She started out as a teacher and after a while, was sent overseas with her husband to teach. On her way back, she realized she wanted to change her career path, but didn’t know where to go next.
Her and her friends held degrees in education, but none of them wanted to be an educator any more.
As Genola went through the process of filling out the seemingly never-ending amount of applications for jobs, she knew other people would be having the same issues.
As she and her education friends explored the job market, it became clear that changing career paths wasn’t going to be easy. As her friends started to doubt their ability to change careers, she reminded them of all of the transferrable skills they have. That gave her the inspiration to start her blog and share what she was learning about in the career development world.
so you hate your current job, but don’t know what to do?
I asked Genola what her tips were for anyone in a job they know they don’t want to do, but don’t know what else they can do.
Her advice? Take time for self-reflection and to meditate on it.
I mean, you know I was singing hallelujah to that! 😊
Something she said that I LOVED, “You have the answers within you! There’s just so much noise going on that you can’t hear it.”
She suggested going to a quiet place to self reflect MULTIPLE times! You won’t be able to find anything new about yourself by just doing it once.
Don’t let your limiting beliefs get in the way! If you hear yourself saying, “I can’t invest the money to start this” or “I’m not qualified enough for this”, then it’s up to YOU to change that!
You’re the only one that can change your mind and the way you think.
She says it best,” You can decide to be happy, or you can decide to be miserable.”
if you’re thinking “Alright, I’m going for it but now what?”
Are you about to head into a career path you don’t know anything about? Her suggestion is to start getting exposure! Take free courses about your subject on youtube and start attending local events about your new career path.
A suggestion she has that I love is to start volunteering! If this is an option for the field you want to go into, this is a great way to get exposure. Obviously, it’ll be much easier to get into volunteering with no experience than trying for a paying job.
Then, it’s time to make a plan.
Picture where you want to be in the next six months. Especially if you have responsibilities like a family. Do research in the pockets of time you have.
ok, you quit your job, and start applying for jobs you want
If you’re in the midst of putting in what seems like thousands of applications and you’re starting to feel depresses, take this next part in. I want you to know this; You are NOT alone!!
Genola responds beautifully to this, saying she views each rejection as a reason for a redirection. Meaning, she knows there’s a reason why this seemingly bad rejection is happening now.
She says, “Just giving up is not an option”. And I couldn’t agree more.
If you give up now, then you’ll never really know where you’ll be the most successful. She suggest to keep the grind going and work a part time job in the meantime to have the resources you need.
Keep the vision of what you want in your mind at all times
I like to say, if your head is down and sad, you’re going to miss opportunities that you can’t see. But if you’re ready to receive what you want with your head up and eyes open, it will come!
Genola brought up the GREAT point about envisioning yourself in the position you want. If you’re worrying and only imagine yourself unemployed and in the worst possible outcome, then that’s exactly what is going to happen to you.
But if you’re picturing yourself successful and in the place you want to be with hope, your mind will ultimately lead you there!
how do you nail the perfect interview?
If you have an interview coming up, then you NEED these tips she has for nailing your interview.
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So What about networking?
Humans are designed by nature to be social creatures. Regardless if you’re introverted or extroverted, having the ability to connect with one another is crucial.
Also, you really don’t know who know’s who.
You may meet someone while you network that knows someone else in the field you want to go into!
Try apps like Meetup or Event Brite, and LinkedIn to practice your networking skills!
What about the resumE?
Check out her tips in detail on her Resume tips Ebook.
- Make sure your email is updated with a recognizable email server, like gmail.
- If you have experience, make sure to list that before education
- Take note of the types of language the company uses in the job description and mirror that in your resume.
- Keep your message concise and the information about you relevant to the company
Links from the show
- Genola’s Website
- Genola’s Twitter
- Genola’s Instagram
- Genola’s Facebook
- Imperfection with Intention Facebook Group