By Linda Van Valkenburgh, MS, CCMC, CJSS
As the 9/11 ceremonies are observed around the country, I am struck by the strength and resilience that the people of this country exhibited in the throes of this terrible tragedy. To all of those people who lost loved ones, be comforted in the fact that we will never forget and join with you in celebrating the lives of those who perished. To those of you who responded and helped in any manner, we salute your heroism and bravery. Your strength and resolution is what makes this country great.

As I reflect on this somber situation, I want to point out that the strength, resilience and resolve that people have drawn upon to move forward is the same strength, resilience and resolve that must be drawn upon to move a career search forward in these challenging economic times.  In my work as a career coach, I have seen over and over how the shock, fear and disappointment of losing a position can lead a person to serious depression and lack of intertia.  However, just as we did not give up after 9/11, you must not give up in your search. Remember how the country came together to help one another? Well, if you let people know about your career status, in many instances, they will come together to try and help you in whatever way they are able to.  Perhaps they will listen while you read your resume to them in an effort to proofread it. Or, maybe they will be there to listen to you practice your Value Proposition. In some instances, perhaps they will help you with childcare, so you can go on an interview. Or, if things are tight, perhaps they will lend you a suit, tie, shirt or blouse if it is the wrong time to spend money on an outfit or accessories. The possibilities are endless.

What is most important is to remember that when 9/11 happened, we thought we would never get through this and look at us!  I am not going to say that it was all smooth sailing.  However, we worked at it and are here to remember those less fortunate than us.  We have started new organizations to support one another and increase local, community interactions. We made it through and so will you.

As always, if I can help you in search, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] or 203-323-9977.

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