This question speaks to me. I know what my intentions are, but more and more I am uncertain of others’ real intentions. It isn't simple to know another person's intentions.
To be ready at all times! Ready for what?! For CHANGE! This pandemic that we are trying to recover from took us all for a surprise. We were not expecting Covid-19 to hit us like it did. We didn't think that our jobs would be affected, the house market would be affected, or the gas prices to be as high as they are now. This experience teaches us all a lesson; to always be ready for change. I am now making better financial decisions, putting a little money away for a rainy day, I'm being riskier with my career because "you only live once" right?! I'm taking the remote/work from home approach to make a living which was the best decision I've made so far during this pandemic. I've also learned how to communicate more effectively being able to express myself. I've had a lot of days where I've felt overwhelmed, and my anxiety got the best of me. I know I'm not alone. :)
Allow me to share some inspiration for us all. Allow me to tell you about 12 hours I spent in a level-2 max security prison.
Do you think people deserve a second chance? No matter what? Cat Hoke of Defy Ventures does. She welcomes inmates with horrible past actions/mistakes to embrace the regret and remorse as catalysts of change, but to shed shame. Shame has no place in a productive today and tomorrow. Shed shame, forgive and accept yourself, and then do the hard, hard work of improvement and preparation. Good lessons for us all I think.
I spent a day with people who were in prison for some abhorrent past actions, including murder. I spent a day with people who were vibrant, positive, engaged, optimistic, warm, kind, hopeful, scared, and hesitant. Many of them do not believe themselves worthy of a second chance. But Cat Hoke helps them see that they do.
Imagine being one of these inmates. Imagine being locked in a level-2 security prison with a few thousand other inmates – many of whom, needless to say, are not all remorseful regretful and looking for positive change. Imagine the intimidation of wondering how to figure out your worklife after lockup. Imagine how hard it must be to figure out how to apply to jobs, to present yourself and interview, or to give an entrepreneurial pitch to a panel of Venture Capitalist sharks, or to simply converse freely with people who have been active in business and life for the 15 years you spent locked in a cell. Now, imagine not just overcoming the fear and intimidation but also actually doing the hard work to succeed in all these challenges. Staggering challenges. And yet, the men with whom I had the pleasure to spend a day with at Valley State Prison did just that. Wow! Respect.
I judged a business pitch competition along with some Vc’s and other volunteers from Silicon Valley. We didn’t just judge. We bared souls too. And there was even some dancing. But mostly we humanized each other.
And they did great. They stood in front of a table of professionals waiting to judge them and they stated their business value prop, their competitive edge, sales/marketing plans, financial numbers, and asked (always remember the ask!) for what they needed – mentoring, investment, etc. They took questions well. They took feedback even better. In short, they impressed. Despite all the anchors to their past, all the challenges of the present and all the intimidation of the future, they impressed. I am so excited for those that get released and how they will succeed (graduates of Cat’s program have just 3% recidivism rate!).
SO HERES THE THING. The future of work is hard for everyone – everyone. But those who take control of their own worklife, keep up with new training, education and skills, and self advocates for better work – Those people WILL succeed. To be in this successful group, you need to let go of emotional anchors from the past, find the energy to do the work in the present and push through any fear and intimidation of the future. If felons with horrible past mistakes can find the path to self-forgiveness, can’t we all? If convicts with no freedom and resources can figure out new skills, can’t we all? If people who don’t interact in free society at all can push through intimidation and fear of the future – and of rejection, cant we all?
Yes, we can!
Yes, I am inspired to do more in my own life on all three aspects – forgive self, find time today, less fear of tmw. So, yes, I do believe in second chances, Cat. And I am inspired by a group of men who all wish they could go back in time and change things. But they cannot. So they don’t waste any more time looking back or dragging shame forward. They focus on being better today. They do the hard work. They don’t get discouraged. That’s a pretty good formula for us all.
I went to prison to help others. I came out of prison being the person who was most helped.
