How women can relaunch their careers after getting fired

03 Apr
2017

Embarassed. Shocked. Curled up in the fetal position. Understandable reactions following a firing. But for women, overthinking your next move or getting paralyzed by fear won’t serve you as you attempt to bounce back.

In today’s workforce, millennials can expect to hold six jobs before age 30, says Wendy Sachs, an Emmy-award winning TV news producer and the author of “Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot — and Relaunch Their Careers.”

Facing this reality, “A study found that men will apply for a job if they meet 60 percent of the qualifications, while women will only apply if they meet 100 percent. Fear and shaky self-confidence are the root of what holds women back from taking a chance in a new direction,” says Sachs.

To move forward after getting sacked, follow Sachs’ advice for reinvention.

Dig deep

Getting fired is painful. Take a moment to self-reflect on why it happened. Sometimes you’re completely not responsible — like after a company folds. Understand where your value lies, what your skill set is and how it is applicable to jobs. Muster the grit and resilience to pick yourself up again.

Fake it until you make it

Unless you’re going to be an astrophysicist, you can grow into most jobs today. When interviewing for jobs, you have to present yourself as bigger than you’re really feeling. Believe in yourself, and sell yourself so someone will take a chance on you.

Think like an entrepreneur

Everyone is her own brand today — people can visit your LinkedIn profile to get an idea of your background instantly.

Take ownership of what you do and position yourself as you want the world to see you. Don’t be squeamish about your accomplishments — self-promote to help cultivate your image, and create opportunities.

Tap into your inner Wonder Woman

Be aware of how you present yourself — when speaking and e-mailing. Today, success is less about your skill set and more about your mind-set.

Seek expert help

Log into sites such as TheMuse.com and talk with counselors who can review your resume. You may need to adapt the language on your resume to the job description.

Develop your female squad

There’s an incredible shift today with a sisterhood of women looking to raise up women. Female networks trying to support other women, such as Ellovest, Levo League, and Tech LadyMafia, exist across all different industries, so tap an online women’s group. There’s real value when people are willing to share resources.

Be multi-qualified

Try online courses to comply with today’s job descriptions, gain working knowledge and get up to speed on skills that you may need more proficiency in.

This will help get you through the door for that all-important interview.

Source:New York Post

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