It’s widespread knowledge that the Australian job market and wage growth has been a bit slow and a bit tough over the last 5 +years. For a country and specifically, a state (Queensland) that has always prided itself on being a ‘smart’ state, ‘best place to live’ etc, we’ve certainly gone though a tightening of our belts due to many factors (media scare mongering, mining bust etc). Rather than go on and on about ‘why’ I’m more interested in finding out about the ‘how’ to turn this unfortunate situation around. After speaking to some business owners, business coaches and senior recruiters, I’ve put together a list of hopefully, (helpful) advice.
Unemployed? Got fired? Got made redundant? Quit in a huff?
1# Release baggage from prior jobs. Unhealthy connections need to be released for positive forward movement to take place. If you were in an unhealthy situation, cutting the energetic cord with prior colleagues, bosses, clients, institutions, and associates releases your attachment and disconnects the emotional baggage; which allows you to complete the separation and move forward.
2# Believe that you are worthy! Remember your past successes and achievements. Believe you will be in the right place at the right time. (You are always at the right place at the right time. Always. Even if it doesn’t make sense!)
# 3: Manifest interest from employers through positive energy.
When applying for roles, connecting with people on Linked In or returning a call to a recruiter, fill your mind with positive thoughts, and feel positive energy. “I am an excellent employee. They will be lucky to hire me, and I will be lucky to be hired by them.”
# 4: Focus on what you want not what you don’t want.
Don’t even think about what you don’t want. Just focus on what you do, or you may end up with a role that’s not quite made for you.
#5: Be Thankful for all you have and all you have had.
Okay, so maybe you left your last job with a bad taste in your mouth. Maybe your confidence is shot. Take a moment and think about all the great things that have happened, the compliments you have received, and even the constructive criticism you received. Think about your proudest moments. They will happen again!
“Find a career you love and you won’t work a day.” – Some smug inspirational person.
Employees in 2017 are also suffering from the “It Just Pays the Bills’ blues. They haven’t found their ‘purpose’ or ‘dream job’ or lack of progress in their company due to lack of opportunity, lack of challenge and lack of abundance. Sometimes it’s okay not to love your job. Not everyone gets out of bed and can say that they are a ‘successful entrepreneur’ or ‘LOVE’ what they do. It’s okay to be in a job that’s meh, but you’re generally content, and have small victories and successes along the way. The most important factors in improving your mindset when in a situation like this:
#1 Watch what you say and think
Even to yourself, let alone colleagues. The ‘words we say’ and ‘the thoughts we think’ affect us physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and financially.
#2 Be thankful. Again. I know, boring right? But whilst at your desk, be thankful you are working, getting paid, providing for your family and offering services to the community. Be thankful you’ve got the resources to be able to start your own business if you wanted to! You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the positive vibes you put out and receive back.
#3 Work. Hard.
Want to own your own business? Do talking tours? Post lots of smug LinkedIn posts about how you spoke at x event and are making top 10 ‘young xx of the year awards?’ well then, you gotta do the work, be damn good at what you do, stand out from the crowd, and reply to emails 24/7, even when you don’t feel like it.
#4 Be Authentic.
Be yourself, do and say what you mean. More than ever, people can read and smell bullcrap a mile off. Those with no integrity, false promises, who are power hungry and greedy and self interested always get found out in the end, and always fail. The most successful people are successful without being assholes, and have a lot of followers and supporters. They’ve also failed a few times…and gotten back up again!