Riding the Rollercoaster: Dealing with the ups and downs of life

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This presentation is based in part on my book "Riding the Roller Coaster." It deals with both the principles and practical ideas of how to deal with the ups and downs of life, specifically Job loss.

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Riding the Rollercoaster: Dealing with the ups and downs of life

  1. 1. Dealing with the ups and downs of life javed_mohammed@hotmail.com Presentation on SlideShare Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 1
  2. 2. Change is inevitable Layoffs: Time to recover 1st time: Transparent 2nd time: 4 months 3rd time: 3 years 4th time: Unknown Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 2
  3. 3. Personal Life Changes Family Occupation Health -Marriage -Starting a Career -Growing Older -Children -Changing Jobs -Chronic Illness -Death of a -Unemployed -Terminal Illness spouse Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 3
  4. 4. Problems, Problems The big picture: World GDP growth is slowing & US & Western Europe in Recession House prices are falling sharply & Householders have little savings buffer Spending/GDP xx quarters to yy quarters to decline to recover to pre- bottom of cycle recession levels Recession Depression Recovery Time Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 4
  5. 5. For recovery: a lot has to line up Real GDP growth Household debt (% GDP) House price growth Inflation Real consumer spending growth Interest rates Unemployment Savings ratio (% disposable income) Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 5 Consumer confidence
  6. 6. Our role: Supporting our communities •As a community, we have a significant part to play in: • helping minimise the impact of the recession locally • Being a part of recovery. Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 6
  7. 7. Insights • It takes a full time job to find a full time job • Your greatest asset is your time, you have to manage it • Your greatest support is faith, family & friends: Keep them in your loop • Use traditional job search & be creative • Occupy yourself, have a routine, volunteer, if there’s value do it. • Use the B factor Barakah: Less is more Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 7
  8. 8. 6 steps for recovering from job loss 1. Take time to grieve 2. Form a support group 3. Exercise regularly 4. Form a daily routine 5. Network, Network,… 6. Never ever give up Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 8
  9. 9. When you’re let go • Call Unemployment Office • Make list of Assets & Debts • Move to Survival Mode: (What can you avoid, cut) • Look after your and your families health – Sign up for COBRA • Be ready for a marathon Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 9
  10. 10. Problems, Problems The Roller Coaster Ride Moving On Looking for Sense of Well being new ideas and Emotional Turmoil meaning Anger/Denial/Blame/ Guilt/Grief Acceptance Shock/Confusion (letting go of past) Depression Time Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 10
  11. 11. All you need is a prayer quot;Pray to me and I will hear your prayer” Quran (v40:60) . Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 11
  12. 12. The Drive for Patience “And be patient and preserving: for God is with those who patiently preserve.quot; Quran (8: 46) “Wonderful is the affair of the believer. His affairs in their entirety are good for him. If good befalls him, he is thankful, and that is good for him. And if harm befalls him, he is patient, and that is good for him. And this (prosperous state of being) is only for the believer.” Saying of Prophet Muhammad Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 12
  13. 13. Living Life on Purpose ,… Such as remember God, standing, sitting, and reclining, and consider the creation of the heavens and the earth, (and say): Our Lord! Thou creates not this in vain. Quran (3: 190-191) Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 13
  14. 14. Proactive Planning The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights. .” Muhammad Ali Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 14
  15. 15. Help you can get 1. Reduced rates – Utility – Phone company 2. Reduce Insurance coverage on car 3. Get Medi-cal or Healthy Families Insurance for children 4. Cut the Cable-TV or other unnecessary costs Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 15
  16. 16. Before The Job Search Analyze yourself: Conduct a Self Assessment 1. Values: What’s important to you? 2. Interests: What do you enjoy doing? 3. Personality: In what situations have you felt most comfortable & successful? 4. Skills: What skills & abilities have you developed that you enjoy doing? Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 16
  17. 17. Your Job Search Plan Develop you job search  strategy Set goals, weekly, daily Don’t forget personal  obligations Research potential  Employers  Email, Call, Meet, Mail Follow up Get out of the house: Network, Volunteer, Library,… Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 17
