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Career Matters March 2009
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A Letter From Anne

As a career coach and strategist, I have seen a wide range of emotions these past 3 months. Many people are struggling with fear, depression, hopelessness, and panic. The fact is, it's easy to get caught up in the pervasive fear about the economy.

Many people are paralyzed in their decisions and choices for now and the future. Two of my 3 children were laid off. What do we do? More importantly, what are we learning from all of this?

I have also seen a good number of people who are relieved to be let go from their jobs because they haven’t been happy in what they are doing. If you've been let go or laid off, now is the time to redefine what you want from a job or career. Now is the time to re-invent yourself or choose to go back to school.

Whether you've been laid off or you're happily employed, today is also a time to be grateful – these tough economic times have shown us the importance of friends and family. This issue of the Career Matters newsletter will look at different articles about the economy, coping and careers.

Thanks for reading,

Anne


Dealing with Distractions

Wait, what did you say? 

Distractions are often the biggest threat to career success. They get in the way of our jobs and, if not handled correctly, they can keep us from achieving success.

In a lot of situations (especially work situations), how we handle distractions determines how successful we can be. Our biggest distractions come in three forms: people, thoughts, and things. While everyone understands the distractions from people and things, thoughts distract us when we have expectations or when we are anxious. Handling these distractions is all about focus.

Start by focusing on what's in front of you right now. When your thoughts distract you, you'll need to consciously redirect yourself to the task at hand. Over time, this will become habit. Some distractions - especially distractions that have to do with your thoughts on your career - can be incredibly difficult to overcome.


In the Tao Te Ching, the 44th verse says,be content with what you have; Rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.“

A Time To Reflect

This is a Time to Be Grateful, Reflective

Reflection on 2008We’re well into 2009 and considering the economic circumstances, it’s time we all sit back and reflect on our lives, both professionally and personally. Understanding where you are and where you’ve been will help you choose the right path to follow for the future.

7 Things to think about:

  1. In the last year, have you grown as a person?
  2. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
  3. Where have you run into challenges recently?
  4. What lessons did you learn from these challenges and how can you avoid them in the future?
  5. Make a list of the things you are proud of and grateful for.
  6. What recent decisions improved your life?
  7. Pinpoint an area in your life that you would like to improve.

Keys to Networking

More than 65% of people end up getting jobs through networking.

The hardest part of networking is your own internal resistance. Out of shyness, many people avoid going to networking events. With a little preparation, you can overcome your reluctance. Here are a couple of questions you should ask yourself before your next networking event:

What do you have to offer others? Take a few minutes to think about what your individual strengths and assets are. When you speak to people at networking events, it's helpful to give everyone you meet an explanation of what you can do for them. When people understand what you have to offer, you've established a good starting point for future conversations. Knowing what your strengths are will also help you feel more confident.

Whom do you need to know to get where you want to go? Where can you find those people? With the tough economy, don’t hesitate to be out there meeting others—it’s a lot more productive than sitting behind a computer.


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Featured Career Book

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell, (author of Tippping Point and Blink)

Of all of Gladwell’s books, this has been my favorite. It's an easy and interesting read.

As a coach who helps people with career and life issues, I have always been fascinated by what it is that makes people successful. Is it their abilities? Their motivation? Family?

While factors like family, education, and environment are certainly helpful, Gladwell's book illustrates that many of the factors that lead to success are "outliers," or "something that is situated away from or classed differently from a main or related body."

Gladwell investigates many successful people and, contrary to popular belief, illustrates that many of the factors we normally consider essential to success - like education at an Ivy league university or exceptional IQ - are actually not a factor in determining success.

One of my favorite stories from Outliers is that of the Beatles. When they came to the USA in 1964, they were well received and immediate stars. Did this success happen over night? Not at all. By the time the Beatles had arrived in the United States, they had already performed together 1200 times. That is most unusual for bands, and likely a major factor in their success. By practicing together so many times, they kept learning and were motivated to get better.

Practice and mastering  your craft, according to Gladwell, are more important than all other factors.

In my mind, the key is to understand there are many factors for success - one can never have enough practice or contacts. As Daniel Pink and Rob Ten Pas say in Johnny Bunko- the Last Career Guide You’ll ever NeedPersistence trumps Talent”.


Do you know someone who wants a new career direction? Has been laid off? Is confused? Might want to go back to school? Have them call us at Career Matters.

We help people find their gifts and their directions. We work with people from 16 –90. We offer testing, coaching, help with resumes and networking, finding jobs and interview skills

Call (720)489-9409 or visit AnneAngerman.com.