JOB SEARCH COURAGE is —
Mind and spirit overcoming fear,
Leading to productive activity,
Moving closer to meaningful work.
If you’re job hunting or recently lost your job, I want you to know that I’ve been in your shoes. I’ve felt that awful sensation when a manager says that it’s not working out; that they like you but can’t keep you; thanks, but it’s time to go. That feeling like you’re in a movie. Like you, I’ve had great meetings and interviews which went nowhere. I’ve been in many situations where I needed Job Search Courage.
The only thing constant in our lives is change. We are always moving from things we know and feel comfortable with, to things or places which are new and uncertain. We all need help in these times. We need a plan; we need guidance and we need support from those who care about us. We also need something more… courage.
It seems reasonable that if we take action to improve ourselves e.g. increase our knowledge and skills in job seeking or develop needed expertise in our field, we’ll be in a better position to find new resources to help us…or have them find us. Preparation leads to confidence and increased performance. Someone once said that fear diminishes when we know what it is we want to do; and need to do. Courage is grounded in that principle.
identify your personal assets (friends, family, co-workers). Identify your biggest cheerleader, most important confidant or partner in the following areas– work, play, spirituality, family, and friends. When we identify our ‘go to’ people, we have taken the first step in finding help and hope. And we’ve gained some new courage too.
Sometimes, we have to lighten up….and get silly.
Listen to the beloved Cowardly Lion’s speech, portrayed by actor, Bert Lahr.