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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:

  1. The power of learning Mind Mapping as a tool and how it can be applied to job search 
  2. Sharing stories and connecting from the heart; acts of kindness and the role of volunteering 
  3. Love yourself - apply positive psychology and positively influence the way you dress (register here for Feb 14)
  4. Distress Centre presentation - access to resources and services (register here for Feb 21)

In a recent group meeting we explored some of the job searching "truths" and challenged these with more positive affirmations.

Sometimes it's helpful to call out the reality as we perceive it and prepare ourselves with alternate beliefs.

What is your perspective?

1. Markets are highly saturated and competition is high.

  • I am valuable and unique. 
  • You can't win a lottery if you don't buy a ticket.
  • There are niches and opportunities, I will look for these.
2. There is no single formula for getting a job. What worked yesterday may not work for today etc.
  • I am flexible and think outside of the box.
  • I am responsible for my own job search. 
  • I will keep persevering

3. There is bias towards ex oil & gas workers. 

  • I have lots of transferable skills. I can diversify.

4. Employers are low balling and taking advantage.

  • I know my value. I am open to negotiation.
  • I will find a job - as long as I keep persevering with an open mind.
It's normal to feel a bit shy about coming to a meeting! There is usually always at least a couple of other new people in each group each time - you aren't alone!

If you attend our in-person meetings or join the Facebook group, please follow these guidelines. This is a community based peer support group. Ideas, collaborations, suggestions, feedback is very welcome!

Next meetings: 

Newcomers and past participants are welcome in all meetings. Please register for each meeting you wish to attend. You may find more value in consistently attending a regular meeting time each week to be able to get to know and network with others and build upon themes from each meeting. 

Meetings are held at different locations depending on the date & time. Find us on Eventbrite (search for Laid Off Calgary) to find a meeting and register! 

Add yourself to the waitlist if you see the registration is full for the week. There are often last minute changes.
 
Tuesday afternoon support group - SW Calgary
Recurring Tuesday's 1.30-3.00pm
Themes change weekly.
With Bianca Sinclair & guest co-facilitators (varies!)
Please register for future Tuesday afternoons 

Thursday afternoon support group - NW Calgary
Thursday's 12.30-2.00pm With Bianca Sinclair & Jacqueline Moore
Register here for Thursday afternoons 
Note: we will finish 15 minutes early this Thursday 15th Feb

For Laid Off Calgary meetings (connection, peer support, resources and sharing) please visit LaidOffCalgary.ca

Need a break from the job search? 
Laid Off Calgary walks! Location varies, weather permitting
Next walk Nose Hill Park - Wednesday 15th February, 10.30am-11.30am
With Bianca Sinclair 
Register here to stay updated
 
In case you missed this...

Dave Byrnes online webinar for all your LinkedIn Q&A answered live Feb 14, 12noon, register here
Adam Czarnecki's great series on youtube: ideas tips & tricks on how to land a job
Job Search Boot Camp - there is still space on Feb 22, includes a free lunch
Calgary Public Library and CPA free ebook - "Survive and Thrive"
Laid Off and also a parent of young kids? Join Kurt at the YMCA Thursday 16th Feb, 1pm for a parents playgroup
Mentoring Mondays job coaching and keep momentum with Kate McGoey-Smith
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