Written by Jim Tousek– MAOM, SHRM-CP
My wife and I attended the Bruce Springsteen concert last Thursday. What a show! The Boss is going on 70 years old, and he gave a non-stop 3 and half hour heart pounding performance. His energy and passion was immediately contagious. I took a valuable lesson away from that night which has taken me 40 years to learn. We all know the saying, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work another day in your life”. Springsteen’s “work” is testimony to this fundamental truth. Looking at his expressions on the huge monitors, it was clear how much he loves what he does, and that he is doing what he was born to do. Most of us are not fortunate enough to know what we were born to do at an early age. The great news is that it isn’t too late to CREATE this next chapter of our lives by taking this time of transition and change to explore our passions, values, and motivators. Today’s keynote speaker encourages us to do just that.
Activate Your Job Search
As a Business Account Coordinator with Arizona@Work Maricopa County, Kevin is able to fulfill his passion for helping all job seekers, especially low income and homeless job seekers. He is a matchmaker of sorts, matching Maricopa County businesses with job seekers by assisting employers with their recruitment and screening efforts through AZJobConnection.gov and coordinating on-site recruitments and job fairs.
Kevin has been affiliated with Career Connectors since 2009, and he is a Career Connectors success story! He found meaningful work through Career Connectors after he lost his job working for the same company for many years. He received a phone call and was told his services were no longer needed due to the shut down of the company’s Phoenix location. We have all experienced similar scenarios of being “right-sized”, “down-sized”, laid off, or let go due to a “reduction in force”. If you have not personally experienced it, you certainly know some one who has.
Kevin reassured us that it is okay to grieve your job loss, and there are some valuable lessons to learn:
Lesson #1: Recognize job loss is traumatic. Take some time to grieve your job loss, but set a deadline and get back in the game. Your new full-time job is finding that next new opportunity!
Lesson #2: Understand how companies think. It helps to detach emotionally from what happened to you by accepting that companies exist to make a profit, not to give you a life long career. This may seem harsh, but it is a truth that when fully embraced allows you to move on knowing that the company’s decision to let you go was not personal.
Lesson #3: Control you own career path. Your job security comes, not from your employer, but from your skills, experience, education, and talents. Use this time to get additional training and education, take on temporary or contract work, volunteer, start your own business, start a professional blog, make connections with others. Well, you get the picture.
Lesson #4: Take care of yourself. Some of Kevin’s suggestions included: getting out and exercising (running, hiking, swimming, cycling, weight lifting, yoga), having balanced and nutritious meals, and getting enough sleep. Join a support group and network.
I enjoyed and learned from Kevin’s story about the site meetup.com. This is a social site, and no one thinks of it has a networking site. But, here is some out of the box thinking from Kevin: You go to meetup.com because you love hiking, and you would love to hike with like minded individuals. You find a great hiking group and you go on your first hike. Before you are half way up Camelback Mountain the fellow next to you asks you what you do for a living. Wow, there is your opening to strike up genuine heart felt conversation about your situation. Now this fellow may not have a job for you, it is true, but he might know some one who does. So here you are just taking care of yourself on a lovely hike, and yet, the Lord works in mysterious ways. Be open to possibility!
Lesson #5: Decide what you really want. Maybe you did not like the job you had anyway. In fact, maybe you hated your job. This is a time to reflect and determine what you really want. Kevin recommended a great book What Color is Your Parachute 2016 by Richard N. Bolles. There are effective exercises in this book to help you discover your core values and motivators so your next career is rewarding and fulfilling. Other resources include Strengths Finder 2.0, DISC (free through CareerConnectors.org), OnetOnline.org, Business Journal Book of List (free at your public library).
Lesson #6: Try Everything!
- Career Connectors
- Stengths Finder 2.0
- Phoenix Business Journal Book of Lists
- Hoovers a D&B Company
- Public Library
- Goodwill Career Centers
- Fresh Start Women’s Foundation
- Job Fairs! That is where the employers are!
Lesson #6: Find all the jobs! Create profiles on the major and industry specific job boards, create/update online profiles on LinkedIn, Twitter, FaceBook, attend job fairs (Kevin says that is where the employers are!! So yes, job fairs are effective if worked properly), Network!
Lesson #8: Volunteer – Five Ways Volunteering Can Help You Find a Job or Advance Your Career
Lesson #9: Expect Rejection. You will get rejected by e-mail, by phone, and simply by just never hearing back from the employer. It happens, it is not personal. Keep moving forward! Kevin likes this quote from Rocky:
Lesson #10: Success Breeds Success! All you need is one Yes!
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NCU is regionally accredited, 100% online University and is comprised of the School of Education, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and School of Business and Technology Management. Courses are taught by an experienced, all-doctoral faculty. NCU’s mission is to educate professionals throughout the world and provide an accessible opportunity to earn a US regionally accredited degree. Northcentral mentors students one-to-one with a highly credentialed faculty via advanced delivery modalities. NCU commits to helping students achieve academically and become valuable contributors to their communities and within their professions. Northcentral offers a comprehensive benefits package and supports the professional growth of its team through free education benefits. NCU is currently looking for Enrollment Advisors, Financial Aid Advisors, Academic Counselors, IT professionals and others. If interested, apply at www.NCU.edu/Careers or contact the Human Resources team at careers@ncu or 855-552-2010.
Nesco Resource is one of the leading national staffing and employment agencies offering services in temporary staffing, direct hire, and a host of other staffing and recruiting solutions. Through its branch office network, Nesco Resource offers clients and employees services ranging from Temporary Staffing, Permanent Placement, Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Onsite Management Services and more. Nesco Resource is an employment agency with dedicated offices supporting Engineering & IT, Clerical & Light Industrial, and Accounting & Finance specialties.
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Jessica Pierce closed the event with a big thanks to Highlands Church who graciously provides their spacious and beautiful facility for these events. Jessica, the staff, and volunteers at Career Connectors pray for us that we will find work soon. Also, be sure to take advantage and utilize the many free services offered at these events like LinkedIn Coaching, free business portraits, resume coaching, and my personal favorite, the DISC profile offered free in partnership with Top Talent Consulting. This behavioral assessment will help you conduct a stronger interview, increase your understanding of your strengths and value to a company, and even help you integrate key action word and phrases in to your resume. Take your DISC assessment today at CareerConnectors.org/disc/