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31 July, 2020 Posted by John G. Self Posted in career advancement, Career Management, Career Transition/Outplacement
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Managing Your Career In A Pandemic

Posted July 31st, 2020 | Author: John G. Self

“When it comes to my career, I feel like we are about to begin playing a very big game — a global game — of musical chairs. The music will start playing and when it stops, there will be a lot of people with no place to sit.”

I spent the day Thursday talking to clients. Not surprisingly, everyone was unsettled — as a nation, we are struggling mightily, albeit in a fragmented siloed fashion, to slam the lid on Covid-19, some of the political rhetoric is becoming more unhinged, very successful consultants, including executive recruiters, are sitting around waiting and the economic news in the US was historically, devastatingly bad. There are a few bright spots in certain industries but they are not sufficient to fuel broad economic growth.

Meanwhile, I learned that a group of highly respected scientists and health policy experts, meeting virtually with business leaders, painted what is probably the most realistic picture for the end of this deadly virus and a timeframe for when we can hope the economy will begin to recover. That, too, was was unsettling.

The one word I kept hearing during my conversations with friends and colleagues was “transformative” as in this crisis will be transformative on “our economy, “my industry”, “on healthcare”… People are unsettled because they are struggling to decipher whether transformation will be a good or bad thing in their lives.

This is the time to begin planning for your transformed post-Covid-19 life.

This level of sweeping uncertainty can have a paralyzing effect on our decision-making process. While that is understandable, this is exactly the wrong time to slip into a shutdown mode. Now, more than any time in your career, you must focus your creative, critical thinking capabilities to think about and prepare for the future. Yes, there are plenty of dark clouds but the sun has not, and will not, disappear. This is the time to begin planning for your transformed post-Covid-19 life.

If you wait until you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you will find yourself at the back of the line, scrambling for scraps. This is your call to action.

© 2020 John Gregory Self

29 July, 2020 Posted by John G. Self Posted in Career, Career Management, Career Networking, Early Careerists
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Just Have Faith

Posted July 29th, 2020 | Author: John G. Self

Taking the first step.
Easier said than done sometimes.
We have all been there at one time or another in our lives.  When we think about it philosophically, taking the first step makes great sense.  But in reality, for the many of us, it is so hard.  It requires an understanding that even if we fail, it is not the end of the world. 
It requires faith.  Whether you are 25, 45, or 70, have faith.  Take the first step. Quit spending the enormous amount of foolish energy on your excuses.  
Do not stumble or retreat. Just have faith.  It is hard to do, but it is worth it!


© 2020 John Gregory Self

20 May, 2020 Posted by John G. Self Posted in Career Coaching, Career Management, Early Careerists
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What Will the Healthcare Rebound Look Like?

Posted May 20th, 2020 | Author: John G. Self

This is an insightful video from the Wall Street Journal.  It provides useful perspective regarding why the healthcare industry may not rebound as fast or as completely has some more optimistic industry leaders believe. I would include myself in that group.

Rebound In Jobs May Be Less Robust

Executives, managers and line employees who were laid off should begin to update their job interviewing skills NOW if they want to be competitive in a crowded field of people looking for work.  

If you were laid off but have not been in the job market in the last three to five years, you need to understand this: the rules of how best to find your next job have changed.

© 2020 John Gregory Self

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