30: The courageous job hunter: Braving the market in times of uncertainty (COVID SERIES)
In today’s job market and work environment, everything is changing. For professionals in the corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors, almost nothing feels the same and it is challenging to see where we are heading, let alone plan for our careers. To have the courage to face the unknown will be crucial to getting us, as individuals and as a community moving towards our preferred future. So, where can we get our courage from and how do we apply that in our career?
In todays’ episode, I interviewed Dina Pozzo. With more than twenty years of experience in learning and organizational development both locally and internationally, Dina is a highly skilled facilitator and coach. Dina completed a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Melbourne and was trained by Brene Brown as a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator.
In this interview, we address the following questions: What does courage look like during a job search? And in the office? What does being vulnerable has to do with courage? Can you practice "courage" and get better at it? And how can you use your personal strengths to develop courage?
- Courage is an intentional constructive or moral action taken by an individual in the presence of perceived personal risk and uncertainty of outcome (personal or organizational) in order to resolve or avert a workplace issue.
- Sometimes it takes courage to do nothing.
- What I may need courage for, you may not. And vice versa.
- If we stop and think and unpack the past, we can say when we've been courageous in the past, we can say what we did, how we did it, how we felt, who enabled us, all those things.
- Be a courage spotter: When you spot courage in someone else, call it out because that helps build your self-awareness.
- Know that vulnerability is actually a strength.
- BRAVING stands for – Boundaries, Reliability, the Vote, Integrity, Non-judgement, and Generosity.
- If you come back to your values every time when you reach that fork in the road, we know whatever decision that needs to be made is going to be an easier decision to make. I'm not saying it's going to be an easy decision, but it will be easier.
Three questions to reflect on to job hunt with courage:
- How worthwhile is that action?
- How risky is it to apply for that role?
- What action will you take?
Four key skills of courage:
- Rumbling with vulnerability.
- Braving trust
- Living your values
- Learning to rise
Four Character Strengths that sit in the virtue of courage:
- Authenticity and honesty
- Zest or energy