  18. 18. Consider Your Employment Options 1. Public  vs. Private Companies 2. Large vs. Small Employers 3. Start‐ups 4. Non Profits & Public Service 5. Starting Your Own Business 6. Academic and Post‐Doc  Positions 7. Re‐visit Previous Co‐op,  Internship or Summer  Employment Employers Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 18
  19. 19. Are You Organized? Resume 1-2 page Talk about accomplishments Have it critiqued Create targeted versions Cover Letter Have a Professional image Voice message Email address Social networking sites Create a Portfolio Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 19
  20. 20. 30 Second Pitch Your 30-second pitch should reveal: • Who you are • Your background • Why you are contacting them • What you are looking for Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 20
  21. 21. Effective  Interviewing Skills – Do your homework:  Know  Yourself and Employer – Demonstrate enthusiasm &  passion: Smile!!! – Be respectful and kind to  everyone you encounter  before, during and after your  interview – Listen carefully to interview  questions and ask for  clarification when necessary – Practice, Practice, Practice! Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 21
  22. 22. Networking in the Real World • Turning Your Contacts into Careers is making “Networking links from people we know to people they know, in an organized way, for a specific purpose, while remaining committed to doing our part, expecting nothing in return.” Donna Fisher and Sandy Vilas, Power Networking Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 22
  23. 23. Networking Why network? • A referral generates 80% more results than a cold call. • 75% of people get their jobs through networking. • Talk to everyone you know: Neighbor, Classmates, Relatives, Former Employers & co-workers, Friends, Anyone Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 23
  24. 24. 4 Degrees of Separation You Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Contact Contact Contact Contact Your Friend Jamal’s Brother Sam’s Boss Carol’s Friend Jamal Sam Carol David Use: LinkedIn, Facebook Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 24
  25. 25. Internships How can internships be valuable? • Put theory to practice • Experience for resume • Academic credit • Earn $ • Gain networking contacts • Future opportunities Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 25
  26. 26. Common Job Search Mistakes • Relying on one strategy (ie Internet job search only) • Lack of focus/career objective • Failure to identify and use network • Targeting only large employers • Failure to follow–up • Unprofessional materials or appearance • Underestimate time needed to search for a job Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 26
  27. 27. Top Reasons for Rejection • Lack of Self‐Knowledge  • Lack of Company  Knowledge • Lack of Questions • Lack of Enthusiasm • Lack of Confidence • Poor Communication Skills • Unprofessional Application  or Appearance Understanding & Learning from Rejection Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 27
  28. 28. Passionate Persistence Don’t take rejection personally… Be persistent - you will find employment Remind yourself of your skills and accomplishments “Verily, God has enjoined excellence with regard to everything,…” Saying of Prophet Muhammad Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 28
  29. 29. Advice for Spouses • Job loss is a stressful period for all family • Accept the uncertainty • Be supportive • Avoid daily job updates, keep it weekly Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 29
  30. 30. Advice for Children • Let everyone pitch in to cut backs – Shorter showers – Walk, take the bus – Turn lights off • Easier to explain to older children • Avoid daily job updates, keep it weekly Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 30
  31. 31. Advice for you • It’s a long road, full of rejection • quot;Never give in, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” Churchill • If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it. ... Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 31
  32. 32. Roller Coaster Overview • Problems, Problems, Problems • All You Need Is Prayer • The Drive for Patience • Living Life On Purpose • Proactive Planning • Passionate Persistence Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 32
  33. 33. Khosrow, & Bozorgmehr six humors 1. Trust in God 2. Believe that every destined matter will inevitably occur. 3. Steadfastness is the best thing that the inflicted person should opt for 4. What should I do if I do not practice patience, since I will not let impatience overtake me. 5. There may be some others who suffer harsher calamities. 6. That relief may come in any moment. Javed Mohammed Riding The Roller Coaster 33

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