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CVs: How To Not Rule Yourself Out!

Recently, I was speaking with someone in my network about her recruitment process. She can’t believe the dreadful standard of CVs from applicants. The messages about avoiding basic errors are not getting through. Surveys suggest this is not an isolated scenario. What’s going on? Is it carelessness, inconvenience, laziness, ignorance or desperation? Any of these are likely to rule you out. Consequently, you miss the opportunity to show the best of you at an interview and the employer misses out on potential talent. Here are some basics to get right with CVs.

The purpose of CVs

Employers want to know three things:

  1. Can you do this job?
  2. Why should we choose you?
  3. Will you fit in with us?

Spend time tapping into your self-awareness – data (facts about you), information (who you are as a person), and wisdom (how you see the world). Gather knowledge about the job, the company, and its culture. Be visible to the employer in advance so you are on their radar.

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Now you are better prepared to complete your CV. The CV is one of your tickets to play the game and it has to be right. If not, recruiters and hiring managers will rule you out. Once you are ruled in, then you have to stand out above all the other applicants who are ruled in.

The purpose of a CV is to get you an interview. It won't get you the job on its own. What does an employer need to know to gain enough interest to find out more? Your aim is to get the employer to think 'I want to meet this person'. It's your promise of value to an employer.

Don't rule yourself out through preventable errors and by not putting the necessary effort in.

Selecting the information

What do you include and exclude in the content? Above all, tailor your CV to match the specific job requirements every single time! Generic CVs do not work because they suggest you don't care enough and lack interest in the role or employer. Imagine employing someone like that! Use relevant information about yourself tailored to the job specification, description, and advert. You are more likely to get interviewed if you show a workplace mindset rather than just skills on your CV. Because some employers hire for attitude and train for skills once you join. Quality is more important than quantity, so make the time to get it right.

Focus on your impact

Employers like to visualise potential employees in the job. Can they see you in this role, team, project, culture? So, make it easier for them by showing how your past successes are transferable. Explain how those same abilities will help this employer. Be specific and focus on results. For example, "I increased sales by 10% in a sluggish market through Facebook marketing. Therefore, you will get someone with a proven track record, social media expertise, drive and who thrives in difficult times."

Length, layout, and structure

How long should a CV be? 2 pages max, 1 page if you can, never 6 pages.

It's easy to get hung up on the layout and how your CV looks. Luckily, there are many apps and tools available to help you set out your content automatically and that look smart. Try VisualCV. And if you want something different from traditional text-based CVs, try alternative formats such as Slideshare, Infographic or Video.

What structure works best for specific jobs?

  • Chronoligical = reverse order of jobs, starting with the most recent; shows your progress; best if applying from a job.
  • Skills = more useful if you don't have much job experience.
  • Hybrid = skills section followed by chronological section or chronology of jobs described in skills format; useful if you have career gaps or out of work.

Language matters

Accuracy: grammar, punctuation, and spelling must be perfect. Remember, spellchecker doesn't check for sense. Avoid text speak. Proof-read your CV then get someone else to check it. Electronic scanning of keywords happens and will rule you out if keywords are missing and spelling errors occur. If you stand out, then a real person will read your CV. Use sector/industry specific language and keywords/phrases from the job specification/description.

Title and tagline: Don't bother putting 'CV' or 'Curriculum Vitae' in the title (it's obvious!). Just your name - big and bold. To show confidence, a tagline is an optional branding statement for summing up your value. For example: "Data Analyst. Creates reports, reveals the story, and answers questions." Check out this post on personal branding if you struggle to come up with a tagline.

Summary/profile: why is your opening paragraph so important? Recruiters glance the first time, read the second time;  it's the key place to hit the sweet spot where your unique offer meets the job in hand; be concise and avoid cliches; write it after writing the rest of your CV; take a WISH approach:

  • Here's Who I am as a person and the difference I make.
  • This is why I'm genuinely Interested in the role/company/industry.
  • Let me Show you why I can do this job and why I'm a good bet for the future.

Your achievements: what verbs help describe them? For example: lead, managed, organised, evaluated, negotiated, advised, increased, enhanced, improved, exceeded, gained, saved, prevented. Link commercial awareness to your academic qualifications. For example, "fluency in French" is better than "studied French Literature".

Other resources

Those are some of the basics of getting CVs right. You'll find plenty more in Lis McGuire's excellent book, Ace Your CV Elevate Your Career.

And if your CV gets you selected for the next stage, check out my FREE guide on how to show your value to employers at the job interview.

