For those who are in a job search it is always rejoyceful to hear of a contemporary being hired – especially if the job they were hired at was not in competition with what you were seeking. Unfortunately there are way too many individuals who find themselves in a job search at present and it spurs us all on to hear of a success story. In many ways we all hope that the spectacular news of a new hire will rub off on us all.
Though many who proclaim that a job search is a valid teachable moment; they will, after awhile admit that they have learned more than enough, thank you very much. The search process is not for the weak of heart and in too many cases have left the fallen on the wayside. A positive mental attitude is a must, but even the strong and experienced have their off days.
It is vital to have a positive demeanor, not just for yourself but for those around you. Unfortunately, that positive demeanor can come tumbling to the ground if the expected job offer doesn’t come to be. Many call the job seeking process a rollercoaster but in many ways it is more similar to a bumper car; you are always anxious that any minute your expectations can come crashing into you!
Thankfully, those who survive this little detour in life have an amazing support system. Obviously family is important but it is similarly important to find support from your network of business associates and contacts. Too many job seekers fail to network while gainfully employed because they feel confident in where they are and are much too busy in their everyday life. Life is full of surprises; we jump out of bed every morning to take on the world. If the current crop of job seekers have learned anything, they have learned that you must always keep your network active. When was the last time you connected with someone on LinkedIn?
Getting together, in-person or electronically can certainly help in getting through those tough times. Recently at an educational roundtable, 3 of us who are in job search mode talked about mutual concerns and potential opportunities. The Second Wives Club, as we kiddingly called ourselves that day is just one more method in working together to find a community. None of us should have to manage such a situation by ourselves.
Ambitious politicians know that you always need a chit or two in the pocket for future consideration. I have always believed that those who are currently employed should be there for those who need help. Because I would never wish unemployment on anyone, it is vital for those who are employed to assist those in searching for work. You need to be a reference, a mentor or just a person with broad shoulders. Remember, according to SHRM research, 44% of all jobs are found because of networking.
Because it is the rarest of persons who never finds himself in such a predicament during his career, it is necessary to provide assistance in the hope that sometime in the future you will be paid back in multitudes. Like so many issues in society, you really don’t know the degree of difficulty until you have experienced a similar situation. The vast majority of those who provide guidance and assistance during a transition are individuals who have experienced similar fates in their careers.
In such trying times you do discover who your true friends are; they are the individuals who are empathetic and truly mean it when they say to call them if you need any help. These true friends will be remembered forever for their generosity and their innate desire to assist. These are the people who you will reciprocate, if and when. However, if you are a better person than most, you will be there for all and not only be limited to those who were helpful to you in your personal hour of need.
Life does move on and job seekers are certainly cognizant of those who have found time for them; that is why we are always so jubilant when one finds a new employment home. Such good news gives added inspiration to our step and doubles our desire to be the next to proclaim victory.
Thankfully, times are improving; it may not be a robust return to normal but the normal gauge has certainly been lowered for most of us. We are thankful for the contacts we have and the network we have established and we look forward to rejoicing once again for those who can continue their careers; a career full of anticipation and excitement for a job well done.
Dan Borschke is a Certified Association Executive who has been a CEO for 3 distinct trade associations in his distinguished career. He is one of only 230 Association Executives worldwide who has been granted the prestigious designation of Fellow by the American Society of Association Executives. He currently is between positions and has written more than 50,000 words or 86 blog postings on the topics of job search and career transition. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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