Category: Career Success


We all want beautiful things in our lives to continue forever. Sadly, this is not always possible. You can lose that beautiful job of yours, but does that mean your whole world is crashing down? Definitely not.

managing job loss

Statistically, over 3.5% of people in the United States are unemployed. That is quite a hefty number considering there are over 327 million people in the US. Being among this number doesn’t sound cool for sure.

Aside from the intellectual sophistication of being a top professional, there is the psychological side as well. How mentally resilient are you to the shocking debacle of being laid off, how do you respond?

Accept the loss

One of the first steps in recovering from the devastation of a job loss is ACCEPTING THE LOSS. You will struggle to move on if you don’t adequately digest the reality of the job loss. Don’t run away from the hurt; look it in the eye and swallow it.

managing job loss

If possibly the job loss was from a fault of yours, sieve the lessons and add them to your repository of knowledge in preparation for the next job you get. Once bitten, twice shy it is popularly said. In the situation where it was more a general lay off and mass downsizing, well and good. Life goes on, doesn’t it?

Live life!

How crazy does this sound? You just lost a good job and are supposed to be drowning in misery.  But don’t forget that there is so much beautiful world ahead of you. Be positive enough to see the gleaming big picture. So long you are ready for it, one lost job is an avenue for a bigger one.

managing job loss

Many people make the mistake of resorting to self-destructive habits for succor in situations of job loss. Alcohol, drug abuse, smoking…the list keeps swelling miserably. This is the worst it can do. Whatever relief such habits give you, be assured it is expensively ephemeral with even far greater consequences.  Definitely, not a good bargain.

Enjoy life, make memories, and share beautiful moments with your loved ones. Here is something we are forgetting: eat great meals!

Build your network

This is something many people ignore. Being unemployed is an excellent opportunity to enhance and expand your network. Meet new people and establish fresh (and helpful) connections.

Attend conferences and seminars as to your industry and even externally. Go for targeted outdoor events. The world we live in is such a small world. You could need these acquaintances sometime later.

Get more sophisticated

The fact that you lost your job doesn’t necessarily mean you should sleep in the cinema all day or play fortnite all through the month. The time a job loss offers you can be better spent arming yourself intellectually and expanding your skill set. Learn more capacities and make yourself more employable, commercial, and competitive.

There are a plethora of online courses and certifications you can readily access within this window of opportunity and consolidate your repertoire. In this century, competition in the job market has never been more combative.

managing job loss

The last thing you want to do is hawk the same common skills abundantly strewn across the job market about. If you ever manage to get a job, the chances are high it will be a low paying job.

In all, these are ways to beat the gloom that escorts a job loss. Follow these steps and smile more. You will be surely grateful your previous employers axed you!

 

 

A large percentage of college graduates find themselves graduating into poverty, and moving back home with their parents in horrified disbelief that they are still eating Ramen noodles and cannot find a job that requires a high school diploma, let alone a college degree. One of the main reasons students experience this unfortunate introduction to the real world is because they are among the millions of generic college graduates who have done little or nothing to distinguish themselves during the “Dash Period”—the time they have between freshman and senior year to brand themselves. Through this signature work, Michael D. Brown has prevented thousands of students from graduating into poverty by helping them develop thriving and competitive personal brands that are empowered and equipped to achieve exponential personal and professional success.

health

  1. Listen. The interview will likely start with your interviewer(s) describing the job, the company, and possibly the type of person they are looking for, corporate culture, or other facts. Listen attentively, sit up with straight but non-threatening posture, and remain silent until you are invited to speak or it is obviously time to say something. Beyond obtaining potentially valuable data that can help you frame your comments and answers, this also demonstrates you are a good listener, a prized corporate skill that is all too rare in today’s world where people announce their lunch menu on Twitter.
  2. Speak. You should do most of the talking. The interview is about you explaining and proving why you are the best person for the job. Answer questions directly and honestly, and use anecdotes that illustrate your qualifications whenever possible. Describing how you led a sales team to double its revenues is much more impressive than saying you’re a good sales manager. Also use your research here – you may want to mention you helped another company overcome a challenge similar to the one the company currently faces – and be sure to have a few specific questions ready. The questions should revolve around specific tasks and responsibilities you will have, advancement potential, and other work-related subjects – not vacation and sick time!

 

  1. Follow Up. As soon as you get back home from the interview, write a short, polite note (NOT an email or even worse, text message) thanking your interviewer for taking the time to speak with you and mentioning one or two specific reasons you are perfect for the job that relate to topics of conversation during the interview. You will look professional and thorough, and a signed note really stands out in the age of instant electronic communication.

