Believe it or not, you can learn valuable career management lessons from television shows. The lessons come in two flavors: good and bad.
Successful TV shows can go on for years and remain popular with many viewers. Other shows limp out of the starting-gate and fall on their face before they get through season 1. What can you learn from this for your career management and job search plans?
For one thing, success depends on multiple factors, some of which are highly unreliable, such as fickle public tastes. Something is received enthusiastically for a while and then dropped, or a particular theme might resonate with viewers while one that’s similar fails to strike a spark with the public.
On the other hand, the television industry isn’t always known for innovation. The opinion seems to be that if something worked well once, it should work for multiple versions of that idea. Occasionally a “franchise” will develop a successful, long-term track record, but in other cases, that doesn’t happen.
You can learn at least a couple of things from these situations:
The television industry sometimes gets in a rut because a concept worked once and because relying on the tried-and-true seems easier than coming up with a new idea. If you’ve been using the same job search techniques for a decade because they’ve worked for you, that’s fine; but what happens when suddenly they stop working?
You need to get out of that rut and look at what’s going on. Is your approach not getting results now because the work world has changed too much and you haven’t kept pace? Maybe you need to start trying new things!
Is that comfortable? Not always, but it might be critical to your ongoing career success.
So what are some pointers you can get from TV shows?
You’ll attract more employer attention and hold their interest more effectively if you keep these points in mind. The goal, of course, is to move them to action–job interviews and, ultimately, job offers from your target employers.