Howdy folks! It’s Betty again – and this time I want to discuss something that we don’t get into in the workshop any more because it’s almost its OWN workshop due to the complexity. That topic is how our relationships affect our positivity.
We can have the best intentions in the world. However, our free will kind of bumps up against everyone else’s free will and sometimes that makes things tough. We know how things should be, and of course, we’re always right. The challenge is that everyone else knows how things should be for themselves, and of course, they are always right too!
It is important to choose your companions carefully when you are in job search mode. Family members and loved ones who have had different experiences of job search will often be frustrated with you for being ‘too picky’ or ‘spending so much time on the computer’. This is not helpful feedback.
Here’s a thought: You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. If that idea caused you to say “ouch”, as it did with me the first time, it might be worth investigating your relationships. It’s also important to note that people will pull you up or down, because you want to be loved and accepted.
Here’s an example or two from my own life; when I entered post secondary (especially the couple of years I spent at university before I changed gears), there was some blowback from my family. They wanted me to have an education, but I think they were afraid I’d outgrow them. As my circle of friends shifted, so did my priorities and my desire to have an impact on the world.
When I started working out regularly, certain people in my friendship group felt like I was “always at the gym” and “never did anything fun any more” and “was so picky about food”. This was in direct contrast to the environment at the gym, where I had people who were inspiring me and encouraging me to do more and embrace a healthier lifestyle.
In many ways the single most healthy thing (physically and emotionally) you can do for yourself while you are job searching is to carefully choose who you spend your time with and how much of your energy you give them.
This isn’t always easy. Sometimes people we love very much are part of the problem, and we may not want to (or be able to) just stop talking to them for a few months! So let me share some tips and tricks that have come up in the workshop for situations where you have to spend time with someone you know is not going to be supportive:
It is important to remember, particularly when you’re getting frustrated, that people giving you advice have the best of intentions. No, good intentions don’t cancel out poor behavior, but bearing that in mind can help you keep your calm.
To quote a friend of mine, no is also an answer. To repeat what I said earlier, no is also a complete sentence. If you know that going to Uncle Jack’s barbeque is going to be a minefield, then you are allowed to say “no, I can’t make it, but thank you for the invitation.”
You are not obligated to explain why. You are not required to apologize, or make up reasons. And if they won’t accept no for an answer, see the very beginning about reassessing how much of your energy you give them right now.
This applies online too. I have a few people I love dearly that I’ve had to mute on Facebook at various points because their behavior is so distracting and destructive that I just need to not hear their rants about various topics for a month, especially conspiracy theories about the job market or the government or any of a number of vague and unhelpful things. No thanks. Have a nice life.
Hopefully you find some of these tips helpful. Be well, stay safe, and remember to look after yourself.
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Happy New Year Mr Robinson
I would like to express my experience that I had when dealing with your professional team at your center which indeed have changed a lot in my job search.
My experience in your center was very rich by the fact that I benefited from guidance services, CV, cover letter, how to pass an interview and Branding statement...etc.
Because of these workshops, I had the pleasure to work with Laurie, Betty, Kristina, John, Judy and Lisa, they were all amazing and very professional.
It is difficult for me to find the exact words to express my gratitude and to thank each member of this great team that you have but, above all, I would like to especially thank Betty for her good work, I was able to get my first job. in Winnipeg plus I got a lot of encouraging feedback from other employers. I also would like to thank Laurie, because of her I was able to understand and have love in what I do and also how to search for future jobs with love.
In short, you guys are simply a magnificent and professional team I have ever worked with.
Thanks again and Happy New Year