So what does being courageous have to do with careers and job search? As I reflect back on the thousands of clients I’ve worked with over the years whether they came for resume assistance, for help sorting out a work issue or to explore a new career, inevitably at some point in the conversation courage came up. I’ve decided to give you a sampling of those conversations. As these examples resonate, I trust that you will see why courage has a lot to do with it.
It was the first meeting with a client who just lost their job. This news came as a surprise and the client struggled to maintain their composure as they told me their story. This person looked defeated and beaten down. They grappled with holding back the tears and bouts of anger while trying to figure out where to start the whole process of job search when they haven’t been in the job market for over 10 years. We spoke about needing to reach deep inside for the courage to leave the past in the past, and move forward.
Another client came into my office looking stressed and exhausted. They described yet another horrific day at work where expectations exceeded capacity, direction and support were nonexistent and common courtesies and respect in the workplace were long gone. They had enough and were ready to bolt. We talked about toxic work environments, how unhealthy they are and the toll they can take on a person. I then spoke about the courage to hang in there while we put an exit plan in place so they could lay the ground work for a successful transition.
After months of assessment, evaluation and discovery we have finally come to clarifying a new career path for yet another client. It was now time to move towards that new career goal. We spoke about trusting the process and trusting themselves. Courage was what was needed to take that first step towards something new.
So as you can see, courage has everything to do with it. How will you muster the courage to move forward?