What Doesn’t Kill you Makes you Stronger

6 Oct

Article Title: What Doesn’t Kill you Makes you Stronger
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://CareerAlley.com

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Have you ever seen someone’s career take a really bad turn for the worse? Not by imploding (you know, committing a crime or something stupid like that), but things suddenly not going well. Missed deadlines or responsibilities that are not met. This may happen over a period of time. Everyone else notices but (seemingly) not the person it is happening to. It may have happened to you (or not). There are so many things that are outside of our control, new bosses, new direction, companies not doing as well, mergers, down sizing, and the list goes on. Often, in retrospect (but rarely while it is happening), we can see what really happened. Where did we go wrong? Why didn’t we fix it? What would we do differently? No sense dwelling on the past. Everything that happens to you in your job and career (good, bad or indifferent) is part of the path that will lead you to your next opportunity. Whether that opportunity exists where you currently work or elsewhere. And, as the title of this post indicates, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

  • Picking Up The Pieces When You Find Yourself Jobless – This article, from Vault.com, provides some great advice for moving on after losing your job (no matter what the reason). Most of the steps focus on what to do from the moment you are told to severing your ties cleanly. That last step, sometimes the hardest, is your final walk out the door and what you will say to your now former coworkers. While you are on the site, take a look at the other great job search resources with the links at the top of the page
  • I lost my job, now what? – Posted by yours truly, this is one of the first posts by me on CareerAlley. There are the initial stages of recognition when you lose your job (not dissimilar to losing a loved one). But, once you’ve taken the appropriate amount of time (and it is different for all of us), it’s time to get back on that horse. When you lose your job, your full time job is now finding another one and you must approach it in that way. The article then goes on to list the seven steps for finding your next job. This is my favorite post and forms the basis for so much of what is included on CareerAlley.
  • For Job-Hunting Success, Develop a Comprehensive Job-Search Plan – A comprehensive 10-step plan from Quintcareers.com, this article provides 10 steps to creating a great job search plan. Each step (such as make the time, reflect on what you want, etc.) provides a great overview along with embedded links to related information including creating the basic tools in your Job Search Marketing Toolkit. There are additional tabs at the top of the page for Students, Job-Seekers and Career Changers. Additionally, there are related links on the top left hand side of the page.
  • The Riley Guide: How to Job Search – One of the best sources on the Internet for job search, the Riley Guide has what seems like the answer to every job search question and resource you may need. This particular page is subtitled “Job Search Guidance”. Starting with a list of advice and advisors (with embedded links) and following with guides and articles and the list goes on. The “hidden job market” and “online search” are also included. This is a great place to put together the plans for your search.
  • 5 Ways to Not Feel Overwhelmed By Your Job Search – Looking for a job can be very stressful, especially if you are out of work and have been looking for any length of time. This article, from careersparx.com, has a short list to get you blood pressure back to normal. Tips such as “do one thing every day” and “make a list” are just two of the basics that should become a regular part of your routine.

Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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