 

6.5Stay Positive. Even if you do your very best at a job interview, you may not get the position. Someone else may simply have better qualifications or experience, or have an inside connection. You must stay positive. Review the interview, correct any flaws or missteps that may have occurred, and put it out of your mind at the next interview. If you truly commit yourself to acing every job interview you get, you should find a fulfilling work position sooner rather than later.

Got 10 seconds? Feed your mind this nutritious thought and experience the exponential growth.

health

It’s no secret that jobs are scarce. Don’t be misled by encouraging downward trends in unemployment – a lot of the new jobs being created are of the low-level service variety. Quality, career-type positions are few in number and applicants are many. Add in the fact that today’s companies are terrified of making a bad hire, due to the intense dedication of money and resources involved in bringing on a new staff member plus legal ramifications of firing someone, and finding a job that will let you achieve your professional and personal aspirations is tougher than ever.

But it can be done. However, the key to obtaining the kind of job that will advance your career is acing your job interview. The interview is absolutely crucial to getting hired, and demonstrating you have the necessary skills and background is only a small portion of what you must accomplish. Here are 6.5 fresh steps to acing your next job interview.

 

  1. Do Your Homework. You need to do a lot of research before the interview takes place. The Internet makes this task easier than in the past, but you still need to check out the company’s website, as well as websites of its major competitors. Do a Google search of the company, its executives and its industry to find out what challenges it is facing. Also it may reveal important details about executives you will speak with, such as their alma maters, social activities, etc. you can use to personalize your conversation. If possible, discreetly visit the company’s lobby to get a sense of what people are wearing and how they act.
  2. Appearance counts. You are essentially hired (or not hired) in the first 30 seconds of the interview. Your potential employer decides very quickly if you are right for the job or not, and the rest of the conversation serves to prove or disprove this first impression. The very first thing your interviewer(s) will see is your personal appearance. Are your hair and nails freshly groomed? Are you wearing tailored business attire that is in line with current fashion but not too “trendy”? Is your breath fresh and are you well-rested but alert? Do you carry a quality leather attache case and have professionally printed business cards and resumes to distribute? If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” make sure it becomes “yes” before your interview occurs!
  3. Talk to everyone. Even if you arrive on time (I’m assuming you know enough to never be late, and ideally should be 10-15 minutes early), you will likely be asked to wait for at least a few minutes before the interview starts. If there is a receptionist in the waiting area, engage them in pleasant conversation. Also smile and say hello to anyone who passes by. Do not ask any questions or initiate in-depth conversations (remember everyone will report what you say and do), but if you are lucky someone in the company might reveal a valuable piece of information, such as what type of mood your interviewer is in or how many other people have been interviewed. Plus you immediately establish yourself as a social, professional individual who makes a good impression.

 

Got 10 seconds? Feed your mind this nutritious thought and experience the exponential growth.

Got 10 seconds? Feed your mind this nutritious thought and experience the exponential growth.

health

  1. Volunteer. While you’re trying to attract paying job offers, show off your abilities and help a worthy cause by volunteering. Participating in volunteer activities is a great form of networking, and someone on a volunteer board who is impressed by your efforts just may have a job opening they haven’t publicized. Plus let’s be honest, you should do at least a little volunteering anyway!
  2. Participate in professional organizations. Almost any profession has one and probably many professional organizations associated with it. These organizations usually have meetings, events, committees and other efforts that allow you to connect and work side-by-side with other professionals in your chosen field. Separate from more general networking and volunteering efforts, involvement in professional organizations is a critical step toward letting prime potential decision makers (with high paying job offers) know who you are and how much value you offer.
  3. Ask for references. You know the old piece of advice, “If you want something, ask for it?” It’s old because it always has been and always will be true. No matter how great a job you do for someone, they are not likely to tell other people about it unless you politely ask them to do so. Keep in mind that conversely, people love to immediately spread the word when someone does a poor job.

6.5 Stay active. This last fresh “half-step” is a simple reminder that attracting high paying job offers in a recession requires constant energy and activity. You cannot slack or make a half-hearted effort. Staying active in your efforts is the key to making sure your other six steps pay off. Think of it like following through on a baseball swing – no matter how well you swing the bat or connect with the ball, failing to follow through will result in a single or even pop fly instead of a home run!

 

Got 10 seconds? Feed your mind this nutritious thought and experience the exponential growth.