I was thinking about what I would like to write to you this week - resume writing, interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating. Then, I read a comment on volunteering as a job seeker on LinkedIn Groups. The group is called JobAngels, a Hiring for Hope program.
I have many success stories of real people going through career transition while volunteering. I would like to share two of these stories of encouragement with you today. As a job seeker, whether you want to change careers or need help networking, I hope this blog will encourage you to volunteer, network and help others do the same. If while you're volunteering and you need to earn some cash you could look into real work from home jobs some more and see if you can earn money from home. The following are true stories from professionals who were once in the position where many of you are today. Volunteering made a positive change to their lives forever. Are you interested in hearing more? Read on …
Success Story #1
Lucy reached out via email. Her response back was a job offer.
Lucy was looking for a job due to a company buyout where she worked for 19 years. She lived in a small town in the Midwest with a population of about 5000 people. Her position was in Human Resources. I remember, for several weeks, every time I asked her how she was doing with her job search, she would start the conversation with “I live in a small town, I’m 55 years old and there are no jobs here for me.” We had already discussed how to network and contact people she knew to let them know she is available and looking for work. Lucy had only been seeking jobs posted in her local paper and online. After several weeks, she was finally ready to step out-of-the-box and let others know she was looking for a job. She already had been volunteering 17 years for a local non profit organization. When she emailed the Assistant Director to ask her to be a reference for her job search, the Assistant Director's response was “I just got promoted to Director. Would you like to have my job as Assistant Director?” Lucy was thrilled. She loved working for this woman and at this time of her life, she was ready to make a career change. She had been preparing for the latter part of her work life all along and didn’t even realize it. She gratefully accepted this paid position. Does this sound familiar to you? If so, are you ready to take the challenge and start networking to let others you know you’re looking for work?
Did you just lose your job? Or maybe you have your dream job and suddenly the company is reorganizing and you’re confused and unsure of what your job is anymore? If this sounds like you or you know someone going through change in the workplace or is going through career transition, this week’s blog is for you. I would like to share with you two true stories. They are both stories of discovery during a difficult time.
The first story is the discovery of finding what the dream job looks like.
I was talking to my girlfriend Lauren about her husband's job situation. We’ll call him Kevin. Lauren told me Kevin just lost his job, he was depressed and having a difficult time finding another job. She also told me he always gets bored after 6-months on the job. She thought he was being lazy and inconsistent in his thinking because the only thing consistent about Kevin’s professional life was getting bored and being unhappy in his jobs. So I asked to speak to him. Within 10 minutes of talking to Kevin, I discovered exactly why this was happening to him. Kevin got hired to create a product and then his job required him to maintain that product. This was the wrong fit for him.