You only get out what you put in. What are you prepared to do for job success?

Millennial

Podcast with Alexandra Galviz, Gentle Millennial Warrior

When Scott Peck wrote his iconic book, The Road Less Traveled, I bet he didn’t foresee the title becoming part of the lexicon of the world of careers. Yet, the title still resonates for many people and seems for apt my latest podcast guest, the Millennial champion, Alexandra Galviz. This Boomer began following Alex on LinkedIn where her published posts and status updates chime with my own perspectives on many career and work issues. In particular, her LinkedIn headline stands out. Rather than the usual boring stuff, Alex describes herself as a

Serial giver | Kindred content spirit | Gentle millennial warrior | Wisdom whisperer

As you will see and hear below, she is super-generous, open and engaging with passionate views!

Millennial

Click here to see and hear the podcast

What did we talk about?

In this Learning to Leap podcast, the range of topics we cover include:

  • How Alex learned to leap from university to the corporate world to solopreneur. It’s a rich story full of insights about challenging conventions, managing endings and beginnings, clarifying her purpose, and revealing her authentic self.
  • How discovering Susan Cain’s TedTalk and book, Quiet, was life changing; how Alex embraces her introversion and makes it work for herself in business.
  • Her views on being a Millennial in the workplace; how her generation is misunderstood; why she believes the different generations have more similarities than differences; and the one feature Alex feels differentiates Millennials with important implications for the future workplace.
  • Alex is a Young Ambassador for LinkedIn. With 5000 followers to date, she shares how she uses LinkedIn to shape her online and offline identity.
  • How a post she wrote on her last day in a corporate role went viral, and why; the lessons for changing the nature of conversations online and in the corporate world. Refreshingly, Alex’s writing is honest and courageous and her experiences resonate with a lot of people. Follow her!

This new phase of Alex’s career is in its infancy, yet, I’m certain this Millennial is debunking the myths of her generation through practicing what she preaches. As she says in our conversation about quitting her job and starting a business:

A lot of people sit down and just talk about it or they talk themselves out of it. Taking that first step, the minute one door opened, the next one opened, and the next one, and the next one.

Contacting Alex

Please feel free to continue the conversation by leaving a comment below. You can get in touch with Alex via LinkedIn or her website to read more about her story and business services.

Gamer

This is What You Need to Know About The Exhilarating Careers in eSports

Are you looking to switch your function or industry? This post tells you briefly what you need to know about the exciting range of career options within the growing eSports industry.

You might be thinking that eSports are just about video games and gamers. Well, it used to be but it isn’t anymore. They have become a multi-million dollar industry that attracts millions of fans from across the world. And with the advent of social media, it has gained access to global audiences. This, in turn, has attracted the interest of Fortune 500 companies that can rely on eSports tournaments for advertising opportunities.

As much as this budding industry grows, it still needs brilliant minds to help it steer a course. For example, graphic designers, event managers, PR and marketing gurus, and project managers among others.

Game publishers are coming with innovative ideas to develop games that encourage online multi-playing gaming. Lately, Star Wars Battlefront, Battlefield 1, and the overwhelmingly successful Overwatch have only increased interest. The industry has nowhere to go but up and will require top talent to join its ranks in coming years.

eSports jobs

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities in eSports, take a look at the following infographic by Computer Planet that lists some of the best jobs in this growing industry.

Thanks for this guest post to Marcus Clarke from @computerplanet.

transferable skills

Summer Loving: 9 Roles to Boost Your Transferable Skills

One of the most challenging parts of graduating is entering the job market with little to no experience. To start your career, you’ll need to demonstrable transferable skills that you can back up with examples of use. The majority of career-related roles will require transferable skills such as communication, timekeeping and working under pressure.

So, it’s a good idea to spend your summer working in a part-time role to sharpen your soft skills. Thankfully, there are plenty of part-time summer positions to help you be more employable after you graduate and get ready for that first ‘proper’ position. Take a look at these nine graduate summer roles to improve your transferable skills.

Music festival steward

transferable skillsWouldn’t it be great if you could attend a music festival while also boosting your employability? That’s exactly what you can do by working as a music festival steward over the summer. You can apply for steward positions through festival websites, all involving communication skills to use in any industry.

Whether it’s directing attendees around campsites or manning information points, you get the opportunity to communicate in a clear, helpful manner. It ensures you become accustomed to dealing with the general public. What’s more, you can even soak up the music during your breaks.

