When you’ve experienced a significant loss or a break-up, it’s often difficult to perform everyday functions as simple as eating and sleeping, let alone functioning well at work. If you can escape the rat race, then take advantage of that time to refocus your career. And if you can’t, then remember to take a deep breath, and try to find the joy in the simple things in life.
1. Set Aside Time
Finding a job and pursuing your passion takes time. Make sure you set aside one to two hours in your day to either research potential companies you’re interested in, write a resume, or network. If you are dreading the nine-to-five, five-day a week job, then try to figure out a way to create your own schedule. A great inspirational book is The 4-Hour Work Week.
2. Write Down Five Things You Enjoy Doing and Are Good At
What do you really want to do with your life? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What do you love doing? What do hate doing? Now, look at your list and focus on what you love and what will have the most positive impact and ultimately be the most rewarding job for you.
3. Find Inspiration
Contact a person who inspires you and ask her for advice. Who is that one person who inspires you most? What does she do? What do you admire about her?
4. Gather the Essential Tools
In today’s world, it is important to be up on the latest technology. Invest in some form of technology like a Blackberry, i-Phone, computer, wireless, DSL, email, voicemail, text messaging, etc. It will pay off in the end.
5. Educate Yourself
Take the time to research ideas, industries, and companies that you are interested in pursuing. The best kept secret ... there are FREE Webinars on-line so you can educate yourself from home. Remember education empowers!
6. Get Organized
Create a good environment and organize your work space.
7. Develop an Elevator Pitch
This is your one to two description of yourself and your business objective—an essential networking tool.
Ex: “I am (name) from (company) and we (what do you do?) for (who do you do it for?). Our ideal client is (who is your ideal client?).”
Ex: “I am (name) and I’m looking for a job in (what industry) because I want to do (explain what you want to do). I specialize in (or I’m passionate about) ...
8. Practice and Believe It
Practice and refine your pitch until you find what feels good. Your purpose and niche might evolve over time, but that’s okay. Practice your elev
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