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Losing your job can take a toll on your emotional and physical well-being. It is completely normal to experience every emotion on the spectrum.

However, this is also a great opportunity to step back and thoughtfully evaluate what you have done in the past, and what you would like to do in the future. It is a time to take inventory of what situations worked - and didn’t work - for you. It is a time to reconnect with your values and goals.

In this talk we will explore:
• How to determine your right next step
• How to keep yourself out of the emotional dips
• Why mindset is as important as tactics
• How to navigate around the potholes of age, salary, extended time in transition, etc.
• How to stay focused and on track with your job search

This talk will help you see how career transition can be a time of opportunity and possibility, and why fortune favors the bold.

Losing your job can take a toll on your emotional and physical well-being. It is completely normal to experience every emotion on the spectrum.

However, this is also a great opportunity to step back and thoughtfully evaluate what you have done in the past, and what you would like to do in the future. It is a time to take inventory of what situations worked - and didn’t work - for you. It is a time to reconnect with your values and goals.

In this talk we will explore:
• How to determine your right next step
• How to keep yourself out of the emotional dips
• Why mindset is as important as tactics
• How to navigate around the potholes of age, salary, extended time in transition, etc.
• How to stay focused and on track with your job search

This talk will help you see how career transition can be a time of opportunity and possibility, and why fortune favors the bold.

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Re-Launch You: Career Transition Tactics and Tools

  1. 1. Re-Launch You: Career Transition Tactics and Tools Catherine Morgan Career Transition Expert | Business Consultant Point A to Point B Transitions Inc.
  2. 2. You are not alone • Congratulations on getting here today • Tales from the front
  3. 3. Some people feel relief • I always ask if congratulations or condolences are in order – But you might feel guilty if you do feel relieved
  4. 4. What we will cover today 1. Reframing Transition 2. Exploring the New World of Work 3. Riding the Roller Coaster 4. Having an Easier Transition
  5. 5. Reframing Transition
  6. 6. Transition as a time to evaluate • I encourage you to think of this as a time to evaluate: – What did you like? – What would you change? – What have you always wanted to try? – What is on your life list that you have been meaning to do?
  7. 7. You might say • My life sucks 
  8. 8. I might say • Probably only some parts of your life suck
  9. 9. Exercise: Wheel of Life (not my creation but very helpful) Career Health SpiritualityFinances Creativity Family Relationships Social life
  10. 10. Transition as a time of opportunity • This could be a time to: – Get back on track – Find work that fits around your life – Find work that is more aligned with your values
  11. 11. What I call transition “The squishy rich primordial stew of infinite possibility” ~ Catherine Morgan Photo credit: Maryanne Natarajan
  12. 12. Exploring the New World of Work
  13. 13. The world of work has changed • We are all self-employed • We must take responsibility for our own training • We must constantly build and nurture our network
  14. 14. What is your right next step? • What is your overhead like? • What obligations do you have coming up? • What is your financial situation?
  15. 15. Has your job paradigm shifted? • Will corporate rehire for your position? • Is your industry in expansion or contraction?
  16. 16. New possibility – job portfolio • Some people will look for traditional full-time work • Some people, either by choice or necessity, will opt to have a “job portfolio” – Several part-time jobs – Primary job and a side project – Freelance or consulting work – Freelance work and their own business
  17. 17. Consulting or freelancing • Do you pitch your own projects? • Go through another company?
  18. 18. Connecting to your values • Not all of us are money motivated – But there is nothing wrong if you are • Did your work leave you feeling hollow?
  19. 19. Leaving a legacy • Have you been walking around thinking, “Is this all there is?” • What do you want your legacy to be?
  20. 20. The benefits of being clear • There are huge benefits to being clear about exactly what you are looking for – You can use it as a lens through which you evaluate opportunities
  21. 21. Beware the scarcity mindset • Leave the door open for something better
  22. 22. Age discrimination often isn’t • Is it an AGE issue or a WAGE issue?
  23. 23. Check yourself • Are you really OK with a multigenerational workforce? – What if your manager or the CEO is 15-20 years younger than you? – Do you seem entitled? – Are you being passive-aggressive? • What if your manager is much older?
  24. 24. Riding the Roller Coaster
  25. 25. There are emotional ups and downs • You will have good days and bad days – I told one client I would be more worried if she wasn’t depressed sometimes • But you also may feel guilty about enjoying your time off
  26. 26. Not unlike The Five Stages of Grief™ • The Kübler-Ross model, commonly known as The Five Stages of Grief™ – Denial – Anger – Bargaining – Depression – Acceptance
  27. 27. How to stay out of the dips • Do something every day to move your job search forward – It can be something very small or a few very small actions – The trick is to feel like you are making progress
  28. 28. Learn and explore • To learn new skills – shadow, volunteer, consult • To have stories to tell in interviews • To explore different possibilities and next steps
  29. 29. Go on informational interviews • To find out what doing that job might be like • To build your network
  30. 30. Post and publish on LinkedIn • To establish yourself as an expert or thought leader • To keep yourself relevant and top of mind • To pass the LinkedIn (and Google) test
  31. 31. Stay scheduled • Spending too much time in your own head is not good • Work expands to the amount of time allotted • If you keep things in your calendar you will get more done
  32. 32. Play catch-up • Catch up on things you have wanted to do – Learn a new business skill – Paint a room – Organize your garage, basement, office, or closet – Learn to cook – Start eating healthily – Begin (or continue) exercising regularly
  33. 33. BUT keep looking for a job • Projects can distract – They make you feel like you are doing something
  34. 34. Strike a balance • What you can control • What you can’t control
  35. 35. What causes overwhelm? “Overwhelm is caused by NOT knowing WHAT to do, not by having too much to do.” ~ Michael Port
  36. 36. Avoidance happens when • What we need to do is scary or tedious
  37. 37. Notice avoidance behaviors • Job search is stressful and boring • Notice when you start doing something (anything!) to avoid the dreaded task – Organizing your office – Laundry – Cleaning – Email
  38. 38. Syncing progress and expectations • Are you making progress? • Are your expectations realistic?
  39. 39. Having an Easier Transition
  40. 40. Is job search a full-time job? • Is looking for a job a full-time job?
  41. 41. How to allocate your time • 10% recruiters • 20% online applications • 30% networking with new people / groups • 40% reaching out to people you already know – And 20 companies you would like to work for
  42. 42. The story you’re making up • Don’t spin stories – You usually have no data points
  43. 43. Bad business breakups • Take time to process if you need to • Don’t burn through your network before you are ready
  44. 44. Find support • Get a buddy • Join an accountability group • Hire a coach
  45. 45. Suggestions • Ensure your browser and email have spellcheck enabled – this is a must! • Become a connector – A huge number of jobs don’t get posted publicly – But you can’t ignore online postings • Check out the consolidator sites - Indeed, SimplyHired, ZipRecruiter, etc.
  46. 46. My best advice for job search • Don’t do your own resume • Don’t let your partner or relative coach you • Do set boundaries, if needed
  47. 47. My best advice on how to thrive • Evaluate all of your options • Make the most of this time • Reconnect with friends and family • Help someone else • Be extra kind to yourself
  48. 48. To see possibilities • Can’t figure out what to do next? – Read Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility www.re-launch-you.com
  49. 49. Questions? Catherine Morgan Career Transition Expert | Business Consultant Point A to Point B Transitions Inc. 877.672.5333 Catherine@PointAtoPointBTransitions.com LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/pointatopointb Twitter @PointA_PointB

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