Perspectives on job searching
Some people are subject matter experts, and some are industry experts. Some people are better with people, some more at home with technology. What I hear often now is an undercurrent of an expectation that you also need to be a job search "expert". You need to know how to market yourself, create your pitch, post a resume that beats the ATS and linkedIn profile that stands out in the crowd and build networks and relationships of lasting value. If you've been working for one company, in one profession for a couple of continuous decades, or your last resume was done on a typewriter, it's hard to know where to even start. Especially if you are trying to process the emotional fall-out - the stress of all the change at once (finances, friendships, sense of purpose, structure, self-esteem, plans) can feel overwhelming. But in the midst of the anxiety and doubt you can take charge, feel supported, maintain positive spirits and come through this time more resilient.
There is value in introspection and spending time alone. But there is also power in working through things as a group, or at the very least, with someone else. Someone reminded me today that we can look at ourselves in the mirror, but it doesn't talk back.... that's why being able to talk with a supportive friend, family member or coming to a group meeting can be a helpful way to share what you are going through and get new perspective. Many times over I hear from people who attend a Laid Off Calgary session that it is a tremendous relief to know that they aren't alone - in their thoughts or their circumstances. By listening to others' stories and gaining new knowledge and awareness we start to see new ways of looking at the same problem. From awareness we have choice and every meeting ends with declaring action or next steps.
Some topics we are exploring this month:
- The power of learning Mind Mapping as a tool and how it can be applied to job search
- Sharing stories and connecting from the heart; acts of kindness and the role of volunteering
- Love yourself - apply positive psychology and positively influence the way you dress (register here for Feb 14)
- Distress Centre presentation - access to resources and services (register here for Feb 21)