So, if you are one of my regular 11 readers, you know by now that we have a little toddler who is the apple of our eye. You'll also remember that I thought nothing of pimping out her cute face to promote our efforts to raise money for Susan G. Komen. I think of her constantly and for any of you who are parents (grandparents, adopted parents, stepparents, godparents-doesn't matter!), you know what a life defining experience the little poopers can be.
My sweet little girl is currently ill, and I have to admit that I am the kind of human who thinks "what can I learn from this" in almost every situation-even from my kiddo's flu. So, as I was cradling my sweet little girl with her high fever, low spirits, and multitude of phlegm (just so you have the visual with me), I thought "Ok, what's my lesson here."
And you know what-my lesson is ridiculously simple:
Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes good employees lose their jobs. Sometimes good companies lose their way. Sometimes bad people get great jobs. Sometimes seemingly professional people don't act the way we expect them to. And sometimes little toddlers get sick for no good reason.
Why does this matter in career transition and career management? Well, this issue is probably too big for one blog entry from one tired mom, but if I were to sum it up for all of the job seekers out there, it would be this: sometimes life kinda sucks-especially when you are unemployed. I think we just need someone to acknowledge that fact for us from time to time. There is only so much "keep your chin up..keep the faith..there is a plan for you" that one human can take.
Now, don't get me wrong-I do believe all of that-wholeheartedly. But I also believe in being realistic and the reality is that there are times when we just need to take a breather and realize that it's ok to be a little bummed about un or underemployment. However, we have to then take a step back and remember the fact that unemployment is just one facet of a multi-faceted life. If you have been like me, there have been times in your life where your career has defined you. I'm on the other side of that fence now and I hope I never go back. I love coaching people, helping them find jobs, and when the time is right, then I will love getting back into recruiting even more. But I don't think that my job will rule my life ever again. I think my last layoff taught me that. My last job may have provided for a lifestyle, but it never provided me with a life.
So, if you are like me and you are trying to find a lesson in your current situation-what are you learning?
Are you trying to increase your skills with certifications, webinars, or workshops?
Are you attending any networking events learning from the trials and triumphs of others?
Are you taking advantage of the huge array of often free resources available to you at a mere click of the mouse?
Or are you stuck in the "life sucks" mode hoping that someone else will come and bail you out?
Well, honey-it's time to put on your big girl pants and fix your own career woes with a little learning self medication. Go to your local unemployment office as a starter-chances are they have a list of free resources to help you up your skills. Check out technical/skill based certifications to help you increase your competitive edge. Get involved with local job search groups (sites like www.job-hunt.org are a great place to start researching these)..but baby-just get started! As for me, I know this has been one rambly blog that I'd love to spell check and think about more, but it's Tamiflu time.
Michelle currently serves as a Job Search coach helping professionals make the leap from looking to landed. In addition to her time spent coaching individuals, she delivers a variety of training sessions from Social Networking, Working with Recruiters, Online Resume Posting, and Interview Prep.
Michelle possesses over 15 years of diverse experience in functional areas such as recruiting, human resources, coaching, training, organizational development, staffing, sales, sales management, retail, and banking/finance.
Prior to working as a job search coach, Michelle made her career in the Placement industry working most recently for the 2nd largest Staffing Company in the World. For this multi-national organization, Michelle served as an Agency Recruiter, Corporate Recruiter, Senior HR Manager, and Area Vice President. During her tenure with this organization, Michelle was also tasked with various Organizational Development programs including the creation of a company wide Career Progression Program. Michelle also served on the three person team that introduced a new “Gen Y” based hiring model that included a greater emphasis on college recruiting/branding and internships. As a result of this experience, Michelle considers her greatest strengths to be talent identification/retention, talent development, and coaching for performance improvement.
In addition to these areas of expertise, Michelle is rapidly growing her knowledge base around Social Media and Web 2.0 as it relates to the work world. She writes a regular blog on job searching that can be found at: https://hireme.typepad.com/michellemorettini/. Want to connect to Michelle?
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