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Career Transition Planning for Year's End


Grateful… Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Today as I was thinking about the holiday season my head started thinking of the old Beatles song with a lot of Yah’s in it.  Why, I don’t have a clue, but since this is a time of giving thanks many in the transition journey would probably say, “Thanks, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, right”, but you can feel more thankful when giving more effort into the process during the Season.

How can we make the most out of this time in our life with more than a lip sync kind of feeling? 

1.      Make a lists

List what you are grateful for today, this week, this month and this year.  Even if the list is short make it count.  Look back at the things that were accomplished even though difficult, family, friends, the opportunity to do something for others that you may not have been able to do if not in the journey.  Also, look ahead at what things you can be grateful for in the new year. 

2.      Spend your time wisely

Spend your time wisely when not working on your job search activities.  Take the time to bake the cookies with the kids, sing in the choir, feed the homeless and elderly, babysit for someone who needs to go shopping, take the dog to the park, participate in the Christmas play, take a drive to see the lights or watch a great old movie that makes you happy.  The ultimate challenge is to see if you can capture the feelings you had as a kid during Christmas time.

3.      Discover your “Why” 

This means figure out why you are here on this Earth, in this family and on this journey.  Take the time to discover yourself by taking a breath and looking around for all the greatness you see.  Some would say to stand at the ocean’s edge and feel small while others may look up at the night’s sky to see all the stars to feel the wonder of the universe.  What ever it takes, use this opportunity to learn about yourself and discover your purpose again.

4.      Say Thanks

Just keep saying “Thanks” and professing your appreciation for everything you have.  When you rise in the morning give thanks for a new day.  When you sit down for a meal give thanks for what you have on the table.  When you take a walk give thanks for health, nature and natural resources we have access to daily.  Hey, if nothing else give thanks that we have modern plumbing in the home.  For one, I would not want to live without it.  Find the little things that are taken from granted and be grateful for each.

It does not take much, but it does take awareness to be grateful in a serious and meaningful way.  We don’t have to glaze over the real meaning of this Season just because our journey is difficult or long.  Give thanks and appreciate all you have… Yeah.

Kathy Goodin-Mitchell, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Career Leverage Advisors

Perception Is Everything When Stressed


When we are faced with job loss or change of career we many times feel an increase in our stress levels.  Stress increase is not uncommon as any change in life can impact multiple parts of life.  Work and money rank at the very top of stressors listed in a recent study performed by the American Psychological Association concerning stress.  They noted over 44% of Americans feel moderate to high stress which can lead to various other issues including health and family.  How does someone deal with the stress encountered during a career transition? 

If you are one of those die-hard individuals you would say to just push forward and get through whatever it is.  If you take a more panicked approach you may want to hide out till it all passes.  Unfortunately, neither of these techniques will give you the results you may desire. 

So… what do you do???  I suggest looking at the following four points:

Seek to understand the whole of the situation:  Ask yourself for example…

  • Is this just temporary or a more long-term situation?
  • Will this situation be something I can resolve easily or will I have to take serious action?
  • What does this situation mean to me and my family today and next month?

Seek to understand how your core values are impacted:  Ask yourself for example…

  • What are my core values?
  • Does the situation provide a new path that will allow me to better align my career or work with those values?
  • How can my core values guide my next career decision?
  • Do my core values direct me to find a new career or purpose in life?

Seek support when needed, which is now: Ask yourself for example…

  • Are there any groups or individuals that may be willing to help me during this time?
  • Do those groups or individuals want the best result for me?
  • Once found, will the group or individual have the capabilities and resources to help me in the needed areas?

Seek to change perceptions: Ask yourself for example…

  • How do I see my situation, through a lens of worry, doubt, fear?
  • Can I change my perceptions to be of hope, opportunity and wonder?
  • Who will support the change of perception to help me move forward?
  • Can my core values support a changed perception?
  • Am I looking at this in a gratefulness mindset?
  • How can I put a positive approach to work for me?

