Are you an employee, business owner or manager who suddenly finds it necessary to reinvent your career due to the economy, a lay off or going out of business?
Or, do these uncertain times simply inspire you to make a change?
If so, you may wonder if you can make a fresh start without having to start over.
The good news is you can. Here’s how:
1. Feel Your Feelings…
Get angry or frustrated or confused or scared or excited…. It’s natural and healthy. No need for the stiff upper lip and no need to deny any enthusiasm. Respect your feelings, and then move forward.
2. List Your Passions
Ask yourself: What do I like about me? What do I do better than anyone else? What do I own or use that makes me unique, whether it’s the tone of my voice or music collection or…?
3. The Value of Values
Discovering what we value can be elusive especially under the influences of the “shoulds” from society and loved ones. It can help to ask yourself: what is most important to me? Security? Freedom? Independence? Money?
4. Having Strengths is Not Enough
Know your strengths, yes, AND remind work contacts and networking buddies where you excel. Be visible. How? Listen to and collaborate with others; share your ideas; if you’re working, participate in meetings and accept projects that highlight your skills.
5. Say “Yes” to Everything
Saying “yes” to all opportunities is a powerful expression of self-confidence. It attracts more (and better) opportunities and choices—you can always change your mind.
6. Transferable Skills
Instead of starting something entirely new, you can start by building on what you already know or have done. For example, from accountant try a transition into financial planning; from teacher to social worker; from real estate agent to tour guide, etc. If it worked for you in the past, it could serve you well now.
7. The Secret to Reinvention
Don’t know what to “change into?” That’s okay. The only way to find out is to experiment. Volunteer, do work experience, temp or take part-time work in a field you’ve always been curious about as a career. The best place to start is to follow whatever you’re drawn to—trust your instincts.
8. Find Support
You’re not alone. There are always others in a similar position as you. This is no time to be isolated. Networking with others via interest groups, small-business networks and manager support associations leads to new opportunities. Let people know you’re looking for work or customers – it’s not begging, it’s marketing.
9. Turn Lemons into Lemon Meringue Pie
If it were impossible to fail, what career would you choose, today? Is it what you are doing now? If not, could this transition be the time to make a significant change?
If you are seeking career assistance please contact Rosie at Positive Goals & Solutions today.