All In

One of my favorite quotes from the movie, The Karate Kid, is when Mr. Miaygi talks with Daniel prior to the first training session.

Miyagi: Now, ready?
Daniel: Yeah, I guess so.
Miyagi: [sighs] Daniel-san, must talk.
[they both kneel]
Miyagi: Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later
[makes squish gesture]
Miyagi: get squish just like grape. Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do “yes” or karate do “no.” You karate do “guess so,”
[makes squish gesture]
Miyagi: just like grape. Understand?
Daniel: Yeah, I understand.
Miyagi: Now, ready?
Daniel: Yeah, I’m ready.

Mr. Miyagi stresses the need to go “All In” in life – whether training for karate, being with your family, or the job search.  I often work with undergraduates and young alums who “do not want to close any doors” and try to conduct a job hunt in multiple fields.  One day the individual is attempting to apply for legal assistant jobs and the next he is going after a financial analyst role.  Trying to be a chameleon in the job search is not the best strategy to employ.

Personally, I recommend going “All In”, don’t be the grape in your scenario.  For example, if you want a career in publishing – go all in.  Follow the trade blogs, the niche job boards, create deep networking relationships with professionals in the field, research the industry and individual publishing houses – in other words, go ALL IN.  Find your career interests and aggressively go after opportunities.

Interviewers have told me that they can sense when a candidate is not committed to the job or the company, when a candidate is going through the motions to discover if he/she would like the position.  Often, this scenario is the result of the interviewee trying to spread him/herself around to appeal to multiple industries.  Trying to appeal to everyone often results in not appealing to any employer. Hiring managers are reluctant to make an offer unless the manager is fairly sure the response will be ‘yes’.

Aggressively go after career opportunities – research, network, apply, follow-up, be creative – if one does a career search only so-so, squish like grape.  Go ALL IN.


About Kevin Monahan

I have 10+ years experience in coaching clients in their career management and career change efforts. Personal career consulting services combined with employer outreach to help find opportunities for both constituents.
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