As the seasons begin their process of transformation from summer to fall, naturally I think about transition a lot this time of year. I think of how almost an entire year has come to pass, and I reflect on what this year has meant and the transitions it has brought. This year has been a special year. I have watched several of my co-workers transition into new positions, new promotions, top performers, and rising stars. In their personal lives, I have watched several of my co-workers and loved ones transition into new relationships, new parents, newly engaged, adding additional little ones to their families, and from college students into college graduates (I just spent several months transitioning from a college graduate into a graduate school student).
As a Staffing Assistant for Celebrity Staff, people come to me during their transitional periods to help them get to the next step as they search for employment. I talk with people about transitioning into new opportunities. I talk with people transitioning back into the work force after taking time off; transitioning after completing an education into the work force; and transitioning out of a role that no longer has a clear path of growth causing them to seek a new direction in their career.
Searching for a new career opportunity or even just a new opportunity in general can stir up a lot of unknowns, and I think it is important to always keep in mind the aspects of change that you are in control over. Of course, some change is out of our control but often times the change that we desire is not inevitable. We have to work hard at it. Most of the time, it will involve an element of sacrifice or challenge. We have to make the decision to start seeking employment opportunities. We have to make the decision to start eating better or to exercise more to get healthier. We have to make the decision to ask for a promotion. We have to make the decision to push ourselves out of our comfort zones in pursuit of something better.
Below are some pointers on how to get started with a new opportunity:
Tell people close to you. I tell the team of people I have been blessed with who support me when I have a new idea, a new project, or a new obstacle. I tell these people because they motivate and inspire me, as well as keep me grounded. Also, I know they will give me a little extra confidence to pursue my goals. Change does not seem as daunting when you know your support squad is behind you.
“Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success”.
– Paul J. Meyer
Ask objective parties for feedback. When I was thinking about my transition into graduate school, a turning point on my path was a conversation I had with my close friend’s mother at her kitchen table. There would have been no way to ever know how pivotal that conversation would be to me in the following months of transitioning. Her feedback helped me make educated decisions about what I wanted. Working with a staffing company can also provide you a vital opportunity to seek feedback on your resume, your interview abilities, your skill set, and beyond. We want you to be successful and we want to provide a valuable partnership, so do not hesitate to ask for our feedback.
“If you reject feedback, you also reject the choice of acting in a way that may bring you abundant success”- John Mattone
Be honest. Don’t only be honest with others, but also with yourself. Does this add value to your life? Will this push me beyond my capable boundaries? What kind of support will I require? What does the next step look like? What does this decision mean to me holistically? Is this going to impact my personal life, spare time, physical, or mental health? Does pursuing this create other opportunities or hardships? Do I have time to commit to this pursuit? Having this dialogue with yourself can help better prepare you for the reality of the hard work that goes into changing.“Boundary setting is really a huge part of time management”- Jim Loehr
Take the leap. “ May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears” – Nelson Mandela
Kate started working at Celebrity Staff in 2015 and is a member of the operations team for the Des Moines office as a Staffing Assistant. She has a background in retail and merchant operations working with SMB merchants helping them grow and manage their businesses. Kate attended the University of Nebraska – Omaha and graduated in 2015 with her bachelor of science degree in political science with a concentration in foreign and national security affairs. She currently is in pursuit of her Master of Science degree in negotiation and conflict resolution (M.S NCR) from Creighton University School of Law’s Werner Institute. Outside of her commitments with work and school, she enjoys surrounding herself with her friends, family, and furry family members.