Some people never really leave high school. Even as adults you will still find them hanging out and spreading the latest gossip. The problem is that no matter how they go about it, a workplace gossip is killing their own career. It’s one thing to spend a few minutes chatting about the latest ball scores or last night’s, “Castle” episode, or to discuss the co-worker who has just returned from maternity leave, in a positive manner. It’s quite another to be dishing the dirt on anyone or anything at work.
You went from having set works hours to the vast open space of free time. We all long for it, but when it’s before us free time can be daunting. Make sure that you set and hold “work hours” each day. That is, dedicated and focused time toward your job search. Know in advance what you’ll do each day.
You must have an open communication with your mentor. Whether they are a relative, international coach federation, leadership developer or an online career management expert, you must be willing to meet with them. Once you have identified the type of mentor you admire, set up a meeting to get to know them better. If they’re not willing to communicate with you, then you know early in the game that they will not have the time to coach you at advancing your career.
Finding a job is a process. So you sent in your resume and you didn’t hear anything back… Call them, follow up. Remember, job hunting takes time and effort. So what if you didn’t land the first job you interviewed for? Shake it off and keep going. Above all, don’t get depressed – and don’t let your parents bring you down with worrying, if that’s how they are. Rarely is the first job you apply or interview for the right fit. If you need extra support, maybe talk to Mom or Dad about finding a career coach or joining a few career networks to keep you motivated and connected with what’s happening in your field of interest.
Voila! A contact told him about a marketing position with a company. The position was “junior” to him, i.e. lower level responsibilities, pay etc. But he told his contact what he was good doing and asked if they needed help in that area. Soon he was meeting with the CEO and was hired.
Long-term unemployment. While unemployment benefits are an often necessary and essential benefit when you lose a job, if you stay on unemployment to long, you are hurting your future employment possibilities. At one point unemployment benefits lasted as long as 99 weeks. While we admit it is hard to get a job during the recession, doing nothing for that 99 weeks is a red flag to employers.
Not everyone is able to find a quality mentor. But, if you’re one of the lucky ones, you don’t want to waste your mentor’s time. Be prepared to provide him with important information so that he has a good understanding of where you’re trying to go on your career path. He will want to know that you’ve put some serious thought into the end result you wish to achieve. Your mentor is your career coach, but he will not do the work for you. His job is not to make decisions for the future of your career. His goal will be to provide you with intelligent assistance that will help you achieve your own personal career goals. But, you must decide what those goals are first.
To paraphrase William Shakespeare, it might be the worst of times but it is also the best of times. What are you waiting for? The best is yet to come.