Jack Kelly wrote an encouraging careers article in Forbes Magazine this week. He suggests thinking of September as the 'new January', a time to "Forget about all of the bad stuff that has happened to you over the pandemic. Block out the past negativity and begin with a clean slate. View things as if you've just begun your search…".
I hear what he is saying. I also think the very optimistic tone can be as demotivating as it is motivating, depending on what has happened to you in the past six months.
Like him, I too am pleased to see people share their good news of a successful search as an encouragement to all who are seeking work. We need more of that! By observation, I fear there are more people of all job grades joining the #opentowork and #gethired threads than saying they are getting jobs. I also see a lot of jobs being advertised, but I know the number of applicants is significant.
However, I have great faith in the human spirit, that we will collectively overcome. We must remind each other that initiative and entrepreneurship has prevailed through the toughest of situations before, and will again. We cannot rely on government leadership (as if I have to say that!), but there are a lot of leaders in business who know how to step up to challenges. Sure, our trust in them may be low if we have been laid off, but they are mostly the face of powerful investors who have to invest somewhere.
Many people do not share what I call my pragmatic optimism. For many it is not a case of "Winter is coming," but that 'Winter has come'.
We need to salute the thousands of heroes out there for whom getting out of bed is their victory. The burden of responsibility to provide for one's family and future, the months of rejection emails (or no feedback at all), weighs heavily on their shoulders. September is not the new January when you have exhausted your resources - emotionally and financially. September is a new September, the one we never imagined - the paycheck that didn't come in. Many fear September is the 'now normal' - but it doesn't have to be.
Kelly makes his noble call to action, words of great encouragement. He closes the article with sound advice on reconnecting with your network, reviewing your resume, checking your profile.
It leaves the question hanging - How do you motivate yourself when the last six months or so have hit you hard?!
From my experience, here are a humble '3 Steps to building back better’:
3. and try again.
My message is:
· Redundancy is not personal.
· Redundancy is not failure.
· Redundancy is being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Three steps you should take, amongst the many other good ideas out there, are:
1. Accept it is not personal - Ask your friends and family to tell you that constantly.
2. Accept it is not failure - Reflect on your pre-redundancy performance, and only you can judge yourself on that.
3. Accept responsibility for getting to be in the right place at the right time.
Please, whatever your situation - try, try, and try again.
You can do this.
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