Gardener

transferable skills

Many local businesses will be on the lookout for gardeners over the summer. This is a great way for graduates to sharpen transferable skills and qualities such as your work ethic.

Remember, potting plants and mowing lawns in the searing summer heat involves plenty of effort and motivation. Also, you will need to remember instructions when tending people’s gardens. Recruiters value hard workers.

Bartender

Bar work is often advertised online. It can help you hone skills in dealing with challenging situations. Although bar work entails a fun, lively atmosphere, the pressure can crank up when you encounter difficult customers—especially if they’ve had one too many! The ability to handle these challenging situations is something plenty of recruiters will notice. You can show how you deal with adversity in the workplace and remain professional at all times.

Retail

Check out retail vacancies and consider working at a local supermarket, fashion chain or other stores. After all, you’ll pick up people skills and the ability to meet the needs of others – two qualities you can use in lots of fields.

For instance, you’ll sharpen people skills by telling customers about products. Helping out the general public day in day out will also show what a personable and conscientious worker you are. Bear in mind some retailers offer staff discount, too—another perk of working in retail!

Dog walker

Friends and family might also be able to keep you busy this summer with a dog walking role. Taking a fluffy friend transferable skillsfor a tour around the park might not seem like a productive task. However, you’ll still learn time management skills and dependability in the workplace—two more qualities you can use in any sector.

For instance, if you schedule multiple walks for one day, you’ll need to plan your day and ensure you spend the correct amount of time on each route. Then, when picking up clients’ dogs, you might need to let yourself into someone’s house and look after their key—that’s dependability right there. Through this, you’ll also be able to show recruiters your reliability to complete tasks on your own.

Ice cream vendor

transferable skillsGraduates should also consider contacting ice cream vendors in order to develop transferable skills throughout the summer. With this role, you’ll demonstrate your employability in a wealth of sectors by showing you can take in industry knowledge.

As well as using customer service skills, you’ll have to know about a range of cones, sauces, and sprinkles to impress your customers and make sure you complete every order correctly. Picking up niche knowledge is a quality all recruiters will value, especially when starting out in your first career-related job.

Waiter

Local restaurants provide a strong platform for graduates to boost skills of working in a busy environment. Being a waiter entails plenty of multi-tasking and working at speed, making you far more employable for many kinds of entry-level jobs.

With this role, prepare for a hectic day! You’ll flit between taking orders from customers and serving plates of food. Then there’s the added curveball of customers stopping you between tables. You’ll build up the ability to juggle multiple tasks and excel in a fast-paced environment, making you a more attractive applicant for many workplaces.

Theme park attendant

transferable skills

We also suggest contacting theme parks for graduate summer work. You’ll pick up essential transferable communication skills and learn how to work with children.

Indeed, working as a theme park attendant could involve responsibilities as diverse as working in a gift shop, manning queues or taking payments for tickets. Again, you’ll be able to demonstrate how you can communicate with the general public.

Fruit picker

What better way to spend the summer than walking in a glorious field picking fruit? Fruit picking, frequently advertised by local farms, is a great way for graduates to improve their ability to work to targets and work alone.

Believe it or not, this job involves a degree of pressure, as you’ll need to select a specified amount of good-quality fruit in an allocated time period. You’ll be able to tell recruiters how you can work to targets and focus on results – perfect for a range of industries. Furthermore, you’ll build skills working on your own, as you won’t have a manager shadowing you when you’re out picking.

By now, you should have an idea of the opportunities that are out there this summer. Why not browse seasonal opportunities today?

Thanks for this post to Alistair Hendrie who writes for UK job board CV-Library, providing the latest career advice on CVs, cover letters, job interviews and work life matters.

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Just Graduated? How to Ace That First Job!

You have invested at least the past three years of your life studying, pulling all-nighters in the library, and finding yourself increasingly in debt. All with the hope that it will lead to a flourishing career upon graduation. It’s time to kick-start your professional life and use all the knowledge and experience gained during your time at university. However, more graduates than ever are attempting to do the same thing and with diminishing opportunities being advertised. How can you be sure you stand out and get the position you are looking for? Here are some tips to start you on your way to landing that first job after graduating.

CV

Ensure your CV is up to date, clear, and concise. Take time to check and double check that everything makes sense and to exclude unnecessary information. This is your first impression and you want it to be a good one so proofread carefully for spelling and grammar mistakes. Prepare your CV and cover letter for the specific job you’re applying for. Don’t use a ‘one size fits all’ approach as employers want to know you’ve done your research. Then employ a trusted site like jobrapido to find vacancies that suit your individual needs, in the area you want to be based (if the location is a deciding factor).

