"Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life." — Oscar Wilde
If you have ever watched any of the "Housewives of …." series, you see how ludicrous people's lives can be. If you watch "The Biggest Loser", you might become entangled in the lives of those who are racing the clock to lose weight. So why hasn't there been a show about job searching? It truly would make an excellent reality show. And there certainly would be no shortage of candidates to follow right now.
The Wall Street Journal selects job seekers to document their journey in a blog format. It is interesting and insightful. Check out Laid Off and Looking.
I used to watch Super Nanny and loved to see how to better discipline toddlers and create schedules for the family. I learned as I watched the show and I was entertained as well. The nice part about watching this was being able to see the "before" behaviors and the "after" behaviors. Seeing is believing. It is possible to make a change and get the desired results- and with a dash of humor mixed in.
I don't suppose the job seeker reality show is coming anytime soon, so in place of the show, learn from fellow job seekers. Watch and listen as they tell their stories of search. They made mistakes, they tried some new things, some worked and some didn't. Learn to step out of your comfort zone. Of course, talk to people who have secured new jobs, too. They have success behind them and as they tell their stories, you will undoubtedly hear of their many losses. They frequently tell you what they would have done differently and will openly share their advice. Take it and process it.
If you know any producers, pass the idea along. Reality Job Search. It would bring the issue into the main stream and teach the thousands of unemployed and those soon to be unemployed valuable lessons.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.