We are undergoing a massive global shift and are witnessing the changes wrought by this shift. All aspects of our society are changing exponentially. The world of work is chief among those changes, as witnessed by the unemployment numbers not seen since the 1930's. This external change in our world will demand that we change, internally, in order to thrive in the new society that will emerge from the upheaval we are witnessing. With that as a context, a client recently wrote to me and asked what advice I am giving to job seekers. Here are some responses to her question.
1) Imagine your best outcome – use this time to envision your best employment. It is natural to become frightened and discouraged by the news we are receiving. I think that during this time of great change, it is the ideal time to change your own thinking about what you what and to hold this thought in your mind. Imagine your best job. Imagine exactly what you want to do next. Write down, on paper, what it looks like. Write about what problems you are solving, what skills you are using, what satisfactions you are drawing from your tasks and your colleagues. See it in your mind’s eye and hold an intention for this outcome. I once heard worry defined as imaging and creating what you don’t want. Right now, imagine and envision what you DO want. This will require that you listen to your inner voice; that voice in your internal dialogue that guides you.
2) Be intentional is your search. Be focused and clear about finding that envisioned new work.
3) Pose the question, rather than find the fix. It’s very difficult to hold a question that doesn’t immediately have an answer. Try posing the question, “What’s my best next job? (or action?)” or “What is the highest job for me next?” and see what answer you get. Sincerely ask this question and listen for the voices of the Universe to answer. What gives you a feeling of purpose and meaning? We have but to ask the question to get an answer. But, you must be open to that answer. Listen and attune your senses to that answer.
4) Be flexible. I think one of the most demanded personal skills now is flexibility. How can you be responsive to the demands of now? Tell you own story demonstrating how you can be a flexible contributor. Recognize and embrace opportunities.
5) Create your marketing materials to reflect your qualifications to do your Intentional Job. Show how you have the flexibility, qualifications and enthusiasm to be in the new workplace. Tell that story.
6) Keep learning. Explore and exploit the wonderful learning platforms on the Internet and continue to learn and grow intellectually. If there is a certificate you can get or a class you can take that will further your qualifications to do your Intentional job.
7) Always base your resume and other marketing materials on your contribution to the organization. Ask what I call the “So what?” of your efforts. Add power to your resume by illustrating the Action and Results of your efforts. What do you know how to do? And what difference did doing that make to your results? Each statement on your resume should reflect how you took actions that created value; your so what?
8) Reach out and connect with people in the industry of you Intentional Job. Do your research (in Oregon, qualityinfo.org is a solid source of date), interview people who are actively engaged in their purposeful work and glean tips from them that will benefit your own transition to meaningful work.
9) Connect with people who are in job search, or who are in interest groups, or who have industry knowledge. Knowledge is power and it will help you focus and refine your intentional job search.
10) Create a positive affirmation; a sentence that gives you hope and reinforcement. Keeping that sentence near your computer and reading it often will reinforce your resolve and keep your positive energy clear. Such a positive affirmation might be something like, “I am finding my ideal job with ease.” Or “I am embracing all opportunities that lead me to my Ideal Job”. “I am finding the work I’m meant to do and enjoying the journey.”
Times of great change require new thoughts and behaviors from us all. Use this time of change to envision, adapt, prepare, and identify a place to practice your highest purpose.
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