POSTSCRIPT FOR EMPLOYERS: Our society rightly demands punishment for crimes. But, parole is meant to be parole – not another phase of a life sentence. These aren’t just felons and convicts – they are people. And people change. If you do not consider people with past convictions in your hiring process, please consider changing. Not because it helps the 22 million Americans who have past convictions – but because these men and women are an overlooked valuable resource for your talent acquisition strategy. Think of the stamina, strength and passion to overcome these challenges. Now think of harnessing that for your business…
I am so excited to be heading to West Virginia tonight. Anyone who has visited there knows it is a beautiful state (as John Denver knew in his famous song). But did you know that there are some great things happening economically? That the government, with leadership such as with Senator Manchin's office, is working really hard to promote thousands of open jobs there, recruit new industry and businesses and put Government, non-profits and for-profits together to help West Virginia working families? It's true and it's pretty exciting to see commitment like this that crosses boundaries. If you haven't checked out jobs in WV, I suggest you do.
We will be rolling out a section of Jobcase just for WV this week (and already plans under way to keep improving it as we roll into September). I'll post more about it later. But first a question:
What's your favorite thing bout West Virginia? Hopefully some West Virginians can offer some thoughts, but I welcome anyone who has visited there to share as well... #AlmostHeaven #WestVirginia #WV #share #opportunity #StrongerTogether
"Acceptance, denial and conviction prevent understanding. Let your mind move together with another's in understanding with sensitivity. Then, there is a possibility of real communication. To understand one another, there must be a state of choice less awareness where there is no sense of comparison or condemnation, no waiting for a further development of discussion in order to agree or disagree. Above all, don't start from a conclusion." #inspiration #motivation
You’ve just entered the job market or are looking for a change of career but not sure where to start. There are so many different options to look at and it can all seem confusing and extremely daunting. The article is based on my experience working in cooperation with top essay writing service. The best method and I would say that the most successful option would be to do a combination of these options. This way you are covering all bases and leaving no proverbial stone unturned.
My first point of call would be to register with a couple of employment agencies. Do not limit yourself to just the one but don’t go overboard and register with every agency in your area. I wouldn’t recommend registering with more than three as you will start to lose track of who your consultant is for each location.
Treat each appointment with the employment agency as an interview. Take time preparing yourself, make sure you look the part for the type of job you want and be confident. Also, if you only want permanent work, stress that otherwise they make look for temporary work for you as well and that’s just wasting your time and theirs.
Another tip is when registering with an employment agency, if possible register with one that is international. This means that if you decide to travel overseas your file can be transferred with you and makes it easier for you overseas consultant to see what kind of work you have been doing and you shouldn’t have to redo all the testing. Some places might want to update your database, so don’t be surprised if this occurs.
Newspapers are an excellent way to discover what kind of work is out there so you can tailor your skills to suit individual roles. You can see at a glance what jobs are available for the area and what type of work appeals to you. They also show what employment agencies are recruiting which will help you when working out which one’s to approach. The best days for employment ads are in the Wednesday and Saturday papers.
If you see a position in the newspaper that you are interested, telephone the contact person and ask for a copy of the job specification for that position. While you are talking to the contact person, also ask specific questions in relation to the position. Alternatively, ask if you can make an appointment to meet with them and discuss the position. This way it gives you some time to get questions together to help address your application and they will meet with you and form an initial impression. This demonstrates keenness to work and in the position, as well as providing you with a feel for the workplace. You may get a bad vibe from the place and decide not to work there or it may fill you with enthusiasm, which will translate into your application.
The internet is a hive of information. The best thing about internet job search engines is you can search 24/7 for information. You can look at agencies, newspapers and job sites all from the privacy of your own home. Employment agency websites don’t always offer up to date information, such as it may take a couple of days before new vacancies are listed and a position may still be advertised even though it has been filled. Even so, if a position is listed on a website it doesn’t hurt to apply. The worst thing that can happen is the agency has your details and will keep you in mind for similar positions.
Another way of applying for employment is to go to individual businesses online that you think you would like to work for and have a look at their current vacancies. 95% of businesses list their vacancies on their websites as it’s easier and cheaper to list there than advertise in the paper or through an agency. This is also a good way to look at government vacancies as each state has their vacancies advertised online.
If you are just looking for casual work it does pay to look at the noticeboards at the bigger supermarkets or in your local grocery store. Another option is if you are looking for casual work such as ironing, cleaning or dog walking you can put a card up yourself or place an ad in the local paper and wait for the phone to ring.