What A College Football Coach Can Teach You About Your Job Search

As a graduate and proud supporter of the University of Oklahoma, I watched with interest several weeks ago when OU football coach Bob Stoops was mentioned as a candidate for the then vacant University of Florida job. Though Florida’s interest wound up elsewhere, Stoops cited the same reasons he has in the past for his desire to stay at OU: He still works with the University President and Athletic Director who hired him, his family is happy in Oklahoma, and he loves the job he has.

What’s notable about the above is what Stoops passed up in Florida (and what he’s passed up previously). Certainly he gave up more money, more glamor, and a higher profile. He also passed on a coaching position at a school that’s much easier to recruit to (for some odd reason, some 18-year old kids prefer to spend four years in Florida instead of Oklahoma). And finally, he didn’t take the opportunity to go back to what he once said was his dream job.

Granted, Stoops currently makes upwards of $5 million a year, is in the process of completing a $3 million house, and is likely set for life financially, but his stated reasons for staying at OU are the very things many people overlook when engaging in a job search. In other words, the grass isn’t always greener…

If you’re considering a job change, start by asking yourself “Why?” If you hate your boss, your co-workers, your job, or you need more money then, by all means, start looking for a change of scenery. If you can’t stand what you’re doing, contact a career coach and find the field that makes you happy. But if you’re comfortable where you are, enjoy your job and co-workers, and are comfortable with your current wage, ask yourself again “Why do I want a new job?”

It’s a fact that it’s easier to find a job when you already have one. But, it’s not so easy to find a great job when you’re already in a great spot. Job-hopping has become quite acceptable in today’s workplace but, if you’re happy where you are, will more money or more prestige make you happier? What about six months or a year from now? And are you willing to give up all those things (good boss, good job, good co-workers) to essentially begin a new working relationship?

So before you punt your current job for a new road game, consider what your current team offers you. Think about everything you have in your present job and if it’s worth giving up to join a new team. You might discover the home field advantage you have now is too good to risk going for a big score in a new job!


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