Bridgett is the CEO and Founder at BMcHAWK Talks, LLC, a public speaking coaching firm. She has presented at various conferences, universities, colleges, student organizations, and corporations and gets her energy from being around others who are passionate about the work they do and how it propels others to be their best. You can find more about her work here.
As a job seeker, we have a lot of ideas but do we know how to mentally regroup and charge ahead after a layoff? It is one thing to work on our resume and another thing to work on our mindset.
The objectives of the presentation are to:
- provide practical, real-life techniques
- examination of your “why”
- strategies for the neutral zone
When we think of someone who is incredibly confident, what qualities do we associate with them? Happy, positive, energized, go-getter? The fact is that all of us came to the world as confident beings. A baby is always happy. As we grow up and as we interact with others, we imbibe their opinions of us as our own and we lose our confidence. Similarly, when a company sends us a rejection letter, we think that something is wrong with us. Bridgett says, “A company does not define you or what you are good at.” So, she suggests the following steps to gain your confidence back and make your job search a success.
- Make a statement of your worth – Start with two realities (__and __), present a problem (but), and then present what you do (therefore).
- Example: It’s hot outside and it is important to stay hydrated in this kind of weather. But conveniently getting a quality beverage made from the freshest of ingredients can be a challenge. Therefore, I operate a lemonade stand that offers a refreshing homemade beverage with great service and a smile.
- Get comfortable with displaying awesomeness – Being humble is a great quality to have but this is not the time to be humble. As a job seeker, we need to be proud of our achievements and the difference we can make. So toot your own horn and let the world know what you can do.
- Do something that excites or scares you – like returning to school, starting a blog (ex. WordPress), collaborating with someone on a project, selling a service (ex. Thumbtack.com) or starting a business.
- Get (more) uncomfortable – Once you start doing something exciting or scary, challenge yourself to get more uncomfortable. This moves you away from the despair over rejections and helps you focus on something positively creative and stops you from brooding.
- Be ready with a response – When people ask about your job search. You might say something like, “I am good at what I do. I know my industry. I will be fine.” Use positive and powerful words. Share how much you are comfortable sharing.
- Mark the past – Captain Hernan Cortes landed in Veracruz for his great conquest in 1519. After arriving he ordered his crew to burn the ships. Similarly, as job seekers when we are looking for a new role we should take steps to mark the past and get ready for a new chapter in our life. It could be having coffee with your boss, cleaning the closet or traveling.
- Respect the past – The last job provided you with great returns but it is a thing of the past now. Though it was fun while it lasted, now is the time to keep moving by taking one step at a time to reach your target of finding a great new role.
- Avoid burning bridges – The world is a connected and small place. Don’t spoil your relationship with your last employer. Part on good terms. You never know who from the company might reach out to you. If they decide to burn the bridges, you be the bigger person and keep your side of the bridge.
- Burn some bridges – Clean up some toxic connections and make space for more awesomeness in your life. You might also decide to suspend some connections for the time being and decide to get back to them later.
- Take a minute to make two lists:
- the people, thing, and ideas you need to keep
- those you need to toss
- Take a minute to make two lists:
- Constantly use power words –
- I hope this will work vs. I know this will work.
- I might be able to do that vs. I can do that.
- If we can meet, then we can share more ideas vs. When we meet, then we can discuss more ideas.
- I believe that I can make that happen vs. I am confident I can make that happen.
- Give great eye contact – When talking to someone looking them in the eye displays confidence. Either as a speaker or listener, eye contact is essential. Here is a trick to stay focused in a conversation and to give a great eye contact. When talking to someone first look at their one eye, then the other eye, and then the nose.
- Avoid giving reasons for actions or decisions – Say you spilled wine at a restaurant dinner table. Instead of saying “My bad. I am sorry” and moving on if you decide to explain how you think that the wine glass was too close to your plate or how the waiter had placed it incorrectly, it is to no avail. You don’t need to explain. If someone specifically asks you, then you give them an answer, a strong one, filled with power words.
- Respond to criticism only when/if necessary – Maybe you find yourself in a situation where someone you know criticizes you for your career decisions. Try and get out of that discussion as soon as possible. That might mean diverting the discussion or responding to it briefly. If you give it too much time, you get sucked into their black hole.
- Don’t just talk about it; be about it – The purpose here is to constantly move and keep growing instead of being stuck in a negative mindset. So, make a plan and stick to it. The list of things which excite you or scare you, work on them. Make moving a habit. Make your plan and work your plan.
- Make others feel incredibly important – It gives you a sense of achievement and helps you build your confidence. It also takes the spotlight away from your situation and helps you manage your energy in a positive way.
Arizona Department of Health Services
Key Bentley, Sr. Healthcare/Administration Recruiter at Arizona Department of Health Services presented about key job opportunities at Arizona State Hospital (ASH). Some of the available jobs are for nurses, behavior health technicians, and administrative positions along with many other roles. You can find all the ASH jobs by going here and in the agency field select “Department of Health Services” and hit search. She suggested reaching out to her in case an applicant has a follow-up question about their application.
Accounting & Finance Professionals, Inc./Staff-Logic Inc.
Deanne Desautels, President/CEO at Accounting & Finance Professionals, Inc./Staff-Logic Inc. talked about some of the roles they generally get which are in IT, Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Legal, Healthcare, Customer Service, and Light Industrial / Warehouse. Staff Logic has ranked #1 for 5 years in a row for direct hire placements. They are also a preferred vendor the State of Arizona jobs. Please visit their office to register as a job seeker so that they can match you with a suitable role.
Jill Romanowski and Allison Chafin presented about the opportunities at Allstate. Allstate is one of the most recognized brands in America helping to educate and protect consumers from life’s uncertainties. The SW region (AZ, OK, NV, NM, & UT) is growing and they have new roles added every week. Some of their current roles are Claims Analyst, IT, Small business owner, Licensed Sales Professional and Agency owner. Find all of their open positions here. Allstate is currently offering a referral bonus of $10,000 for referring a small business owner for their Agency owner position.
Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona
Jezreel Ramirez, Employer and Community Relations at Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona. Jezreel described that Goodwill put 90 cents of every dollar they earn from reselling the donated goods toward helping job seekers in the community. They have career centers all over Arizona. You can find the nearest one here. They have five divisions – Commercial Maintenance, Corporate Careers, Retail, Workforce Development, and Warehouse/Transportation. Open positions in all the divisions can be found here.