Managing one’s professional path, sharpening one’s skills and developing one’s unique persona and brand, takes making a plan, it takes patience as it is built over time and it requires behavioral consistency, and maybe most difficult of all, being on the receiving end of direct feedback along the way.
So here it is, I am going way out on a limb: I am of the platform that has to do with Thriving. Give me a man or woman, regardless of their age, religion, gender preference, disability (and any of the other classifications), who desires the chance to pursue meaningful work, be productive, be a provider, to contribute, improve their own lives, their family’s lives and the lives around them, and I am for that political platform.
The BEST career advice I have ever received was gifted to me 20 years ago. At that time, I reported to a Divisional President, who said to me “To be successful, you need to be the expert in what you do. You need to be the one that everyone thinks of, that everyone calls, when they have a question or need of information about that thing that you do.”
If you’ve ever experienced an “unplanned” separation from your employer, then you have most certainly experienced one or more of the job search pains that are in this list. Even though most people have experienced being unemployed at least once in their careers, more often than not, being unemployed presents some challenges and complications.