Autumn Leaves

Change is a constant in our world. Summer is drawing to a close, and soon the leaves on the trees will begin to change their colors. This autumn will be different from summer, which was in turn different from spring.

Even though the seasons repeat every year, they’re different each time. Nothing remains exactly the same. The same goes for our own lives, and our careers. In order to adapt to today’s shifting job market, job seekers and entrepreneurs need to make shifts to stay ahead of the curve.  Like leaves changing their colors, successful people sense when it’s time to make a change, and follow through.

Autumn is a great time to shift in your career perspective. Change is already in the air, the kids are back in school, the lazy hazy days of August are behind us. So if you’re wondering what your place will be in this new job market, or if you’re determined to find a job that’s a perfect, exact replacement for your old one, it might be time for a little photosynthesis.

Many of us are afraid of change because we think it will undermine our foundations, and leave us floundering. That doesn’t need to be true. A leaf is still a leaf, no matter what color it is—and you’ll still be you, with all your skills and strengths intact, if you shift your perspective to incorporate a new and broader view.

Here are some steps you can take to shift with the season, and get your job search back on track.

  • Consider your skill set: Inventory your strengths and experiences. Ask yourself if these skills can be applied to jobs in a field other than the one you’re currently in (or the one you just left).
  • Educate yourself: When was the last time you took a continuing education course? Candidates whose skills are up-to-date are more likely to be chosen for a job.
  • Notice your internal responses: Brainstorm a list of possibilities for career choices. Notice what your inner voice is saying in response to each. If you’re hearing, “I could never do that,” or, “I don’t want to have to go back to school,” ask yourself why you’re limiting your options. Try not to filter: instead, let your brainstorming session be about possibilities.
  • Remember that you don’t know what you don’t know: Often, we resist change because we think we know the outcome. But unless you have ESP (which most of us don’t), you can’t really know what might happen if you try something new, so…
  • Embrace the possibilities: When you have no preconceived expectations, it’s easier to see opportunities for what they are.  The perfect job for you may not be the one you imagined, but it will still be perfect!

Sometimes, it takes an outside perspective to help you realize where change can be helpful.  If you’re trying to make changes but keep getting stuck, give me a call. I’m always here to help you—and if you’re a new client, your first coaching session is complementary!  Email me to schedule yours CoachDQ

As a certified professional coach, radio show host and workshop leader, Dawn helps sales, marketing, advertising and creative entrepreneurs to accelerate their career so they’ll love their life!

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