In these times of uncertainty, you may feel overwhelmed and anxious trying to figure out the best direction, the most effective job move, or the smartest choice for a new career. Putting pressure on yourself to "get it right" can cause you to put on the brakes and become immobilized for fear of making the wrong move.
Rather than halting your process, you can reduce the risk of regretting your decisions by carefully investigating your options and by basing your decisions and actions on facts, rather than on assumptions, and on intuition, rather than on fear
It is critical to keep taking steps toward your goal, especially in a tight job market. You never know where one conversation with a good contact might lead.
While you may not see or hear of many job openings these days, that does not mean there are none to be found or that some unique opportunity is not in the offing. More than ever, it's time to emphasize effective job search and transition strategies and explore the "hidden job market"--that is, those jobs that are filled without classified ads or online job postings. Candidates are recruited through networking, and you can be part of the buzz.
In order to take advantage of the less-than-obvious opportunities, it's essential for you to know what you have to offer and how your skills, talents and experience translate to a variety of environments. Flexibility and creative thinking
are important in the current marketplace.
Here are a few books that might help you shift from not knowing what to do to making something happen:
, by Greg Levoy
Work With Passion
, by Nancy Anderson
A Life At Work
, by Thomas Moore
I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was
, by Barbara Sher
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