Whether you are in the beginning, middle or end phases of your job search, you are essentially operating solo. You will have friends, family and associates rooting for you. You may have even invested in a career coach. But they’re not the ones doing the roll-up-your sleeves hard work – making the morning calls to set up meetings, tweaking resumes and writing letters, conducting research at night when others are watching a good movie or socializing.
I’m assuming that you have thought long and hard about your career transition. You know it’s the right thing for you. Then why do you feel so inconvenienced and uncomfortable at times? Yes, some activities you’ve chosen can be time consuming. You may be very uncomfortable picking up the phone to ask people for help. There will be times when you need to draw upon that reminder of what you’re doing what you’re doing. A fulfillment statement you’ve written as your gauge.
At this point, you’re creating a career that fits your life and who you are. You’re not done. As you wrestle with your fears and stumble through the tough moments, rather than asking, “How do I get these unwanted roadblocks to disappear?” you can ask, “What structures do I adopt to create the results I want to create?”
It’s important to revisit and hold beliefs that will serve you well!
Shift from trying to control things, to allowing things to happen.
If you’re honest, you know that you don’t control everything. So instead of trying to force things to happen or move faster than they are, be receptive and open to what comes to you.
Concentrate on acquiring patience, persistence and endurance as you go through the process.
This helps you develop resilience. Resilient people often become strong when the pressure intensifies. They bounce back. Think of a rubber band being stretched and returned to its original shape as it is used several ways and several times. Resiliency is the ability to be “stretched” as we experience change and challenges (good and bad), and the ability to adapt successfully to those changes.
Embrace with all your power and your belief that this is the right thing to do.
This will draw to you the resources you need: people, information, and opportunities.
Remind yourself that things are fluctuating and evolving in this process.
Although it may sometimes be painful, it helps to remember there is an end goal. If you’ve ever remodeled a home, you know that living in the day-to-day chaos of workers, noise, dust, smells and disrupted routine can be frustrating. But boy, when that new kitchen is unveiled and your guests are oohing and ahhing, it was worth it!
Sometimes unemployment inches up a bit. Sometimes it holds steady. Sometimes it dips. What does that have to do with you and your career change? Whether it’s doom and gloom data or good news – nothing!
When you’re making a change in good or not-so-great economic times you have to convince an employer that, even though you’ve never done this exact job, you’ve the right attitude, drive and willingness to learn and make a positive contribution; and the skills and background that will transfer well into this field. If you are making a major career change, it’s about proving you’re the right fit for the job, even without experience.
People get hired into kinds of economies because they bring measurable value to a company and can showcase it. Potentially, even if a company isn’t advertising any openings, if you add value to the company, every company is hiring.
Next time I’ll share some ways to transition your “yes-you-can” beliefs into action that moves you forward – even when faced with those frustrating barriers or unknowns beyond your control.
What do you think? Please comment below!