“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao Tzu
The minute I heard those words, I immediately went into action mode. I was already applying to jobs in my head and I had not even been escorted out of the building yet. My brain was in such overdrive that you could probably see the smoke coming out of my ears. The worst had occurred and I just wanted to move on. By the time I got home that night, I knew who I had to call and advise of my new employment status.
As a natural person of action, I always have a solution in mind for everything that comes up. Naturally, my immediate response was to make looking for a job, my full time job. After all, I heard this strategy many times before and was ready for it! I immediately formulated my action and marketing plan based on my desired results and the amount of time it would take to get the end result, which was to find THE JOB, not a job, but “THE JOB”.
After three weeks of a lot of lost sleep, tireless nights, acid filled intestines, discombobulated and emotional outbursts, and many headaches, I realized that my approach was not effective at all! I was on the computer job searching up to 12 hours per day, and watching the days slip by like grains of sand through my hands with little to no result. I decided to re-strategize and formulate a new plan. Overall, the new plan has worked wonders and I am happy to report that it has lead to doors being opened in areas where I only saw a wall!! Let’s start with mourning!
MOURN, MOURN, MOURN! – Spend 24 hours (that’s right, just 24 hours is all that is needed!) mourning the loss of you former employer. Mourn to your very core and release all that draining emotion from your system! You ARE not your job! Embrace this new chapter of your life and understand that there IS a valid reason for why this is happening. Remember that it is not happening TO you, it is just happening.
EMPTY YOUR MENTAL HARD DRIVE!- De-clutter all that is blocking you from moving on. Your e-mails, contact lists, paperwork, material items, finances, relationships, etc. Do not limit this activity to your work life and include all items in your home and personal life as well. The simple act of de-cluttering will free you of the emotional chains attaching you to your past employer and you may discover some newfound energy you never knew existed.
ASK YOURSELF! – Ask yourself what the opportunity means for you and what you should learn from this experience. This will help you transition into a higher awareness and recharge your emotional battery.
CREATE YOUR “JOB SEARCH” BUSINESS PLAN – What value do you add? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Conduct a SWOT analysis of yourself. What is your marketing strategy? What is your personal brand? What do you stand for? Who is your target employer and its demographics? How will you differentiate yourself from the rest? Do you believe in the value you THINK you add? Make a list of ALL the attributes of the ideal job and employer and make a list of an acceptable one to you. The list should include things like job title, salary, industry, schedule, location, employer, etc. Don’t settle for anything less than what is on your list! You deserve only the best!
CONTINUE TO DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS! – Read books, attend seminars, webinars, networking events, and keep that brain sharp!! Become a superstar in your area of expertise!
EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY! – This IS the time to kick up your social media skills to the next level. No more excuses! It is here to stay and continue growing and IS part of your brand. May employers recruit from Twitter, Facebook, and of course LinkedIn. Is your profile updated? Are your keywords inline with your desired “JOB” While it may seem daunting to start getting involved with something that used to be considered for kids only, learning to master this new technology will energize you and keep your mind sharp!
TAKE CARE OF YOU! – Use this opportunity to learn new things, take up new hobbies or pick up ones that you pushed to the side when you were working. Think of all the things you said you wish you could do when you were working and do at least ONE of them.
Once you see this transition as an opportunity and a project, you will begin the paradigm shift needed to be successful in your job search. Just begin with one step at a time…
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