Career Transition: For Job Searchers Dealing with Depression Part III

Gail Nicholson Gail Nicholson, MA, LPC
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Gail is passionate about working with individuals who want to explore and connect with a more authentic sense of self as a basis for defining their lives, work lives and roles in the larger community. She offers a blend of personal and career counseling, as she has found that attending to personal issues or mental health concerns can reduce barriers to moving forward. Gail works with clients on defining purpose and direction, handling stress and tackling career exploration, job search and small business start-up.

Happy New Year!  The following suggestions conclude the series, “For Job Searchers Dealing with Depression” by Gail Nicholson, MA, LPC

10.     Reach out and connect with people who might be able to answer your burning questions regarding new career possibilities, or to discuss other worklife concerns. Is there someone you know who could refer you to someone else more qualified to go over your specific career ideas?

This could include ideas, questions and concerns about a whole field, such as education or public service.  Considering something in sales, account management or the non-profit sector?  Something in public health, computers or the emerging social media and journalism?

Creative?  Interested in work abroad?

11.     Structure your time to help with the overwhelming feelings that come with this process.   I learned a technique when I worked for Portland Fred Meyer in the Nutrition Centers of the early ‘80’s.  It’s a time management tool called chunking.  Do like things together, as in washing on Monday evening, shopping on Tuesday.  Create routines for your job search that are in rhythm with existing natural patterns like walking the dog and listening to the news.  Daily and weekly habits are the basis of our lives.  Change them and change your life.  Order combined with the right amount of unstructured time is paradise.

12.    Rein in your perfectionism and desire for certainty and control if it’s creating a roadblock to doing.  Remember that doing well is often a function of practice and experimentation, especially during life and career transition.

13.   Think about what you really want from your life and career, and then consider the moves you are making right now.
Are they in synch with what is most important to you?  Are there any gaps between what you value most and where your time and energy are actually going?  Can you describe those potential gaps specifically? What could you be doing differently that would bring your daily efforts more in line with what you and perhaps you alone, know is best?

In summary, think about what’s really important, give yourself permission to go after it, and find continuous concrete ways to encourage and lift your spirits.  Get organized, find love, create community and follow through step by step to manage overwhelm.  Do your homework; experientially research all current questions, concerns and passions.  Be grateful for what comes your way.  Adjust expectations as necessary; be open to creating alternative work/life styles and structures.  Ever consider a patchwork career?  Cultivate a patient, inquisitive and loving mind.  Celebrate yourself and your relationships.  Enjoy your life!

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One Comment on “Career Transition: For Job Searchers Dealing with Depression Part III”

  1. Troy Breiland Says:

    Great article Gail. #11 on your list seems really important, especially in the US where we are so defined but what we do rather than who we are.

    Reply

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