After 18 months of being without a traditional job, I’ve decided to jump back into the working world. To be frank, the opportunity was too good to pass up. Nevertheless, it feels like starting over, as I am building two businesses doing freelance writing and goal setting coaching.
It got me thinking about persons who were fired or laid off and need to start over too. Or those who decided to take a sabbatical to segue into a different career altogether. Starting over is difficult on so many levels; emotional, financial, and even building effective relationships. You may even start at an entry-level position in a new field. But you’ll find that hitting the reset button on your career has some special advantages.
A clean slate feels amazing
It’s like New Year’s Day or your birthday all over again.
When you start over your career, you get to start things off your way. You can organize your work better. The mistakes you made at your last job no longer haunt you. And you can reinvent yourself the way you always envisioned. If you’re moving into a leadership position, you can do the things you said you would do if you ever became a team leader or manager. A clean slate does amazing things for your mind, in your career and your life in general.
You can leverage old relationships
Despite the position you start off in your new career, the connections from your past can help your present.
You’ll see ways where old relationships help customers and your current job. One of the best ways to show value is to solve big problems or tackle something that’s been plaguing your team or your company. You’d be surprised how a fresh set of eyes like yours can make a connection to a past working relationship that can help fix what's been long broken.
You can create new connections
As in introvert, one of my biggest regrets at my last job was not growing enough relationships, especially with the VPs and CEO. The relationships I made before are solid and I can call on them at any…