Timing

Set up alerts on LinkedIn for hiring opportunities. Most job applications for new graduates work in cycles that open in September. Many places have graduate schemes that are for one or two years and they only accept applications that come in before Christmas. Keep this in mind when you are applying for your post-grad job.

Research

Research is a vital skill that you will have used and improved during your time at university. This is key when trying to find a new job following graduation. Knowing the industry you want to go into is something that will benefit you greatly. Consider your motivation for pursuing a particular job and the long-term situation you want to find yourself in. Tailor your cover letter to include some of the research you have done to show that you are the ideal candidate. Don’t arrive at an interview without having first looked into the company’s history and what it is they actually do, and the image they are trying to project.

Networking

Today’s workplace is often about who you know and using your many resources to advantage. Make use of Twitter and LinkedIn to show your interests and to start discussions about them. More and more employers are turning to social media to find potential new employees. You never know who you might meet and what you might fall into. Even if you just take up with someone in the industry on Twitter, they might offer some invaluable tips on how to land a first job in their field. Keep your social media up to date and don’t post anything that might put a future employer off, as they may well look you up before offering an interview. Keep your skills and experience up to date on LinkedIn.

Internships

Many of us have been there, working your heart out at an unpaid internship, long days and small jobs no one else wants to do (all in the hope they will offer you something more secure at the end of it). Your payment is the experience, right? Wrong. Unpaid internships are illegal if you are employed as a worker and you are not taking part in a student placement. Of course, if the role is advertised as ‘voluntary’ then you will not be paid, but be confident enough to know that you deserve to be paid for your work. Make sure you know your rights as an intern.

As long as you keep your head in the game, you will be fine in your first job search. It isn’t all as hopeless as the headlines might have you believe. However, a lot of the best roles may mean moving from where you are. Remember, the first job you have doesn’t mean it’s for life. Stick it out for the experience, but don’t stay with an employer that treats you badly, or for too long in a role that you don’t like. Go into your new role willing to listen and learn, even if you find yourself doing jobs that don’t use what your degree studies at university. You never know where one role will lead you in the future. Learning new skills is an activity you will repeat throughout your working life.

Thanks for this guest post go to freelance writer, Emily Jones.

Optimism

New Graduates: How Realistic Is Your Early Career Optimism?

What response might you get if you went into Specsavers asking for a pair of rose-tinted glasses? It might depend on the optimism of the sales person! The phrase was first recorded in 1861 in Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes. It means a tendency to view things in a positive, yet unrealistic light, often thinking something is better than it actually is. What’s your career eyesight like as a new graduate at the outset of your working life? Clear and confident, fuzzy and scary, or rose-tinted?

I was full of hope and optimism when I started out in the world of work after graduating. With blind faith, I was confident in my career direction of choice (the movie business), having put aside a law degree, and those rose-tinted specs felt clear and comfortable. Eighteen months later, my dreams lay in tatters after redundancy and a painful wake-up call about my ineptitude as a cameraman. Unmitigated optimism can be a form of delusion and denial.

In hindsight, four approaches would have helped me:

Do your research

My research focused on who to target with my CV and who could refer me. I failed to explore the industry and job roles with no idea about the reality and whether I had the aptitude and skills. That first job became an internship and it told me that I wasn’t cut out to be a cameraman. Test and learn. Do your research.

Become more self-aware

I just wanted a job in an industry I loved from the outside looking in. Being an obsessive film-goer and knowing the names of obscure art-house movie directors were not CV best sellers. Crucially, I didn’t know what I was good at or what I had to offer. Be clear about your emerging talents and strengths. Know and communicate the value you offer.

Balance your optimism with realism

One definition of hope is the belief that the future will be better than the present. That attitude is within your power. Feeling hopeful is great for your self-esteem if you’re unemployed after graduating. It fuels your persistence when you don’t hear back from employers or get rejections. I bounced back after losing my first job by developing myself further (a presentation skills course and IT skills) and this helped me get another job. Be a realistic optimist – keep your feet on the ground and see each job failure as an opportunity for more insight and understanding about what it takes for you to succeed.  

Take notice

Research shows that happier people take the bad with the good. Our brains keep re-writing history. We notice things we didn’t predict

…which is why you’re not aware of a ticking clock unless it stops. It’s also why you don’t laugh when you tickle yourself: You already know what’s coming next. Martin Seligman and John Tierney

Live with your eyes wide open:

Going blind gave me the vision to live and lead eyes wide open, aware of my role in creating the reality I experience and accountable for my life. It’s a vision that is liberating and empowering… Isaac Lidsky

Now, where did I put my glasses?

