But what is the alternative? We throw our hands in the air and give up? Or, drive ourselves crazy continuing to do the same exact stuff expecting a different result? BTW: there is no magic bullet, secret sauce, ultimate answer. There’s only: time and work, and time and energy, and time and diligence.
I’m not here to sugarcoat or pretend this sh*t isn’t HARD and doesn't do a number on your psyche and confidence. What I am here to do is encourage you to remember this:
YOU ONLY HAVE TO GET ONE JOB.
Now you can choose to pursue that one job through a hundred online job applications per day, hashtagging “open to work”, applying the green circle LinkedIn filter, and sending multiple notes to your network contacts asking if they know anyone hiring. Or, you can step back for a moment of critical thought and planning. Decide to place yourself at the center of your career experience, and ask yourself:
Where is the intersection between my skills, experience, and talents, and the available roles in thriving industries?
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That is what will determine your current job search success and your future career success. Even if you have to take “just a job” right now during this tough market, you’ll still have spent the time and energy and investment in yourself defining what you really want and are capable of doing.
Nailing down who you are, what you're really good at, and how you can add value to an organization is powerful stuff and can be a game-changer for your career experience.
Sounds nice, but not necessarily easy? Please get in touch to learn more about how I partner with female professionals like you to teach you the tools to center yourself in your career experience, gain clarity in your work, and create your own career success.