Recently I have been receiving notes from people, including a number of clients that have a decidedly upbeat message: “I start a new job on Monday.” Now the numbers in the press don’t tell the same story: “Fewer jobs created this month; percent unemployed unchanged; yada, yada, yada…”
Are the news stories wrong? Probably not and, at the same time, yes. Of course, bad news grabs more headlines than good. The point is that people are moving back into jobs or creating them as entrepreneurs. The fact that a few people have now found jobs may not be significant in a pool of hundreds of thousands seeking employment. They are meaningful, though, in that they represent success despite great odds
Yes, you might say I’m an incurable optimist.
These people who have now landed in either a permanent job or a long-term assignment have a few things in common:
- They did not give up.
- They took responsibility rather than blaming others, the economy, employers, etc.
- They went back to the drawing board and thought through their strengths, abilities and experience to align themselves with the opportunities that exist in the marketplace.
- They got out of their own comfort zone and worked hard at networking and meeting new people who could lead them to a new position.
- They continued to learn through reading or volunteering.
- They got help – whether it was through coaching, a job club, a resume writer or networking organization.
It is so hard for us to ask for help, especially if we’ve been successfully self sufficient for a long time. There are many people who are working hard to help others find meaningful work. Those who land a new job can be especially helpful by giving a “hand-up” to their former colleagues: recommendations, networking suggestions, information on job openings, introductions, etc. And, of course, there are coaches like me.
I have a paperweight on my desk that says, “if you knew you could not fail, what would you attempt?” Yes, I see positive signs in a handful of people finding new assignments. It is a much more helpful view and interpretation of data. Why not? If you did not think you could succeed, what incentive would you have?
If you knew you could not fail, what would you attempt…TODAY?