Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Keeping your skills updated

It is important to keep your skills updated during the time you are laid off. There are so many opportunities to volunteer and take some classes to make yourself continue to be marketable during this economic downturn.

As things start to get better, you can add your new skills to your resume and maybe even demand more money. This process can also help you to remain upbeat and optimistic about the future. Think about it and give it a try.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Finding Meaningful Work

In this tough economic times, it may seem like choosing a meaningful job or career may be impossible, but I personally don't believe it is. I believe that it is important to know what your values and goals are in order to find a career that you can be passionate about. Let's face it, many people have to work for a living to afford their basic needs (housing, food, clothing), but there is another need that sometimes get missed and that is the need to be as happy as possible in a career.

We normally work at our jobs for 8 or more hours. If you dislike your job, what does being unhappy for 8 hours a day for 5 years or more do to the spirit? The result cannot be very good which is why I stress really asking yourself what you want when looking for the next position. What do you value? What is meaningful work to you? When you really search and ask yourself these questions, they can be revealed to you. Making what you want to happen will take a lot of faith and courage to take a risk but if you finally get what you want, it will be worth it. Just a little food for thought.