For those who take absence from the job market, for whatever reason, the notion of re-entering the working world can be immensely daunting. One of the reasons is that as humans we tend to habituate ourselves – we get into a different rhythm and going back to work is a different kind of demand to our routine.
Here are some of the things to bear in mind when getting back in the saddle:
- The experience and skills which you had prior to your break are still of value and can still be applied
You may initially have to start on a lower salary because your experience isn’t current – that drop in salary is not a reflection of you capabilities; rather, it is just the way the world of work works
- You may find yourself unnaturally tired at first, because this kind of work requires a different type of stamina
- It is possible that some colleagues may try to undervalue you because you haven’t worked recently. You need to be strong enough to ignore that – every day that you do work, you are gaining experience
- Deciding when to return to work is absolutely critical. Make sure that you are ready and in the right frame of mind
- Try all sorts of avenues to get yourself employed, not just online adverts, but also word-of-mouth, contact previous colleagues, and even contact companies whose culture or product you like. You can never predict where work opportunities will come from.
You may have to upskill yourself in certain areas. That’s a positive thing, not a punishment
- Think about your past working experiences and focus on these so that your mind recalls the ‘working you’, and is in that context when you apply for positions
- When asked about your time off work, describe it briefly in positive terms. Do not dwell on it as if it was a huge portion of your career
- See this as an opportunity to learn new skills
- Starting a new job is an exciting new phase of life – see it as this and enjoy the experience!
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To show you a graph proving how managing your emotions impacts positively on your career and life is probably a waste of time. Not because the data isn’t valid, but rather because it is only in the experiential management of your emotions that you can actually start seeing the impact unfold.
Emotions lie at the core of all human behaviour.
Before we think or act on anything, we have a feeling that charges through our system, to which we react. Most of us believe that we are in control and that the majority of our behaviour is controlled and chosen. This is true when we’re in balance and not caught off guard.
It is the massively charged human emotions – the shock, the frustration, the anger, the humiliation – which spiral our responses out of control. It is then that our internal regulator is hijacked, and we are faced with the consequent cost of an emotional outburst, and its resultant ripple effects.
Understanding your own triggers and emotional pulses empowers you to colour your life and experiences as you please, without having to rethink the collateral damage of an outburst. The emotionally intelligent person is able to experience the sensation of their emotions, without displaying anything inappropriate or incongruous.
“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals and values are in balance.”
The emotionally intelligent person knows themselves and their emotions. It’s not that emotions are bad – it’s just the inappropriate display of them from which we need to recover.
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With the wealth of amazing career-orientated books out there, it’s hard to narrow the list of impactful and inspiring books down to five (there are many more!). The below books however are a really great place to start (there’s a reason why many of them are bestsellers!).
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki
Probably one of the most influential career books of all time. The message that this book sends goes beyond the principle of earning money with or without an education. The message is fundamental – career and life do not always g according to plan. Sometimes there is a need to take risks, craft your own path, and be present in your own moments.
- 100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Network, Cold Call, and Tweet Your Way to Your Dream Job, by Laura Labovich and Miriam Salpeter
A down-to-earth and realistic guide to doing the things that do not come naturally to most of us. This book includes many of the difficult and uncomfortable aspects of building your career – often the very things that can make or break you.
- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? By Seth Godin
This essential read takes a look at business, society and personal development. It also takes a look at how to promote your skills and abilities, so that you not only establish yourself, but make yourself indispensable.
- The Black Swan, by Nassim Taleb
When crafting a career there is often the desire to have some level of predictability. In this book, Taleb unpacks the way in which people erroneously depend on the ability to predict as a method of decision making. He demonstrates how it is the most structured systems that are the ones most vulnerable to collapse.
- The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
Entertaining, stimulating and a fantastic read for a happy and balanced lifestyle, The Power of Habit has great behaviour tips, which you can start implementing immediately.
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