Several times in my career I have been without work. Sometimes by choice. Sometimes not. Particularly in the latter case, it can be a very scary feeling… almost as if you are alone in the world. You send all of those emails, you submit your resume, you try to engage with recruiters, you reach out to your contacts and affect some semblance of happy confidence… but in the quiet of your own mind, you may well be very afraid.
Worrying is normal, by the way, and according to Daniel Goldman (Emotional Intelligence) may have its evolutionary roots in practicing for future possible events—preparing for them so as to not be caught off guard. But, like everything else, when taken to extremes, worrying can be destructive.
It is always helpful under such circumstances to look for some external input, perhaps from a friend, a loved one, a parent, a spiritual guide, a coach… someone who can help you weigh the evidence and know whether your worrying is helpful preparation or just plain, frozen-in-the-headlights fear. Sometimes just being able to talk about what concerns you can help you feel better and more in control.
On the other hand, even if you are not specifically afraid, looking for a new job can be a huge amount of work and to many people, it is hard to know where to start and how to prioritize one’s time. Combing through job boards and applying can be very time-consuming, as can networking, interviewing, or talking to recruiters.
Our clients have an enormous benefit in this regard, because they have access to a six-member team, so that they never feel alone in the world, and have tremendous experience always at their beck and call.
Our clients start with a Clarity Coach who guides them through the Targeting step in our five-step career change process, the Clarity Program©. The output of this step is a clear understanding of the client’s target and an agreement about how we will approach the market together.
Next comes the Career Consultant. This team member guides the next four steps in the process (Packaging, Market Access, Preparation, and On-Boarding) and remains the sounding-board and principal client resource as the program advances.
At the right time in the process, we bring in a Researcher who helps winnow through the market using our state-of-the-art databases to select companies and contacts as relevant per the Targeting step. A Writer comes in, too, to prepare cover letters and resume versions as necessary and appropriate to optimize campaign results.
A Negotiation Coach joins the team as the offers start to come in and leverages the three decades of experience the Barrett Group has in this field to benchmark comparable salary and benefits packages and to find additional compensation elements. We almost invariably find another $10,000 to $20,000 in compensation during this step which is hardly surprising considering we have done this thousands of times over the years and know where to look for that hidden treasure.
Now this whole process takes time and the feelings of worry, anxiety, or outright fear do not necessarily evaporate, so when there is a bump in the road, we also bring in our Client Concierge (one of several senior resources) who has guided thousands through this process and can literally take the client by the hand, recognize and avoid the potholes, and help him or her focus on the straight and narrow path that leads on to career success.
Now you may be the truly confident sort who does not need any moral support, but if you are not, how would it feel to have a professional team at your elbow when you face the job market? One thing is for sure: you would never feel alone in the world.