The focus of a networking meeting last night was to explore how two individuals landed their most recent jobs.
I love hearing stories of success. These stories both involved a re-invention. What both of these people did was to assess and communicate their passions. It wasn't as easy or linear as they had thought it would be. But the results were spectacular.
A common thread for both of these success stories was keeping their families in the loop. Paul considered it a coaching moment for his children. Robert and his wife worked very hard to prevent their children's activities from being impacted. With the support of his wife and family, Robert found that he was able to maintain his momentum.
The discussion in the room became about how families/wives/husbands didn't understand what was taking the search so long. There's an old saying, before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his moccasins. For those in search, you wouldn't wish that in a million years. Search stinks. But it is helpful to communicate what you are doing and the results of your efforts with those who love and care about you. You see, they are just as scared, if not more, than you are. Keeping them updated on what you are doing and the outcomes will help them in many ways.
You will need the strength and fortitude of your family sometimes. Just ask that they listen-no advice needed. It is lonely looking for work. You've lost friendships from work and you need your family more than ever.
During stressful times, sometimes people tend to remove themselves or drawback from the support of those that care. Fight the urge. Lean on them, gently if necessary.
The stronger the relationship, the better for everyone involved. Work diligently and with purpose to maintain and nurture all relationships.
Thanks to everyone in the Employment & Career Club for their open discussion and sharing.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.