These have been testing times, there is no doubt about it.

How have you found it?
Why has it been a testing time?

  • Many people have been made redundant
  • Lots are on furlough
  • Because of ongoing uncertainty, some people are staying in their current role, afraid to make a move
  • Some sectors have shrunk because of Covid-19 and lockdown rules
  • Some employers have frozen recruitment
  • Parents have been juggling home-schooling and working from home
  • Many companies have postponed or cut non-critical projects

Whatever circumstance you are in, it isn’t an easy time.

But it IS a good time to build career resilience.

What is resilience?

The dictionary definition of ‘resilience’ is “The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.”

What are the career resilience success factors?

  • Resilience = learnable skill = ‘bounce back’.
  • = Behaviours, thoughts, actions, attitudes + skills.
  • Mindset: setbacks are part of life + learning.
  • Reduce vulnerability to stress. Disassociate.
  • Support network, trusted relationships.
  • Meaningful work – inner ‘compass’. Follow your values.
  • See the ‘big picture.’ Keep things in perspective.
  • Think like an entrepreneur. Persistence.
  • Commit to life-long learning.

Resilience is an in-demand skill by employers.

What have been the most testing times in your career?

I think the 2 most testing times in my career have been:

  1. Being made redundant in a recession in 1991

I was incredibly lucky – I was able to get a job in the same geographical area, so didn’t have to sell my home with negative equity at a time of sky high interest rates. My redundancy turned out to be a positive thing, as I hadn’t been happy at my employer, (the macho culture didn’t suit me), and I moved to the consultancy side of work, which is much more me.

  1. Having moved to Oxfordshire, doing a self-funded 6-month CPD break just before the credit crunch of 2007.

It was a very difficult time, but I managed to find an ‘inner resilience turbo boost button!  I gritted my teeth and ploughed on with my career plan, taking the long-term view, building my network, broadening my career options and developing my career capital for long term success

I am so glad that I did.

10 tips to build your career resilience

  • Push out your comfort zone – do something that feels challenging
  • Read books, watch videos and listen to podcasts about entrepreneurs
  • Create your own personal board
  • Get a career coach
  • If things feel especially challenging, put a chair in the corner of the room, picture yourself in the chair, and give yourself some advice as though you were a consultant
  • Spend time in nature
  • Do activities that make you feel energised
  • Recall times in the past when you ‘bounced back’ – what enabled you to do this?
  • Set some career resilience CPD goals
  • Define your personal values – what is really important to you

What next?

If you are looking for a new job, you are in experienced hands with the Avatar recruit team.

E mail me for a free career resilience self-audit tool.

If you are at a major career crossroads and thinking about changing career direction, becoming self-employed or developing a portfolio career, we can help.

Why not get in touch for your free no obligation meeting?

Rachel Brushfield, Career Strategist and coach. ‘The Talent Liberator.


Read our articles for the award winning Future of Work Hub:

Future skills for a life-long competitive advantage part 1

Future skills for a life-long competitive advantage part 2


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