“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Another wonderful by-product of being in the trenches with job seekers has to do with lifelong learning. I am constantly learning and gathering ideas from those I serve. Case in point: yesterday. As our session got underway, my client shared with me how she had lost her job – her boss fired her on-the-spot a few days ago. And my client’s biggest concern, beyond how to write a 2012 best practices résumé, was what to say to employers regarding her recent firing. As a part of that conversation, she exclaimed: So, Go with What You’ve Got! Still, other clients have concerns about how to find a job when they lack specific experience or education or credentials or motivation or direction or have extended periods of unemployment. Instead of worrying and wondering and waiting to look for a job based on what you do not have in your Transition Toolbox, what about what you do have, or what you could add to it if you so choose. Here are a few homework questions for you to consider prior to carrying out a job search:
- What are your top five portable and transferable skills?
- What positive things will your past supervisor(s) say about you?
- What traits and qualities do you possess that support your new target goal?
- What do you most like about yourself and your credentials? What needs some work?
- What distinguishes you from your competition?
- What are five specific reasons an employer would want to hire you?
- What talents do you have that come naturally and easily?
- What is your level of commitment, motivation and determination with respect to finding new work?
- What supportive, thoughtful remarks will your customers and co-workers say about you?
- What makes you a good fit for the job you desire and what value will you deliver to an organization?
While you can spend hours and days and weeks fretting and stewing about what you don’t have to offer an employer or what’s wrong with you or what’s missing in your skillset, perhaps my client’s words of wisdom will be of value to you. Maybe there is no better time than now to Go with What You’ve Got!
"If you really do put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price." ~ Author Unknown