So you’ve been out of the job market due to redundancy. Or maybe you’ve taken a career break or been on extended maternity leave.
It’s all very legitimate but that’s not the way some employers and interviewers see it.
Here are 5 steps to help you handle conversations about your career gap and, in fact, turn the gap into a positive differentiator which helps you stand out from the crowd.
• Planning a career change?
• Starting a new business?
• Taking an extended career break?
Well – here’s a suggestion – Don’t Give Up The Day Job!
Your “day job” – i.e. the “work you’re known for” is what pays the bills when you’re making a transition. It’s what provides some stability when your new business idea or career transition takes a stumble, which it will at some stage.
So as liberating as it is to say “I’ve left my banking/legal/marketing job forever!” – don’t do it.
Sometimes you need to shut one door before new ones begin to open up to you.
– You need to decide that you’re giving up on a project or business venture before ideas for a new venture show up.
– You need to make a firm decision to move on from an old job or career for new opportunities and ideas to show up.
– You need make a decision to change city or country before new options come up and before chance conversations come your way to create opportunities.
Intuitively we all know this to be true don’t we?
“Redefine ‘networking.’ You are not ‘networking.’ You are connecting – sharing your knowledge, resources, time, energy, friends, associates, empathy and compassion in a continual effort to provide value to others”
– Keith Ferrazzi
60-70% of job vacancies are filled via networks and referrals.
80% of all career changers find jobs in their new professions via a referral (and not through recruiters or job sites).
90% of freelancers and start-ups find their first client via their network of contacts.
100% of the above stats are hearsay and not scientifically proven. But we know they’re fairly accurate based on what I’ve seen in the market.
Yet most of the people reading this find networking uncomfortable and avoid it as much as they can.
Here are 5 networking myths that need to be dispelled in order for you to re-frame the whole concept of networking.
Question: “Sital, how do I maintain momentum and just “keep going” with my job search when I’m faced with constant rejections, negativity and non-response…?”
1. Don’t take it personally
• Some people won’t reply to your emails.
• Some people won’t return your calls.
• Some firms won’t reply to your job application.
Don’t take it personally. Develop a thick skin. Keep building a pipeline of opportunities, a wider set of connections, and just move on. It’s their loss, not yours.
Regardless of whether you have a “permanent” job or not – you, me and everyone else are now freelancers.As Dan Pink predicted is his 2002 book “Free Agent Nation” – we’ll all be working for ourselves in the future.
Well the future has arrived and what that means is: