Be Proactive: You don't have to stick with the way it always was

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Getting stuck in a rut isn’t fun whether it is a figurative rut or driving through muck. You know if you are stuck in a rut when you are driving but what about in your career or job search?

Technology is changing faster than even I can keep up. During my recent family and computer challenges, I lost connection to things a bit and the next thing I knew, Google+ was everywhere.

I work with people who want to change their career on a daily basis which means I need to keep up with technology changes and networking opportunities so I can teach my clients the best ways to find their next position in this challenging economy.

I see people horrified by information coming from CNN and other news sources that list statistics like:

Hiring and the mood among small business owners continued their downward spiral, according to survey results from an industry group.

The survey found that only 11% of small businesses expect to add jobs in the next three months, which is down from 13% in May, compared to 16% in April and 18% in March, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.

CNN Money reporter Catherine Clifford said the above in Small businesses pessimistic about the future.

But there are two ways to look at this information. One is to react with horror and yell the sky is falling and the other is to become proactive, seek the best resources, and the best partners to help you overcome some of the challenges and get out there and try.

I really am not a sky is falling kind of person. Perhaps that is because no matter what the economy has been in my lifetime, I have faced challenges. As a small business owner for almost 30 years, I have rolled with a lot of punches.

You can’t ignore the need to do things differently either. You might think you are ahead of the game because you got out there and are using online applications instead of the mailbox at the Post Office. But if you are waiting for a call, you could wait forever. Always follow directions but when you finish applying online or even before, figure out where your connections are that can get you in the door. You think you have no connections but active participation in online and real life network will surprise you. Our world is smaller than ever before.

How do I know this? My clients are still getting jobs in this doom and gloom economy. Read the success stories and votes of confidence and let’s work together to get you UNSTUCK!


  1. Karen Swim on July 12, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Julie, I love your approach and attitude! I am a huge advocate of creating your own reality. It does no good to wring our hands or point fingers at companies, the government, or the economy. A proactive approach and great attitude are a winning combination in any economy. There really is something to making lemonade out of lemons.

    • Julie Walraven on July 12, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Karen, and thanks to Google + for making you more visible to me. We do appear to be kindred spirits. Here’s to lemonade!

  2. Monali Parmar on July 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Great article Julie! Job seekers must to do things differently…waiting for a phone call or not following up are not going to get them hired! Candidates need to be proactive and use their personal and online networks in every possible way. It is indeed a smaller world now and social media is giving us the opportunity to connect faster.

    • Julie Walraven on July 12, 2011 at 9:43 am

      True enough, Monali! I will always push clients to proactive rather than reactive. Those connections can easily build relationships impossible a few years ago.

  3. Bridget Haymond on July 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I agree Julie! I’d rather step outside of my comfort zone and be proactive, than get swept away and left behind. Great post as always 🙂

    • Julie Walraven on July 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      You got it, my friend! Sometimes it can be tough to leave that comfort zone but when you do, the joy can be immeasurable!

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