What Are You Saying About Your Career?


It’s nearly the end of the year and by now most people have counted themselves out. They’ve reached the conclusion that there is no way that their goals (career or otherwise) will be achieved this year, so they’ve checked out and started thinking about 2018. But reminder…


If you’ve caught yourself saying any of the following, this message is for you:

1.     No one is hiring this time of year

2.     I just can’t take any more rejection

3.     I don’t know what more I can do, I’ve tried everything

4.     I just can’t afford that

5.     No one is willing to help me

6.     No one can see my value. All they see is ________.

7.     It’s a shame no one cares about all the experience I bring to the table

I could go on and on, but you get the gist. Now, let me give you some truth to combat the falsehoods you’ve convinced yourself of.

1.     Actually, the holiday season is a remarkable time of year for hiring activity. Some businesses intentionally slow down around this time and that allows time to map out business needs for the upcoming year. Hiring actually peaks around December and January.

2.     Rejection is hard, but perhaps instead of viewing a “no” as rejection…try to see it as crisis averted. You don’t want to be in/at a place where your skills aren’t valued and you are not accepted.

3.     If you haven’t talked to me yet, you have not tried everything. Typically, a free 30-minute consult can help rejuvenate you and re-ignite your energy for your search. Reach out to me (click here) or an expert in the area you’re struggling with before you call it quits.

4.     If I had a dollar for every time someone said they can’t afford something (that they absolutely needed), I’d have like $50,000. The bottom line is we invest in what we deem a priority. Whatever investment(s) you need to make, understand the nature of investing is to give you a return.

5.     Stop…people are willing to help. But they expect you to do your part. Don’t ask people to pass along your resume when you haven’t even proofread it. It’s full of errors and typos, but you want them to stick their necks out for you? Get honest with yourself and self-evaluate.  Phone a friend/accountability partner to get clear about how you may be standing in your own way. Check out this article for more insights on why you’re not being referred.

6.     Sometimes ignorance exists in the decision-making process.  Consider yourself lucky to not be called in to work for someone who, if not for their desperation, would have otherwise chosen someone else. Focus on your skills and what you bring to the table. The right person in the right time will see your value and not measure you against stereotypical biases.

7.     We do care about your experience, but it is your job to know that we mostly care about your recent, relevant experience. If you’re stilling holding on to your flagship project from the early 80’s, then we may have a problem. What have you done lately? Focus on that!

Keep gratitude in your heart during this season of Thanksgiving and keep these scriptures in your mind as you set out to change the words you’re speaking over your life, career, and other situations you may be facing right now.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue…Proverbs 18:21

I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life… Deuteronomy 30:19


Written by Brenda M. Cunningham: The one who will tell you like it is and help you get to where you want to be in your career. Click here to schedule a complimentary consultation. pushcareermanagement.com