I have to confess I haven’t taken much notice of the roadside advertising billboards in past road trips to Queensland; but this year on our New Year sojourn they seemed to capture my attention more so than ever before. Not the photo-shopped fast-food advertisements or the frequent “Road crashes affect more than just you. Don’t rush.” reminders by Dr. Brian Owler. Neurosurgeon. Westmead Hospital.; but the often profound and sometimes humorous messages scattered along the 1,000 kilometre trip.
One sign perched on a road edge front yard somewhere between Uralla and Walcha, particularly resonated with me. “Life begins outside your comfort zone.” It was a simple handwritten sign, not referencing a hamburger, soft-drink, beer, bungy-jumping, shaving cream or anything else really. Just the plain words in isolation.
When you reflect on your major life events, the things that have really shaped you, I think its true these tend to be either joyous experiences or moments of abject disaster. Sure, there are plenty of experiences which provide the balance or foundations to your life, such as family, friends, relationships, work, food and shelter and so on; but the big events, when they’re good or bad, certainly are central to who you are.
Of course for most people work is fundamental to how they live. The satisfaction we derive from our job, the time we spend at work, the relationships we build and the money we earn underpin much in our everyday life.
That’s why, when a job seeker tells me they are unhappy in their job, my advice is they already have the power to do something about it. They can either suck it up and simply get on with what they are doing; they can try to bring about a change to the circumstances making them unhappy or as a means of last resort, they can seek out another job. Importantly, my advice is not to spend time and energy in complaining about a life circumstance without first trying to do something about it.
2018 marks the 22nd year of Sportspeople’s Recruitment business and the 19th for our online activities, including the Sportspeople Jobs Market. Over this time we have assisted tens of thousands of job seekers gain employment and along the way helped as many employers secure the very best candidates. Our motto pretty much sums this up. BEST jobs. BEST People. Since 1996.
In 2017 we assisted more Job Seekers and Employers than ever before, recording our biggest year in all business metrics. The number of jobs we directly recruited, the number of jobs advertised at the Sportspeople Jobs Market, the traffic to the Sportspeople Jobs Market and the reach of our total audience all grew substantially in 2017.
With most of the economic data pointing to improved conditions up from the depths of the GFC in 2008-2010, including positive hiring intentions from employers, 2018 is certainly shaping up to be a good year for Job Seekers considering their career options and for Employers wanting to test the market.
If you're a job seeker with a New Year resolution to change jobs in 2018, don't just think about it, so something! It might be hard at first but remember, like that sign said .... life begins outside your comfort zone.
RM - Sportspeople Recruitment
First Published 2012.