Yachts and Your Job Search

Jacob_van_Strij_-_Het_Jacht_van_de_kamer_RotterdamBoating has produced no shortage of terms that can be used in the workplace. For example: “Smooth sailing,” “all hands on deck,” “don’t rock the boat,” “choppy waters ahead,” or even “when things get all mast up, you gotta burn rudder and get the hull out of there.” Okay, I made that last one up, but still, the point remains, boating and the working world are BFFs. That’s why, when we saw this article about an amazing comeback in the America’s Cup yacht races, we thought, hey, that might be cool to share.

But more than just being cool, it holds a valuable lesson that can be applied to your job search. The article states:

“After making changes to its boat that have improved upwind speed and after making a change to its lineup, replacing the tactician John Kostecki with the star British sailor Ben Ainslie, Oracle [Team USA] has mounted such a remarkable comeback that it begs for a dry-land comparison, like the Boston Red Sox winning four consecutive games to overcome the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series.”

When things weren’t going their way, Oracle Team USA changed their approach. Likewise, if you’re not having luck finding a job, maybe you want to follow their lead. No, you don’t need to hire a British guy to run things, but you should try something new. Write a new cover letter. Redesign your resume. Reach out to some different people. Do SOMETHING different.

Because the old phrase – “If at first you don’t succeed, try again” – is a great and all, but if you ask me, it’s missing a key phrase at the end: “with necessary adjustments.”

What do you do when you’re in a job search slump? Let us know in the comments!

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