Cold Weather Blues

Posted January 25, 2014
By Clay Cerny

I ran into a neighbor today and made a joke about the weather.  He didn't laugh, telling me that Chicago will be hit by about 6 more inches of snow before we face two days of below zero temperatures.  This winter sucks, and there's another month left to go.

What does this have to do with job search and career management?  A lot.  Whenever we dial back on looking for work or put career management on the back burner, we lose opportunities.  Employers need to hire, and they will make an offer to the best available candidate.  If you're so traumatized by the snow and cold that your not networking and responding to job posts, another person is getting a job that could be yours.

Here's a good reason to look even harder during this kind of weather:  Less competition.  If bad weather is keeping people from applying for the jobs you want, that means your chance of landing that job is better.  Take advantage of a bad situation, and make it work for you.  Don't get stuck singing the Cold Weather Blues.