Hockey is a way of life in my house. My dad has coached hockey for pretty much my entire life. My 8 year-old brother was born with a stick in his hands and now plays. We’ve been going to New York Ranger games for as long as I could remember. So I’ve come to know the game pretty well throughout the last 22 years of my life.
When I was job searching, my friend and mentor Jason Mollica described my situation as being on a power play. For those who don’t know, a power play is a hockey term that means one team has more players on the ice then the other. This is usually because the shorthanded team has a player in the penalty box. The bottom line is one team has the advantage over the other. When Jason used this metaphor to explain my predicament at the time, I wasn’t sure I understood. However, his words have stuck with me during the last few months.
When I was job searching, I was networking with industry professionals, researching jobs and giving my resume to anyone with a reputable job and a pulse. I worked hard to make myself stand out from the millions of other recent college graduates looking for a job. I gave myself the advantage; I was on the power play.
Now that I have a job, I haven’t been as aggressive in terms of networking and talking to professionals. As I sat at the Rangers game a couple of weekends ago, I thought about how I used to be on the power play. Why did that advantage have to go away just because I found a job? In that moment, I decided to be on the power play again; to distinguish myself as an enthusiastic young professional always looking for new ways to grow personally and professionally. To start the process again, I am finding more ways to network and want to start reading more. Baby steps, right?
Hockey teams use power plays to capitalize or in hockey terms, score a goal. All of us, especially young professionals just starting out, should be on the power play. We need to make ourselves stand out and give ourselves the advantage. Share your ideas for how we can do this!