Written by Miriam Spinner
“You are not using the right tools”
“You can’t multi-task”
“You seem overwhelmed”
I heard those comments in a role when I worked for a Fortune 500 company. I didn’t feel overwhelmed, and multi-tasking was my strength, or at least I thought so. It set me back. I heard those messages over and over in my head. I also believed that failure was good. It is how we learn. It added fuel to my fire. So I took the feedback, thought about it, and decided to get back up and channel my energy into a new direction. That new direction for me was my career pivot.
When you fall: get up, recognize the feeling, think different and change your action. And remind yourself you are human being. Rinse and repeat.
How to Use Your internalGPS® To Rise Strong
Paula Shoup kicks off her talk by sharing expert knowledge on resilience. Brene Brown is a social scientist researcher from the University of Texas, and wrote the book Rising Strong. We are all faced with issues and challenges. The difference is that resilient people *Get Up*.
The resilient are taught to keep strong regardless of what happens to them and they recover more quickly. Let’s learn from them.
Paula tells us about her own personal experiences with rejection and failure. Her significant fall was a potential contract with a supply chain high technology company. It was perfect since Paula’s background was in supply chain management. As she was in the midst of the initial conversation, she realized she was not prepared. And if that wasn’t enough, her comment of no “shocks” may have sealed the deal. She never received a call back.
What do resilient people do? They get curious. They feel emotion. They think about the fall. They get back up.
Paula shares with us the key messages from Brene Brown’s TED talk on vulnerability. Based on her research, she found we don’t want to show or feel vulnerable. It feels like a weakness, it is a myth, and we learned it when we were kids.
Recognize the feeling. Think different. Do different.
Identify your values
Get clear on your values so you can determine if the organization is a good match for you. Google an image of values. Pick 10 of them, and narrow down to 5 to get your top real values. Ask yourself “Am I living them?”. Paula’s values are connections and making a difference. This is her pro-bono work so she aligns with Career Connectors.
Paula taught us the value of tactical breathing which is also mentioned in Rising Strong. It helps us with mindfulness, and decreasing anxiety. Military soldiers use the breathing techniques in combat. We practiced the Box breathing method in the session.
Right before the interview, try the power stance. If you are on the phone, stand up vs. sitting down.
Practice courage and let go of uncertainty. Be creative and write it down!
1 – Write a stormy first draft. It might be only a couple of sentences.
2 – Get curious about others in the story.
3 – “Rumble” with emotions (blame, criticism, etc.). Guilt is good – it moves us into action.
Shame and Blame focus on someone else – it doesn’t move us into action.
Shirzad Chamine works with executive leaders and CEOs on leadership. He discovered that a key theme was around how people judge themselves. Shirzad Chamine’s TED talk is about learning about your inner critic. Give it a name, and notice when it talks to you.
1 – Work on your daily habits: What am I tolerating? What is bringing up frustration? What is sapping my energy?
2 – Check-In
3 – Celebrate
Comparative Suffering: I shouldn’t be upset about a failure in my life since there are people who have no food. Your feelings of pain and suffering are valid. Compassion and empathy are infinite.
Brene Brown found that people who consistently “Rise Strong” follow a form of this process:
- The reckoning – walk into your story
- The rumble – own your story
- The revolution – process becomes practice
“Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to one another by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and belonging. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning, and purpose to our lives” – Brene Brown, Rising Strong.
Surrie Atkins, Recruiter
Farmers is the third largest insurance company within the U.S. It is part of the Zurich company. Community outreach includes United Way, Red Cross and Thank a Teacher. They are also involved in local events that help the community by donating backpacks, school supplies and sponsoring families.
Two position types are open:
1 – customer service in call centers at I-17 ad Bell Road
2 – Inbound sales (no cold calls)
Apply at Farmers.
Roy Bailey, Human Resources Director
Windsor has 5 care centers in Arizona – 4 in Cottonwood and 1 in the Phoenix metro area. They provide home hospice, home healthcare and destination to recovery care.
The open positions are in clinic and non-clinic roles.
- Dietary managers
- Marketing/Business Development
- Marketing professionals
- Social Services
- Registered Dietitian
Windsor offers internal incentives, such as $10K scholarship toward a degree, and 100% medical coverage at the director level. They treat employees the same as they treat their residents.
To learn more, go to the Windsor site.
Bob Sorrell, Sr. Recruiter/Primary Account Manager
There are over 90 NESCO branches, with a recent new opening in Costa Rica. They provide temporary and direct hire staffing services. They offer opportunities in IT and professional roles, and temporary roles in the light industrial market.
Current openings are:
- Maintenance mechanic
- Tool designer
- Part time admin
- Accounts Payable admin
- Data entry/Excel
- SMT programmer
- Quality Inspectors
Complete an application online. Jobs change frequently.
Goodwill of Central & Northern AZ
Denise Coulson, Area Leader for Business and Community Development
Goodwill is a nonprofit organization that serves as a positive catalyst for eliminating employment. Approximately 105,000 people were served through their career centers, and 45,000 were placed. There are 13 career centers in metro Phoenix, Prescott, Yuma and Flagstaff. They also conduct workshops at Women’s Fresh Start and New Leaf.
Denise tells us that mock interviews are really beneficial. Recruiting employers are at Goodwill on Thursdays. There are over 1,000 positions open.
Upcoming: Hiring Fest Thursday, March 29 with over 50 employers. Click here to learn more.
Jian Boldi closed the session by reminding us to download our portraits at CareerConnectors.org/photos, and of the following upcoming session: March 27: Put Your Strengths to Work – Find a Job that Fits, Stephanie Clergé.