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.

https://www.inspiringportfoliocareers.com/contact-us/

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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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