Hey, I know you don’t want doom and gloom but one of us has to ask the hard questions. So, with the housing market in free fall and price inflation taking off, jobs are less secure. Now is the time to spend a few minutes thinking about what you would do if the unthinkable happened to you.
Full service outplacement firms offer a variety of resources that at first blush, may not seem aligned with your goals. For instance, many offer the ability to attend sessions on Entrepreneurship. Even if that is not anywhere on your current radar screen, it may be smart to attend. You may find that you are more interested that you thought. And even if it truly is not for you right now, it may be somewhere later in your career.
Shop differently at the food store. Get extra of whatever is on sale and use coupons to buy it. (Start a coupon exchange where you exchange coupons with other coupon collectors.) Look on the internet, as well as in newspapers and magazines for coupon offers. The goal is to always be eating what you bought on sale without having to pay full price for anything you eat. As you build up your stock, you’ll be able to do this more and more.
So as is typically my way, I began researching and reading about what this thing called networking is. And since it was so vital, my goodness, I just HAD to master it!
Any transition is daunting. A outplacement firm is at the top of the list of things that make us feel vulnerable because so much is intrinsically tied to a job search such as: your sense of self worth, various components of a job search that push you out of your comfort zone, pressure from family or pressure to take care of your family, the unavoidable feeling of “rejection” that inevitably comes with a outplacement firm, and the list goes on.
Regarding Job Brokers; happiness isn’t the only thing that money can’t buy; it can’t buy you a job, either. I also recommend avoiding resume-distribution firms with wild claims of success. You can learn to do the same things yourself with a little time and effort, while saving yourself a great deal of money.
First of all, know up front that few people feel skilled at figuring out a new career or finding that next job. Most people find the task daunting. If you are someone who is used to feeling on top of your game, be willing to be out of your comfort zone on this one – chances are, this is not your game. And if you are usually a not-too-confident person, know that in this context, you are not alone in feeling unsure of yourself.
Thinking about what you already know and what has worked for you in the past will help to boost your confidence and stay on track during the ups and downs of career change.