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Avoid Being the Victim to a Bad Economy

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard my career coaching clients complaining about how tough the job market is. And actually it’s not just them – it’s all over the place in the media. We hear about how competitive and hard it is to find a decent paying job. Yes, it is easy to complain and focus on negativity. But does that really get you anywhere?

I came across a great article from FOX Business title “The Job Market is Tough, But Sometimes, Failure is a Choice.”

In this article the writer shares a story about a local café he sometimes visited. It was run by a group of young people who he had witnessed lacking in their efforts and responsibilities for the business. As a customer he experienced poor service, a messy café and the owners slacking off in front of customers. When he asked why they had shut down after only a short time they said that it was because of the economy. He saw it differently.

I especially liked this part of his article: “Every recession has its shining stars and there are always opportunities. Stars are the ones who took charge of their careers and genuinely committed themselves to being successful. Whether you are a business owner, manager, or individual contributor, failure is often a choice.”

I think his tips and points are excellent. Remember that you are responsible for you. You need to take personal responsibility for your job search, your career and the direction it’s going. Don’t waste your time and energy blaming external forces and other factors. Be your own shining star!

Here’s to having a career you love!

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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