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Outrunning Your Shadow: 5 Job Search Lessons We Can Learn from Mr. Groundhog

Today is the day! It’s that time of year again when the nation wonders, “Will Phil see his shadow and scurry back into his burrow?” Gosh, I hope not. Either way, it might be tough to believe, but Mr. Groundhog fun facts can teach some pretty valuable lessons about job searching. Here are some things I bet you didn’t know about this weird and wonderful holiday and how our little weather critter can help land you a job:

Phil weighs about 20 pounds and is 22 inches long.

What can we learn from the size of Mr. Groundhog, you ask? Well, Phil can teach us that the size of a job search doesn’t matter; it can be narrow or it can be wide! The important thing to remember is to keep small, medium and large companies on your radar. Also, network smarter! You may only be one small person, but try to have 70 percent of your networking online and 30 percent in person. Attend events, reach out to others outside of your personal networks and work on building lasting relationships. Mr. Groundhog is pretty tiny, but he sure knows how to keep folks on their toes!

 According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

Whether Mr. Groundhog decides to burrow back into his hole and make us suffer through six more weeks of winter or grants us an early spring, there are job search lessons to be learned! If you are on a job hunt and you have a few weeks of downtime, use the precious time to your advantage. Read up on the industry you’re interested in, pay attention to the stock market and always be informed of current events while simultaneously searching for jobs! If you decide to get moving quickly, always put your best foot forward. Refine that resume, practice mock interview questions and pick up something spiffy to wear.

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s.

Wow, how many of us can say we’ve held the same job for 200 years? No one, except Mr. Groundhog. However, a lot of folks out there have been at the same company for years and years. The job search lesson to be had is about finding the right fit for you not just for now, but as a part of a long-term career plan. During your search, make sure you aren’t aimlessly applying for jobs, but targeting companies that you would actually love to work for. One of the biggest challenges facing the workforce today is the tendency to move frequently from job to job without direction. While that may be an excuse for soul searching, try to truly apply yourself during your job search so you’ll like your job just as much as Mr. Groundhog!

 Yes, Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just imposters.

 The myth, the groundhog, the legend. Ladies and gents, this day is special because Mr. Groundhog truly knows his identity and he owns it like no other groundhog! Two words: personal brand. To make a great name for yourself like our furry friend, Google your name, consistently update your LinkedIn and keep the crazy college photos to a minimum. Employers may not necessarily run to the Internet to figure out who you are, but it sure is important to know what’s out there about yourself before an interview.

There has been only one Punxsutawney Phil. Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking “groundhog punch” (a secret recipe). One sip, which is administered every summer at the Groundhog Picnic, gives him seven more years of life.

One last question – where do you get your longevity during your job search? Phil gets his from his weird potion, I get mine from exercise and long-term personal goals. Throughout your hunt, always find something that will keep your motivated until the end. It may not grant you seven more years of life, but it may just land you a job!

Who knew that Phil the groundhog could be so interesting and relate so much to job searching? Well, I hope you enjoyed the fun facts, but also take the job search advice seriously. By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be able to impress anyone, including Mr. Groundhog himself. Go make him proud! Do you have any other cool facts about Groundhog Day or job searching? Share below:

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