Get tips for maintaining your self-belief during the job search on the bite-size course below in my online school, Career Navigating for Young Professionals. Subscribe today for a month’s access.

Lead

How to Lead For Yourself in Uncertain Times

Surveys show that this generation is feeling uncertain and insecure. They are earning less and are more reluctant to job-hop compared with 40 years ago. Yet, they want their job to be meaningful and to feel empowered. Uncertainty is a given in the world of work from Brexit to the fear of job automation. The rapidly changing political, economic, and technological environments exacerbate things. Young professionals can face frustration during their early career to implement and ensure people hear their voice. Poor managers are still a reason why people leave, especially in strongly hierarchical organisations. How can you lead for yourself despite these conflicting pressures?

Control what you can

Don’t bash your head against a brick wall. New systems and processes will get introduced in your organisation that you may not agree with. Last week’s  plan will sometimes get changed the following week. So, identify where you have some control. The first place to look is within yourself. What is your current attitude to the issue in front of you? Challenge your default position and look at it from another viewpoint or step into someone else’s shoes. Is this a battle worth fighting or will it deplete your energy too much so you get distracted and your performance and wellbeing suffer? What and who are within your sphere of influence? For example, a conversation with a relevant decision-maker or sharing your concerns with a trusted mentor.

Engage more widely

Get out and talk to people beyond your immediate area if you don’t feel included or can’t see what’s happening. It’s easy to hide behind the concern of bothering busy people. However, test your assumptions. You will change perceptions of you through being curious and showing interest. Some people will ignore you and others will be more open. But then you will know the warm relationships to nurture. One way is to offer help and support to relieve other people’s stressful jobs.

Be assertive

Young people aspire to become leaders but it’s currently the luck of the draw whether they get the necessary chances to learn how. Anne Francke, Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute

A lack of confidence from uncertainty and insecurity may inhibit you from taking the initiative. The dangers are showing your dissatisfaction implicitly (passive-aggressive) or overtly without skill (aggressive). Be assertive – where you state your needs clearly and calmly (and why) AND seek to satisfy the needs of the other person. Lead for yourself – where you do the right thing and make something happen that wouldn’t occur without your initiative.

One way to take control, engage and be assertive is through continuous personal and professional development. Check out my online school, Career Navigating for Young Professionals, today and lead for yourself.

New Graduate

New Graduate: How Confident and Competent Are You Feeling?

The hard work of completing your degree is coming to an end. You may be feeling a mix of pride and relief. The summer beckons and new adventures in your life are about to begin. At some point, you will make a decision about the next step. For some, it’s a holiday and basking in your new title: Graduate. For others, it’s getting on with finding a job and exploring career options more intensely than ever before. How confident and competent are you feeling about your employability as a new graduate? Where might your attention focus to develop your employability at this stage?

The words employment and employability are often used in the same breath without distinction. Yet, one is part of the other. To clarify, employment is about getting a specific job. Whereas employability is lifelong learning to stay employable. That means you have what it takes now AND what it takes to adapt to changing circumstances. It’s having the knowledge, skills, behaviours, attributes and mindsets or attitudes to be successful in employment and life.

What employers seek

There are a set of generic mindsets and soft skills that you can develop to ensure you are employable now and New Graduatethroughout your working life. We may not know what jobs will exist in 3, 5 or 10 years’ time. However, these capabilities are transferable and will help you succeed whatever the job landscape. They can be grouped into broad categories such as:

  • Self-awareness about what makes you tick – so you know your unique advantages and can put your value as a new graduate across to employers (and then deploy them in the job)
  • Managing yourself – so you put your best self across to employers (and be at your best more often at work)
  • Awareness of how other people tick – so you can adapt and tap into their unique advantages (in the job hunt and at work)
  • Ensuring effective relationships – so you find common ground, build mutual respect, and enhance your likeability (in the job hunt and at work)

Your Employability Dashboard

So, how do you know how well you’re doing against the capabilities employers seek?

Just like a car, a dashboard helps you to navigate. What speed are you doing? Do you need to slow down or speed up? Is it time for a check-up for smoother running? What do you do when a warning light flashes amber or red? Obviously, the dashboard won’t do the driving for you (although driverless cars are on their way, lol), but it will help you stay on track in pursuit of your goals.

