Recovering from a Career Mess


Robert writes:
I haven’t worked in more than a year and I was fired from my last two journalism jobs. I have no references.
How can I turn this mess around?


The Career Doctor responds:
You can turn your situation around by determining and solving your problem –
or problems. I would guess that journalism is not the career for you but perhaps
you weren’t fired for job-related reasons.
So the first question you need to ask yourself is why were you fired from your
last jobs. Be brutally honest with yourself. Is it because you do not have the
skills to be a journalist or because you shirked your job responsibilities — or worse?
If you truly believe you have the skills and abilities to be a journalist then you will need to go about rebuilding your career. The best method for rebuilding
your journalism career is probably though freelancing or working on the staff of a
small newspaper or magazine…possibly even volunteering your efforts just to get
your foot back in the door.
If you’ve now come to realize that journalism is just not for you then your next
step is to take a long step backwards and take a long hard look at yourself –
examine your interests your abilities and your transferable skills. Research
careers that better suit who you are and what you like doing. Consider volunteering
or temping to get rid of the long unemployment gap.
Finally you’re going to need to work on your job-search skills. Remember that
job-hunting is really a marketing function. You need to package yourself — in your
cover letter resume and during the job interview — as the best candidate for the
position the employer has open. Everything you say and do must express how
you are better than other job candidates. You must overcome the stigma of being
fired — it often shines through — and focus on the positive on the future. Be prepared
to have an answer about how your last jobs ended but don’t dwell on it.
Consider reading my article Getting
Fired: An Opportunity for Change and Growth
.
You might also consider reading this article:
Ten Questions to Ask
Yourself if You Still Haven’t Found a Job
.

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Robert writes:
I haven’t worked in more than a year and I was fired from my last two journalism jobs. I have no references.
How can I turn this mess around?


The Career Doctor responds:
You can turn your situation around by determining and solving your problem –
or problems. I would guess that journalism is not the career for you but perhaps
you weren’t fired for job-related reasons.
So the first question you need to ask yourself is why were you fired from your
last jobs. Be brutally honest with yourself. Is it because you do not have the
skills to be a journalist or because you shirked your job responsibilities — or worse?
If you truly believe you have the skills and abilities to be a journalist then you will need to go about rebuilding your career. The best method for rebuilding
your journalism career is probably though freelancing or working on the staff of a
small newspaper or magazine…possibly even volunteering your efforts just to get
your foot back in the door.
If you’ve now come to realize that journalism is just not for you then your next
step is to take a long step backwards and take a long hard look at yourself –
examine your interests your abilities and your transferable skills. Research
careers that better suit who you are and what you like doing. Consider volunteering
or temping to get rid of the long unemployment gap.
Finally you’re going to need to work on your job-search skills. Remember that
job-hunting is really a marketing function. You need to package yourself — in your
cover letter resume and during the job interview — as the best candidate for the
position the employer has open. Everything you say and do must express how
you are better than other job candidates. You must overcome the stigma of being
fired — it often shines through — and focus on the positive on the future. Be prepared
to have an answer about how your last jobs ended but don’t dwell on it.
Consider reading my article Getting
Fired: An Opportunity for Change and Growth
.
You might also consider reading this article:
Ten Questions to Ask
Yourself if You Still Haven’t Found a Job
.