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Job Hopper Need Not Apply!

It has been some time since I have posted under, ADR, however I have not been without words! I have been publishing and writing for a blog I created: Focus MD Blog for adults, children, providers and others affected by ADHD. Through this there were many things I wrote about that would fit well on ADR so I wanted to share them! Here goes:

I was reading a post on how to explain a bad resume on Additude, which got me to thinking about my work as a recruiter, job coach and manager. Those who know me understand I have a no excuse attitude and high expectations. In return for those sometimes difficult to swallow charecteristics I offer help and support for those who are committed to solving problems. I have written a number of different posts on what recruiters look for in resumes and attidudes that will kill you in a job and job search and I have even written about job hopping but not from the persepctive of having ADHD.

There is a reason for that – ADHD is not an excuse, just like a death in your family, taking care of an ill parent, going on maternity leave, being downsized, getting into a car accident, the list can go on forever. These may be some of the reasons a person might be out of work, but they are not what is keeping you from your successful new job.

Most adults with ADHD know what problems or issues they have: can’t pay bills, can’t keep a job, can’t keep a relationship, etc…

What are the reasons for these issues?

What was YOUR role in these issues? What might you have done differently?

Hindsight is 20/20 so use it

Seriously, get out a pen RIGHT NOW and write down why you either don’t have a job or have lost your job in the past.

DO IT

I am actually not going to finish this post because I know you. We’ve met in a former life. You want to go straight to the answer without putting in the effort and I am not letting you go there, yet. Complete the task and I will get back with you soon.

Back to School Time: Out of Work By Choice or By Chance, Lessons for You

I must be in teacher mode this week, maybe it is all of the tax commercials and back to school supplies?

I was reading a post the other day from a colleague of mine, Hannah Morgan the Career Sherpa, where I was nodding in agreement the entire post. She was writing about pushing forward even though it is so hard to do and that life is about simple choices. That there is a grieving process that happens when you loose your job, even if it is by choice. I chose to leave my job for a chance at love and a different lifestyle and it was difficult but you have to be disciplined. Was it hard to give up networking several times a week, volunteering with a wonderful group of HR professionals, making change happen, creating connections? YES! Working 65+ hours a week, being on call at a moments notice, putting out fires? sometimes…

When you are out of work, if you were fired or downsized, people look at you and feel guilty for having a job, they also don’t really know what it is like to be out of work or to look for a job. My biggest, most important piece of advice I ever gave anyone, especially those who were working and looking to leave, was that it is easier to find a job when you have a job. This for you right now might mean taking or staying in some “mediocre, entry level, I would never do that” (your thoughts, not mine) job.

IT IS EASIER TO FIND A JOB WHEN YOU HAVE A JOB. WHY?

  1. You dress better (even if you work in fast food, you are in a uniform that is clean when you start)
  2. You are naturally more engaged in the outside world (you have no choice you are in it and not held up in your house)
  3. You have things to talk about with your friends, family and your significant other beyond your search
  4. You HAVE confidence even if you aren’t in your field of choice, you gain confidence because you are able to contribute
  5. You are forced to manage your time again, which means you prioritize, which means you are thinking like a business person
CREATE A TO DO LIST EVERY DAY.
  1. The day gets ahead of you. It gets ahead of all of us, but you are on a timeline.
  2. You have household chores to accomplish and job search work. You need to split your time appropriately
  3. Schedule free time for you, you’ll feel less guilty if it is planned and won’t steal it from the time that you should be spending on job search (or chores)
  4. Get outside. Now is a great time of year to go to the farmers market as part of your grocery shopping. Weed your yard. Just breath some clean air and be grateful for your day.
  5. Do something athletic every day for a minimum of 30 minutes. Yoga, Basketball, a walk around the block (at least 1 mile).
  6. Complete #5 by 9am (that means starting no later than 8:15am)
  7. Research 5 companies every week that are within 1 hour of your current place of residence
There is so much great advice out there for you, but you are the only person who can put it into action, so go do something!

We all have dreams…

…deciding to grasp on to one and see it through is an entirely different story! That is where I am at this exact moment in time. My parents, baby boomers, started at their jobs as teenagers and have worked their way into management/senior positions and are living the dream of their generation (sort of). I am a Gen X’er who went to college as prescribed to my generation, as a way to get ahead and move more quickly up the ladder, which I did with great success, but with hard work, long hours and paying my dues. My sister, a Gen Y brat (kidding, sort of) went to college, and although she had the opportunity to start at the bottom and work her way up, like many of her generation, decided that the ladder is longer than we as a society had prepared her for and is frustrated.

No matter what generation you are I know you are frustrated, but how do we channel this into something bigger than the moment we are in today? How do we move past working long hours to have balance and does balance mean weakness or that we are slackers?

The solutions or at least the bits and pieces to get your brain moving are on there way; can you relate?

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