In that second article in a set of four, we take a look at the different steps of a career transition to find a job that matches our aspirations. The 20 steps listed below are perfectly designed for a predominant right brain person facing lack of stability in employment, continually changing jobs, no matter what reason reality brings in that person’s life.
1- Chose the good timing to resign.
The best moment to make your move is when everything works fine. Prepare the ground for your resignation when you are stable. If you wait too long, anything can happen. You never know if you will be laid off. Once you are penniless, the flexibility required to invest in yourself no longer exist. Then you are forced to find another job, anyone, and quickly.
2- Leave in good terms.
Maintain good relationships with colleagues and try to reach bosses expectations as much as possible. Leave head high, at a moment when other’s perceptions of you are at their best.
3- Actualize your resumé.
One of the first thing to do when you leave a job, or a position, that is to update your resume with as much details as possible since it’s still fresh in memory. Even better, update your resume while you are in office. Contractual workers do that regularly.
4- Assess the situation.
Take some time to sit down to write the summary of your career and brush a portrait of your current professional profile. List your competencies, skills, expertises, values, likes & dislikes, ideas, projects, dreams, etc. In short, come up with an overview, a screen shot of who you are at that stage of your career transition, because the next step will be crucial.
5- Get a life coach or a career therapist.
If you don’t have a life mentor, it is about time you do so. Getting advice from a highly evolved person, independent from you emotionally, that is priceless. You may find that service expansive, but it’s worth it. Chose your life mentor based on affinities and common experiences more than certifications. Do your search. An impressive academic background is good, but a professional offering lots of content and material as freebees is better, because you can evaluate your connection prior the first meetings. Recommendations are good also.
6- Know who you are & Love yourself for good.
You will never stop learning about yourself. Going through a therapy process to heal issues and accept weaknesses, that is a serious commitment to get better. Although masses are awaking these days, still a small fraction of grown mature adults are brave enough to explore their dark side. If you want to become the best of who you can be, you have to face your demons. The mastery of the self is the real life experience.
7- Take time off.
If you never did that before, take some time to learn how to live the present moment. Empty your agenda. Forget the busy schedule. You will reconnect with enjoyment of small little things. Time off of the chronological matrix is pure blessing. We don’t realize how stressed and enslaved we can be. Accept who you are and love yourself deeply. That’s the starting point of human growth.
8- Change the energy.
After a while, paperwork piles up, the task list get longer, the house get packed of stuff you don’t need any more, relationships become corrupted. Go through everything pending and lying there. Change what no longer resonate with you. Put some order in your life as well and you will find forgotten ideas and creations buried under the dust. That could lit up old flame from the past.
9- Realize your craziest dreams.
Life is too short. Don’t wait retirement to start your real life. Do it now. Get the best of both worlds by combining work and passion, or even mission (of life). Your limits are your limited beliefs. You have dreamed to navigate around the world on a yacht for so long, but you are afraid that it might sound too crazy? Why not! Just go for it, if that’s what your heart is telling you. If you really want, you can.
Learn to help is not just to give, but also to receive. Ultimately you learn to accept and love the world as it is. You will learn that you cannot change the world. You can only change yourself, and then the world will change as the mirror of your inner state, by the way we perceive it. If there is no sufferance, how will you know you are healthy, how will you recognize to be one of the luckiest in this world who have the chance to live your life…
11- Identify your life project.
Nobody knows exactly what their real mission of life is. You paint the masterpiece of your life one paintbrush stroke at the time. That being said, if you want to become the best of you, follow your heart: listen to your intuition and gut feelings. You may find your impulsions crazy sometimes, but that’s how you diversify your experience. Get out of your comfort zone. Expose yourself to numerous exciting situations. Experiment the world. After you will know what you came for in this life.
12- Address your plan to the Universe.
Once you feel you know what you want to become, don’t start running like a maniac to implement a timeline to conform. Instead, accept to be in the present moment. Let go fantasies and expectations. Stick to your feelings only. Accept every day little action to be your mission of life. Keep following your heart. Eventually, you will look behind and realize you are on the right path and your destiny takes place on its own. Don’t force it, just be. Let the Universe do its things. Revisit your summary in step 4 and see how much it changed. Rewrite it and use the new one to know precisely what to ask at the Universe.
Connect with as many persons as possible. Do not expect any miraculous contact with someone important. Enjoy each connection and each person passing by for what they are. One day, members of your network will call you.
14- Meet a qualified career councillor.
At that stage, when you are awaken enough, then you can come back to the field. Starting your job research with a certified career orientation professional is a good idea. They will evaluate your psychological profile, propose you avenues and useful tips.
15- Identify your transferable skills and your distinction.
Since you may be in a transition to a completely different field, it is important to track down every single accomplishment and abilities you have learned over the years. On small key word on your resumé or slipped through your lips could be the trigger. Make sure you also find an original characteristics that is your only. That’s how employers remember you. Show your uniqueness.
16- Write a new resumé.
Trends in resumé edition are different from a decade to another. To add on top, each professional fields has its own rules when it comes to CV content. But there is a standard bottom line that is necessary to have. Also, since more and more emphasis is put on emotional intelligence and other personal assets, you must dedicate a section on your resumé and your presentation letter to promote it.
17- Visualize the job of your dreams.
Now that you have a concrete idea of what your next job could be, try to imagine what it would look like. See yourself having fun and enjoying your new professional role. The reality will be even better than the fiction.
18- Research with creativity.
Don’t use classic methods. We are in 2015. Today’s job market is such that 1/3 of jobs are still found through the resumé, 1/3 are still found through the network of relationships, but now 1/3 are found with social media, such as LinkedIn. Networking in person will always remain important, but networking in the virtual is nowadays equally important. Communication skills are now more than ever a prerequisite to succeed in this world today.
19- Promote yourself, not your profile.
If you emphasize on your working experiences and academic background only, you are going to get a new job and a new employer reflecting the information you are providing: left brain stuff only. You want more than that. Investigate on employer’s philosophy. Target those who hire candidates for their personalities.
20- Be flexible with offers sent to you.
Salary is not the only thing to consider. Also, be ready to take a step down if you have a chance to enter in the organisation of your dreams. You have to chose based on the future and the potential of a new job, not just on the present benefits. The goal is to end up in a win-win scenario, where you will realise yourself, no matter what.
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By: Christian Theberge
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