A week later, she prays the same prayer, explaining that she just lost her job and could really use the help. Another week goes by, and she tells the Lord that her car is about to be repossessed and how she could really use the money now. Several more weeks go by and her prayers become more and more desperate as her financial life spirals out of control.
Facing foreclosure now, face down on her bedroom floor, she wails, “Lord, please let me win the lottery. I’ve got nothing left, my children are hungry, and by this time tomorrow we will be homeless and living in the streets if you don’t intercede in some way!! Please, PLEASE, help me!”
As she lay writhing on the floor in utter anguish and despair, a loud voice boomed, “Mary, buy a ticket.”
It never ceases to amaze me how many people are like Mary. They will go around talking about what they need or want to anybody who will listen. They wring their hands and become upset and anxious over the fact that things aren’t going their way. Yet they refuse to do something as simple as “buying a ticket.”
If you are in job search mode, going to interview after interview, pleading your case to countless hiring executives, you may as well be saying the same hollow prayer that our example above is saying, if you haven’t engaged the services a professional career strategist.
There are an unlimited amount of services available to the job seeker willing to buy a ticket.
From interview coaching to professional resume writing and online biographies, the career strategist will be instrumental in helping you win the job hunt lottery.
If you are still handing out the same resume that you’ve had for several years and several career changes, you may as well be playing the lottery with last week’s losing ticket.
Even if those numbers do come up, the ticket is no good at that point.
Just like the lottery, your resume needs to be renewed and refreshed once the old one is no longer valid.
So don’t be like Mary. Buy a ticket.
By Robert Poindexter
Photo by Lisa Brewster