understanding of just all that job seekers go through.  I have also learned that this is not always a “happy ending” situation as I have seen more than one person die during the transition process under many different types of circumstances.  Finding a job is a pressure-packed and challenging process and it is one that some will remember with fondness for the rest of their lives and it can also be a horror story that some will never forget.

I first learned about running the hurdles when I was in middle school back in Illinois.  I was on the track team and thought it would be cool to be a hurdler.  The first meet was at a school on the west side of town and I remember the start of the race and then it gets a little blurry because I hit the first hurdle and went down in a heap.  How embarrassing!  I picked myself up and finished the race, but I will never forget that feeling of being on the ground, defeated by the first hurdle.

Job seekers encounter hurdles of many types and sizes in their job search and it is my intent to help define just what some of these hurdles are and also help future job seekers understand that others have come before them and that they too can make it over every hurdle in their race.

That brings up another point.  In most track meets the hurdle races are well defined and every participant has the same distance, height and number of hurdles to overcome.  Most job seekers have a different challenge because each person has a race with different numbers of hurdles of varying sizes.  As a result of these variables the race can be short or long and many give up hope before they reach the finish line or, even worse, they choose to end the race before they get to their ultimate destination.

How has your job search resembled a hurdle race?  Are your hurdles high; do you see many of them in front of you, and what strategy do you have in place to make it to the finish line?  Better yet, what is your finish line?

Lace up your shoes, begin that training regimen, and get ready to run the race of your life.  The finish line will vary from one to another, but you need to think about what your race will be and how you plan to get to the end.

If you know me it might seem disgusting to see me in racing shorts, running over hurdles.  Please wipe that thought from your mind and think instead about the kings of hurdling, such as Lee Calhoun, Willie Davenport, Glenn Davis and Edwin Moses.  In no time at all, working together, we will get you through the race.