Bouncing Back After a Job Loss: Realize Your Dream Career and Go for It!
Take an “L” and Bounce Back!
So you just got laid off or fired. Maybe you are feeling bummed. You cannot believe they let you go. Or maybe you feel relieved. You hated that job anyway! Either way, look at like this: Everything happens for a reason. There is a time and season for everything. Instead of losing valuable time pondering about what happened, take that "L" and bounce back. Take this as an opportunity to get your ish together and comeback stronger than ever!
Find Out What It Is You Want
Before you can have a strong comeback and excel in life and in your career, you have got to know what it is you want. Have you really ever thought about it? What is the ultimate position you dream to have? What does it take to get there? You can’t expect to reach your destination if you don’t know where you are going and how to get there.Find out what you want and where you want to go in your career or business.
Notice I did not say job, I said, career. If you want to do more than working paycheck to paycheck, you have to have the word “job” out of your vocabulary. The word job is after all, “Just Over Broke”.
If you want to have a more comfortable lifestyle, you will have to invest your time into your CAREER. So think about what you want: Write it down and write down the steps needed to make it happen.
Make sure when you make your decision, that it is what YOU want.
Make sure it’s what YOU truly want. Many people base their decisions by what others have told them their whole life what they should be doing. In order for you to find true happiness and feel successful, be true about yourself and what you want. You don’t have to be a doctor, or be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company to be successful. If you decide that you always wanted to be a real estate agent, become a real estate agent and be the very best real estate agent that you can be.
Once you know exactly what it is you want and know where you are going, you will be more excited about going back to work and doing that job each day. Even if you don’t exactly love the job you have, you will understand that it is only temporary, and that you are in fact building up your resume. Your job will have purpose and you are working up that career ladder to success.
Prosper Where You Are Planted
Start where you are now. Don’t complain about the position you will have if it is not where you want to be. Everyone has to start somewhere. In order to go to the next level, you first need to start where you are right now and be willing to do what it takes to excel at it. On your next job, be sure to evaluate your performance at your current skill level, improve where needed and go beyond all expectations. Be the very best at what you do.
Change The Way You See Things
“A challenge is an opportunity in disguise.”
When your boss gives you a challenging project, view it as an opportunity to shine. The average worker will miss these hidden opportunities because they will see it as extra work not worth doing because it isn’t in their job description or pay grade. Only the successful-minded, will see these extra assignments as opportunities to show the boss what they got. Many times you will not be paid to do it, but it will pay off in the long run. Later when a new position is available, your supervisor will remember that you were the one that helped them through a jam.
Set Career Goals
If you haven’t, set goals for your career. Think about what you truly want in life. If you want to be that Supervisor, go for it. Want to be a Manager? Director? Go for it. Research the career path or the steps needed to get that position.
Ask your superior what qualities you have that make you a great candidate for a promotion. Have them list the things you need to work on, and work on them.Get to know your HR department very well and constantly check and review all advancement opportunities that your company offers.
Get a mentor!! You can’t get to where you want to go if you don’t know how to get there! You will be going in circles if you try to figure it out yourself. Find someone who is already doing what you want to be doing and ask them to be your mentor. Ask yourself what qualities/strengths that person has, that you don’t have. Find out what things you need to learn or what you need to work on and work on them, immediately!
Career Goal Example
An ideal career path for an entry level customer service rep, would be:
Customer Service Rep -> Customer Service Manager -> Customer Service Manager Senior -> Director of Customer Service
Acquire All Minimum Requirements to Advance in Your Career
Make sure you are on the correct path to acquire all minimum requirements needed to get the position you desire. Many positions have levels or positions you must master before you can go to the next level. This including educational requirements such as degrees and certifications.
Lacking education? Get it. Whether that’s getting more hands on experience in different areas of the business so you can be well rounded or going back to school to pursue the degree that must be obtained to get the position.Don’t have money for school? You will be surprised by how many companies offer their employees tuition reimbursement.
Career Goal Setting: Be Specific and make sure your goals are realistic & attainable.
Come up with written goals that is based on your desired career path. List the items, in order, needed to get the position you are going for. Writing them down makes them real and gives you visual reminders of your goals to keep you on target.
I want to stress the fact that you are writing down actual goals and not just dreams. It is the important that you know the difference between a goal and a dream. Goals are specific. They list not only items you hope to reach, but how and when you will reach the desired goal. It is a waste of time writing down goals if you aren’t specific on how and when you are going to reach them. Goals that are not specific are just dreams. There is a good chance if they are not specific enough, your dream will never happen.
While it’s good to set goals that will stretch you a little bit, make sure they are realistic and attainable. A person in an entry level position, shouldn’t expect to immediately be promoted as a CEO because they are not experienced. Do in fact, break down your goals into more digestible bites so that are more realistic and attainable.
For example, let’s say your goal is make $20,000 in sales by year end. The goal alone, may seem unattainable, but if you broke it down into $5,000.00 increments throughout the year, it would be more attainable. You would be less likely to give up if you are going for a smaller more reachable amount rather than a large sum.
When setting a goal, don’t forget to make sure that you give yourself a timetable and a deadline. We are by nature, all procrastinators and always saying we will do it tomorrow. How many of us have said” I will start that diet tomorrow?” Tomorrow will never come unless we write a goal and set a specific time frame and stick to the plan.
Praying and asking for God’s grace is an important first step, but it shouldn't be the only step. While it’s important to have faith and believe God will work in your favor, it is just as important to take action. Many people like to ask God to answer their prayers as if he is a genie in the bottle that will grant your wishes. You must ask God but then take action. You can’t just sit and wait for something to happen. You have to get up, and take action by doing what you need to do to get the job done. Nothing won’t change if you don't get off your butt and do it.
When you ask for God’s grace, do so by also asking him to give you the confidence needed to get up, make the phone call, pass out that resume, ace that interview, and the know how to do what you need to do to get the job done. Don’t complain, or talk about it, be about it. Nothing won’t change if you don’t figure out what it is you want, find out what it takes to get it, and do it!