Do your thing, they said.
Step your game up, they said
Battle your demons, they said.
But “HOW?”, I asked…
It’s easy to get the motivation pumping… but motivation is no good when you don’t know what to do with it.
I’m just putting this out there that I’m done with spouting the platitudes and am committing to fiery action.
Here are four simple steps you can take to relaunch your career
#1: CONSIDER WHAT YOU WANT TO DO ( CAREER ASSESSMENT)
Think about your skills and interests and how to apply them in a work environment. Putting some thought into what you want to do and what you are able to do is key to selecting jobs that you would be suited to and more importantly enjoy doing and feel MOTIVATED!
#2: FIND OUT WHAT’S OUT THERE
Once you have figured what you want to do, the next step is to identify all the industries and all the jobs available that you can apply your skills and interests to. This ‘market research’ allows you to explore possibilities, update your knowledge on current market trends and gains insights into the job you are ideally looking for.
#3: MEET PEOPLE IN JOBS OR INDUSTRIES YOU WANT TO DO
Informational interviewing is an often overlooked area for gaining employment. So once you have identified potential employers that interest you, set up meetings to meet them. This is often viewed as ‘icky’ or uncomfortable, but successful reentrants say that building authentic relationships was a differentiating factor in successful informational interviews.
It’s important to remember, that getting rejected or not hearing from people is normal, after all they are not closely connected to us. So remember to accept that rejection will be part of the process and its not the ‘end all’ and you have to keep at it. This is also the trick to accessing the HIDDEN JOB MARKET.
#4: DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO QUALIFY FOR THE JOB
Once you have identified what you want to do, and researched the market to get insights on the job, next you will need to detail how you fit the job requirements. If you are unsure or feel the need to upskill, perhaps considering a mid-level internships such as the returnship programs, job shadowing or volunteering can help you discover whether the job is the right fit for you before embarking on a full fledged full time job.