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