It is magnificent to realize when you are looking for a job that some things are worth holding on to and some things need to be let go. When a person works for a living, whether as an employee, a freelancer or an entrepreneur, from time to time, she will need to look for work. Often long periods of time have passed since the last time a person has been on a job search to the current job search. During the interim, often changes have taken place in the industry. Technology, the passage of time and the changes in culture around the world change what is required and what is acceptable in the workplace. In order to be successful in your search for a job, freelance assignment search or search for clients for your business, you must learn what old habits are worth holding on to and which things need to be let go.
In today’s freelance marketplace, for example, it is important to embrace email and text messaging. While it is true that some people actually still use their phones to talk and have conversations, many use them only for texting and email correspondence. As an entrepreneur, you must realize that customers are becoming increasingly savvy and have made the word “google” a verb they use to verify every claim and statement a company makes. Employees must accept the fact that employers use social media, both to attract customers and to spy on employees. The world is both a larger place and a smaller place at the same time.
When you are looking for work, it is not a good idea to hang your hat on “this is the way we always did it at my old job” as a reason not to embrace change when looking for a new job. It is important to realize that things change and that all changes are not bad. In fact, some new business practices, styles and codes of conduct may be a good thing. It is also important to keep in mind, “the good old days” may have been good for some people, but not all. The world is now a place where one has to consider other people’s feelings, sensitivities and cultures in the workplace. While this may be inconvenient and hard work, it is important to do and a good thing to do.
I am a black woman, so for me, the “good old days” of the 1950’s for example, were not so great for people like me in the workplace. I am glad that employers were forced to let go of racial and sexual prejudices that kept people like me from getting fair opportunities to apply for and receive good job offers in the fields of my choice. Certain work ethics like recognizing one should work hard and strive for excellence is something that should be held on to. When you are looking for work it is important to look at your life, your skill set and your desires and make a realistic and careful determination of what habits, practices and codes of conduct you should hold on to and which ones you should let go.
In conclusion, it is magnificent to realize when you are looking for a job that some things are worth holding on to and some things need to be let go. So, the question for you this magnificent day is, what do you need to let go of in order to get the job you want?
This post was inspired by The Goddess of Small Victories by Yannick Grannec, a novel about brilliant mathematician Kurt Gödel as told from his ex-cabaret dancer wife’s perspective. Join From Left to Write on October 16th as we discuss The Goddess of Small Victories. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.