Sometimes, when we are tired and swamped with life and activities and things that need to get done, things can look more scary and sinister than they actually are. This means that we can get stressed out when the tiniest things go wrong, and we can feel more out of control than we actually are, which then leads to panic, which then leads to chaos. And nobody wants that.
When this starts to become the way you see things, that’s probably a sign that you need to step aside, and start being more gentle with yourself. Journalling is great for this. Because your audience is just YOU, you can write whatever the heck you want, with absolutely zero filters. A brain dump is where you scribble everything down onto the page, completely raw and unedited, in no particular order. Just get it all out. When it’s all out, it’s easier to make sense of. When you keep your thoughts and worries pent up inside you, they are harder to control.
When you have finished your brain dump, and read it through, things may start to make a bit more sense, and will seem to be less scary and overwhelming than you had thought.
Work takes up most of our hours during the week. And for entrepreneurs, it can take up a lot more than the 9-5, especially if you are setting up something while holding down a job at the same time. Whichever situation you are in, it has its unique challenges.
By the time we finish, and battle through the commute, we are likely to be very tired, and not able to do much other than collapse in front of the TV. And weekends are often taken up with life admin, like paying bills, grocery shopping, cleaning, more so if you have a family. Burnout can creep up on us before we know it, with all the demands we are juggling, and we can forget to have interests and lose touch with ourselves.
When was the last time you took the time to do something for yourself, that doesn’t have anything to do with the bottom line? Sometimes, we can be afraid to let ourselves have fun because of some irrational fear that if we do, we will fall behind. But in actual fact, it’s the opposite! If you give yourself a break on a regular basis, and disconnect from work and the things that have to be done, you will come back to those things refreshed, with renewed energy, and better focus, making the quality of your work better - but most importantly, improving the quality of your life!
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The final part of the ‘What Do You Want To Do?’ series is here! We are wrapping it up with a call to action, and some simple steps you can take to kick start your journey to a more fulfilling and happy career. Enjoy!
Following on from the last two posts in this series focusing on identifying what direction you want to take your career in, you have probably identified what aspects of previous jobs you have liked doing, what you don’t want to do again, and hopefully deconstructed and pulled apart your vague, hazy dreams and discovered ways to better understand yourself, how you tick, and some great ways to move forward. Now that all the self-reflection has been done, you should be ready for action!
You may be super excited about your new found sense of clarity...but resist the urge you may have to stay floating around in how stoked you are, and start to put some of that energy into making stuff happen!
It may be overwhelming and it can be hard to know where to start. By taking small steps and breaking things down into achievable short term goals, (for example, writing down all the things you want to do and the order and timescales to do them in), you will discover that the whole process does not have to be as scary as you think!
A good place to start is by updating your CV and your LinkedIn and profiles on the job boards (Indeed, Reed, Total Jobs, etc) you use the most. The best way to make sure you are representing yourself in the best possible light is to show your CV to one or two people who know you well. They can see you from outside of you, which you will never be able to do, and so will be able to point out areas you are blind to.
A couple of weekends ago, me and my work bestie got together in a cute coffee place with the purpose of getting ourselves inspired to make some cool job stuff happen. The first thing we did was exchange CVs.
I noticed that she was severely downplaying her summer work experience, and the amazing skills she had gained through it. She noticed that my CV uses a lot of language geared towards the sales industry, probably due to having worked a lot of customer-facing roles. This is ironic, as I absolutely do not want a career in sales, and am trying to go in entirely the opposite direction. When I last updated my CV, I was going through a weird phase where I thought I needed to use that kind of language to make myself seem driven, possibly to make up for my lack of solid leadership experience. It made me realise that there are ways of presenting my past work experience that can draw more attention to creative things. I could work on maximising any writing I have done, and things like great team working and intuitive communication; skills I want to develop more.
So, the takeaway is, promote yourself for the job you ACTUALLY WANT! Not the job you think you should want.
Also, look at your LinkedIn profile. I have not updated mine in a whole year! More and more employers are using LinkedIn to find candidates. And in the spirit of networking, I found out that another good friend of mine has been professionally trained in maximising LinkedIn profiles, so I intend to meet up with her and get some tips. Which leads well onto the next point...
Network, network, network!
To get yourself unstuck from the internet job search vortex of doom, networking is a great way to get more exclusive insights into industries, and maybe find people who can give you a leg up. This does not have to be as cringey as you think it is, at all! You might be thinking you have to tag along with people always asking for jobs. Not at all! As mentioned before, LinkedIn is a great way to do this. Just start following the people who you already know. Your current and past bosses, colleagues, lecturers and people you studied with, as well as acquaintances and people you know socially.
An action I have set for myself is to join up with my university’s alumni network. I graduated two years ago, but it is never too late! Most universities will have an online group you can join, and they can be very helpful. You can sign up for reunions and alumni events, and these can be priceless opportunities to get some new contacts…
Do Not Panic!
You are at a real advantage where you are right now. You might be sick of your job, but you can now afford to be picky! You have a regular income and are able to pay the bills. Never take that for granted. You don’t need to rush to find a job to survive, so don’t panic and do 50 random ‘one-click’ applications of an evening. That’s one way to get into a job you will hate just as much, if not more!
Take the time to target and tailor your application as best you can, both to the individual company and to yourself. Apply for only the jobs you think you would absolutely love, and put lots of care and effort into each one.
So let’s stop freaking out about our next steps. Let’s slow down and get clear to ourselves with what we want and how we want to move forward. And let’s have loads of fun in the process!