I’ve created an employability dashboard for you to assess your confidence and competence as a new graduate against 12 common capabilities most employers want. Each has a set of mindsets, soft skills, and behaviours. You can draw upon three main sources of evidence for your capabilities as you graduate:

  1. Education experience – course activities, projects, extra-curricular activities like societies and clubs.
  2. Work experience – term-time and holiday jobs, placements, internships, volunteering etc.
  3. Personal experience – interests like sports, writing, gaming etc; achievements like running a marathon, music grades, winning an award or reaching a fundraising target; travel and exploring other cultures abroad.

Sign up for my FREE bite-size online course above and download your Employability Dashboard template. Completing it gives you a snapshot of where you are now as a new graduate transitioning to a young professional. You will have a baseline to chart your progress. Just by knowing your strengths and development priorities gives you focus and a starting point.

What soft skills, mindsets, and behaviours do you want to develop further? 

Finding career

Expert Interview Series: How to Find Careers After College

This week’s post is an interview with me by Vocate as part of their expert interview series. Click here to read the interview.

Vocate is a rather cool US-based company that describes itself as being “the technological evolution of the university career center.” And it’s entirely free.

Expert InterviewWe believe that the job highway works but the on-ramps are broken – students are unable to find the best opportunities for them and employers are often unable to connect meaningfully with students. We are using technology to fix this problem and scale it nationwide, so every student has access to great opportunities and every employer has access to great humans. Vocate website.

What’s the interview about?

The expert interview focuses on my responses to these 8 questions:

  • Tell us a bit about yourself. Why did you decide to start a career coaching and education service?
  • How is the path from college to employment changing when compared to previous generations?
  • What do you see is the biggest challenge for most young adults who are trying to transition from college to working life?Expert Interview
  • If a young adult says to you, “I’ve just graduated from college and I still don’t know what kind of work I want to do,” how might you respond?
  • Finish this sentence: “The most common (hidden?) hindrance that tends to keep college graduates from being employable is…”
  • In your opinion, what do new college graduates place too much emphasis on when trying to find that all-important first job?
  • What are some of the “hidden talents” that you frequently see in young adults that they often don’t know they have?
  • Once someone lands that first job after graduating, what are some steps that he or she can take to become a valued employee and colleague?

Vocate’s purpose is to unleash your potential. It fits perfectly with my approach to coaching. That’s helping you to help yourself so you can be at your best more of the time and the philosophy underpinning my online school, Career Navigating for Young Professionals. The bite-size, multi-media courses take a coaching and mentoring approach to give you control of when, where, and how you like to learn. Check out more information here to see if it’s for you.

What helps and hindrances do you face finding careers after college? 

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Uncertain Times: How To Create Your Own Certainties

In an article about his book, Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently, Beau Lotto gives an analogy about being uncertain that resonates with me. Why is it we can walk through a forest in the daytime, enjoying the beauty of our surroundings using our senses, being mindful and connecting to the environment? Yet, if we take the same walk in the middle of the night, we can imagine all sorts of terrors, experience anxieties, and fear the unknown because we can’t see what is out there. It’s still the same forest.

Uncertainty can feel like that and most of us hate it. No surprise then that being uncertain can feel more like exploring in the dark when searching for a job or career, hanging on to an unfulfilling one or changing direction. What helps to enlighten our experience?

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challeged to change ourselves. Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor

The shelf-life of what you know and what you can do today is getting shorter. The way things have been done in the past won’t be fit for the future. Consequently, the faster the changes that affect you, the faster you have to learn, unlearn or relearn. Living with uncertainty and ambiguity is becoming a core mind and skill set. You can choose to do nothing and the world changes around you. Alternatively, you can embrace what is within your control to forge the life you want to lead.

Skills for uncertain times

Here’s an insightful and uplifting video outlining 5 increasingly helpful skills that will light up your forest even in the dark:

The illusion of certainty

Beware the illusion of certainty. We tell ourselves all kind of career myth stories for self-protection. We fear the truth will hurt if the wall we build to protect ourselves comes crumbling down. Those walls can be personal myths about what you can and can’t do, what you are willing or unwilling to do. Many have faulty assumptions. Do any of these ring bells with you?

  • Other people are better than me. I am not good enough.
  • I’m too old and out of date or too young and inexperienced.
  • There are no jobs for people like me.
  • I can’t change or learn something new because…

What would be your own truths if you replaced them with what you really know to be true? How would you feel then? Make your own judgements and create your own truths to liberate yourself and create your own certainties.

Are you excited, daunted or both by the possibilities and challenges in uncertain times?

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