Do not start your job search by “throwing together” a résumé to “see what’s out there.” Be deliberate, intentional and purposeful as you embark upon the career transition process.
- Respect yourself enough to know yourself – inside and out – before you “go to market.” Self-assessment is the place to begin.
- If you say “I don’t have money to hire help” then start reading and learning on your own. If you say “I don’t have access to a computer as the company kept mine when they fired me,” then see what you can do to get access to one. Borrow one? Go to the public library? Buy the extra one your buddy has sitting on the shelf collecting dust?
- Do not blame other people for your current status of “unemployment.” Own it. Manage it. Move on. What’s done is done and there’s no better time than the New Year to create a new beginning.
- Let go of negativity. Hiring managers don’t want to hear it; recruiters don’t what to hear it; and your family/friends for sure don’t want to hear it. Try this: Get a small notebook to drag around everywhere you go. Listen to what you are saying. Each time you speak something negative, record it in your notebook. Do this for one solid month. At the end of the month, what – if anything – have you learned?
- No matter how difficult, challenging or tough your circumstances, decide that you are in charge of you and that you will make a promise to yourself to get a plan in place to move forward -- not tomorrow, not next week – today!
- Enlist some people to help you make a new beginning in the New Year. You can fly “solo” in looking for a new job, or you can build a team. Teamwork works.
- Do not tell yourself how bad, awful or terrible the job market. Somebody somewhere thinks it is good and that somebody is going to get the job that has your name on it.
- Make a list of five positive attributes about yourself and beside each attribute, write an example to back up your claim. This activity will be helpful in writing your résumé and in job interviews.
- Make a list of five negative characteristics about yourself. Think: assets/liabilities. Once you have named your top five, ask yourself: Will this trait work for me or against me in looking for a new opportunity and what, if anything, can I do to manage this trait so it doesn’t pose a problem?
- Make a list of your skills – the ones that you are good at and would like to offer to an employer to generate a paycheck. If you say, I have no idea what my skills are, here’s a quick and easy activity: on a blank sheet of paper, write KNOW – L – EDGE at the top. Then start compiling a list as quickly as you can of what you KNOW that gives you an EDGE. You’ll surprise yourself!
- Convince yourself of your value and worth before you try and convince a stranger.
- Make a consistent commitment to your career transition project. You are the project manager. You are the project driver and leader. What you do today determines your project outcomes tomorrow.
- Do something special for someone today with no expectation of thanks, recognition or acknowledgement.
“We cannot start over, but we can begin now, and make a new beginning” ~ Zig Ziglar