Stress comes to us in countless ways for a host of reasons.  When we use a perception lens that leads to worry, fear, doubt or does not match our core values the stress levels can be more severe.  Change the lens perception to one supported by your core values, using hope and positivity to see how stress can fade or disappear.  Practice of positive thinking and gratefulness also can impact our overall being when given full attention. 

Kathy Goodin-Mitchell, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Career Advisor & Founder, Career Leverage Advisors

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Takes More Than Positive Thinking


Stay Positive
In the world where we don't always get what we want it is sometimes very hard to stay excited in a career search, much less keep a positive face. We all hear, "Just stay positive", or " Keep a good attitude". But... for those who have been in a career transition for weeks, months or even years it becomes very difficult to stay in that positive mode and believe we will triumph in landing that next opportunity. This is the time when we must dig deep within ourselves to find the bedrock of who we are and determine the reasons why staying in the fight for this career path must continue.

Have Tenacity
It does not matter why you are in a career search, what matters is that you keep thinking in a positive manner as you go through the process. How does a person keep going when all they have gotten is rejection time and again you ask? My only word to share is "Tenacity". Positive thinking is more than just an attitude or a feeling. Remaining positive sometimes just requires grit to keep going and stay the course. When everything is going in the wrong direction this is the time to reaffirm your commitment and put that self belief to work even harder. Tenacity means we refuse to let the negative influence our thinking and actions daily. It means we refuse to let other's opinions or rejection dissuade us from our goal.

Wear Your Game Face
Tenacity also means that we put our warrior face on as we work to make our goals come true. As a friend once said to me, "No body wants to hire someone with little self esteem or who looks like they are begging for the job." When we have the onsite interview opportunity, the phone interview or even meet people in a social setting we have to be putting forth the image, the face, the attitude and demeanor saying we are positive in our self, our accomplishments and have faith that we will get the job of our choice. I know it is hard, been there, done that more than once! However, if we look determined and assured, then others will think of as such.

Be Strong, Assured and Determined
Staying positive with a tenacious attitude has always won over the negative view and opened doors that were impossible options. In addition to putting on the face, we also have to speak in a positive manner. Using such words as "Maybe" or "We'll see", are not the expressions of a positive person. We must speak with authority on our best known subject... Us. We must be outlandish in our claims to the point that others see us landing our dream job as inevitable. Here is another point, people want to help those who are strong, assured and determined. Think about this, how many times have you wanted to help someone who looks and talked like a powerhouse? Yes, positive thinking and actions draw strong people together.

Keep Moving Forward
So, if you are thinking negative thoughts or acting dejected, stop it now! Pay yourself forward and keep moving in a positive way with positive self image, positive speak and do so tenaciously.

Kathy Goodin-Mitchell, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Career Advisor & Founder, Career Leverage Advisors

Review and Plan Ahead for Best Results


Friday's are the day when business professionals wrap up the week and plan for the next. If you are in job search take today to do the same. Here are some examples of what busy job searchers do to keep their activity level high and focus on point:


  • What did I accomplish this week? 
  • How many contacts and introductions did I obtain?
  • How many informational interviews did I have?
  • How many jobs did I apply for or research?
  • Send Thank You notes if not already completed
  • Did my documents help me or hurt me in the search?
  • How many job interviews did I have?
  • Review how grateful I was over the week and how I showed that attitude to others.
  • How many others did I help over the week?

Plan Ahead:

  • Set appointments for next weeks informational interviews 
  • Research two new businesses I would like to work with or for
  • Set meeting times and goals with accountability groups and transition career groups
  • Set aside time to volunteer with non-profit or school
  • Send or give Thank You notes
  • Review resume and other documents for any changes or updates needed
  • Schedule training event, Coaching session or Educational course


Establishing a plan to keep focus on the tasks at hand will not only provide a true view of your accomplishments, but help you cope with the emotional roller coaster ride of your career transition!

Kathy Goodin-Mitchell, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Career Advisor & Founder, Career Leverage Advisors