Out of A Job and On Your Own

Part of my job brings me in contact with people¬†who are in career transition having been provided “outplacement services” but I know there are a number of people who are out on their own, casualties of a business decision.¬†¬†So, here’s the thing: it’s not that bad, there are numerous¬†resources –online and otherwise–of which you can easily take advantage.¬†¬†Those resources include all facets of transitioning including help with revising resumes, presenting yourself at an interview and networking to connect with opportunities in an effective manner.¬†¬†In other words, as a consultant working in the field on a daily basis, I understand¬† that my job has been facilitated in much the same way, with online portals designed to provide the supportive tools¬† needed as job seekers¬†re-introduce themselves to the¬†market.

It is the relationship portion of the transition that may be missing for those without a personal guide.  Even as the bulk of work for field consultants has been replaced by online portals and webinars, our value remains in the interactions we have with our clients.  While those out on their own can be resourceful and navigate their way through the myriad of articles and career websites to gain helpful information during a search, having someone to talk to can add hope, motivation and encouragement in a way that a website cannot.

To those in this last category, find someone in your life to whom you can¬†go who is able and willing to provide you with feedback on your resume draft.¬† Perhaps it is one person or even two, can be a spouse or a friend who has your best interest and in whom you also have a degree¬†of confidence.¬†¬†Be planful about your search, do not hesitate to contact people who might be helpful along the way, never asking directly for a job but rather for feedback¬†about an industry or company with which they are familiar.¬†¬†The vast majority of people¬†want to and will help.¬† Show your gratitude by writing thank you notes along the way, at minimum drop an email.¬† Personal notes are still the best.¬† Practice interviews, especially if it has been awhile for you.¬†¬†Have someone simulate the situation with you or go on a few interviews for jobs in which you do not have a high degree of interest.¬† See how that goes and then, review your “performance,” preferably with that trustful servant, so you know how to improve for next time.¬†¬†Finally, know that things happen for a reason; I have¬†not yet known a client who has not ended up better off for the change.¬† Stay positive!

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