The cold and snow reminds us of winter, but the earth is warming. The light is brightening. No matter what day it is on the local wall calendar, if the distinct signs of career spring are present, then it is career St. Brighid’s Day. Hope and ambition’s fires take the kindling and leap into passionate life.
The beginning of career / job spring is the time spanning the end of pre-employment negotiations through the final “yes” handshake. The ink is stone dry on the agreement and the applicant morphs into new hire.
Several things are now top-of-the-list important but most important of all is the immediate application of the “First 100 days” plan. The First 100-days plan might be a note in the margin on an overall Life Management Plan, the master plan that embraces every aspect of living on the planet earth: career management, professional development, intellectual expansion, physical care, community relations and spiritual growth. It should be ready to be lifted right out of the general career marketing/management plan part of career management. (Once again, already well thought out and written down during career winter. This is another reason the work of winter is so important.)
A Cautionary tale
Around February, I can smell the change in the air, so when I get a “whiff” of spring (my sinuses never lie) and the sunlight slants a certain way, I check to see if the ground is soft enough to fertilize the roses. If it is, I fertilize with a pest repelling rose food that will feed the fast growing, hungry shoots. One year, I was too slow in doing this task and discovered pests already partying in the malformed rosebuds. I had to lop off an entire branch that year.
The “First 100 days plan” in a career is like the first fertilizer application to a prize winning rose. It is part of the work of spring.