Up Cycle Your Old Resume to Get the Most in a New Career Focus

Up Cycle Your Old Resume to Get the Most in a New Career Focus

“Use your past to create your future with purpose and intent” – Michelle Raz

 Take Action

Go search for your resume on your computer, or grab the most recent copy sitting on your desk.

Now, sit down, and take a close look at it. You’re not looking at it to revise or update it. You’re examining it closely to see if the jobs you’ve done in the past are really what you’re most interested in doing and what kind of work you’re best suited for.

When you’re looking for a job, knowing what has gone well and what hasn’t in a job from the past will help you make the best decision about which job to apply to next. It gives insight into what types of work you would enjoy the most and which you would perform the best at.

Now, settle back with your resume and maybe a notepad and pen to make some notes. This activity can help you avoid being one of the 51 percent of the 100 million full-time workers in the US who don’t feel like they are really connected to their jobs or one of the 16 percentwho resent their jobs and complain to colleagues all the time.

Read Each Job Title.

Ask yourself whether you liked each particular position you’ve held. Were there aspects of it that got you excited about doing the work? What parts of it didn’t you like?

Also, ask yourself if each job matched your personality. Did it mesh well with how you like to work?

Consider the Job Environment and the Position Itself.

Did the working environment work for you?

What factors about the job or the working environment led you to quit or leave?

What job duties did you particularly excel at? Which ones were more challenging to you?

Now, Dig a Little Deeper.

Consider whether each position matched the values that you hold now. Embrace the fact that you may have changed over the years in what you think is important for your life.

If a job didn’t match your values, how did it go against them?

Think about what made you excited to get to work at each job. Those are the parts of the job that you want to look for in a new position.

Analyze what you most definitely did not get excited about at work. Did you get bored? Those are the aspects of a job you want to avoid in a job search.

With the information you can garner from looking more closely at your resume, you’ll be empowered to search for a job that matches your particular needs and desires for your work. When you get a job you’re excited about doing, you’re more likely to be successful and enjoy yourself while on the clock.

Take your notes with the new insights and work your resume around what did work for you and what you want to have more of in your next job. Highlight the areas that are important to you in your newly up-cycled resume and the right employer match will pick up on your assets. It just may help you create the work environment you truly desire for yourself.

No more dead-end jobs that you are just doing to get by until the “right one” comes along.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

5 Career Advantages You Get By…. Volunteering

5 Career Advantages You Get By…. Volunteering

Volunteer Your Way To A Career

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” – Aristotle

Whether you’re an experienced employee seeking a new career, or about to enter the workforce without a clear idea of your ideal profession, you can’t go wrong by volunteering.

Seriously…

Volunteering may not directly pay the bills, but have you ever thought about volunteering your way into a career that you’ll love?

Because let’s face it:

It’s 2019, and simply sending out your resume for just any old job that looks interesting isn’t going to cut it.

But don’t worry.  I’m about to let you in on an untapped strategy secret: the power of volunteering as part of your career development.

Here are five high-value, low-risk advantages to help you discover your ideal career through volunteering.

The Fabulous Five Advantages

1.   Expand your networking: not only will you meet an entirely new group of people as a volunteer, usually you’ll be in a friendly environment without a lot of pressure. This frees you to relax and be yourself with people who share your interests. You can make more meaningful connections, and have more genuine conversations, than are sometimes possible at formal networking events.

2.   Discover your volunteer personality: the more you understand yourself, the better you can home in on a volunteer opportunity that will help you discover your dream career. A good place to start is with the Myers-Briggs test. You’ll discover your strengths, your communication and learning styles, and the type of training you may need for the career you desire.

3.   Receive free training: And speaking of training, when you volunteer you have the opportunity to receive free training that may otherwise cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. If your idea of volunteering has been limited to stuffing envelopes or answering phones, good news! You could learn how to design a website, manage a project, or become a top-notch fundraiser. The list is endless.

4.   Get early access to employment openings: because you’ll be a part of an organization that’s hiring, you’ll have become known to a group of people as someone reliable and competent. When job openings become available in your organization (or one in its network), you’ve got people who will vouch for you. Employers often go with someone known to them, even over someone who on paper is more qualified, so you’ll have a definite advantage.

5.   Test your purpose: Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste and experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.” If you already know your life purpose, excellent! What better way to put it to a test than to volunteer in the field you’ve chosen? And if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to discover your purpose, there are ways to uncover it so you can learn which organizations might be a good fit for your talents and passion. When you infuse your life purpose into your chosen volunteer work – well, look out, world, you’re going to be on fire!

See how volunteering can propel you down the path to your ideal career? Yet it’s often overlooked by people when they are deciding on a profession.

Over To You

If you spend a significant amount of time wondering “I’m not sure if this is the right career choice! What if I hate it?”, I feel you.

Choosing a profession is a huge commitment. You can’t afford to take a shot in the dark, fingers crossed, hoping for the best.

There are so many different organizations with a wide variety of opportunities within them, you may find to your surprise that it’s hard to choose because of the abundance. And isn’t that a lovely spot to be in?

Give your choice a chance without risking everything. Even if you realize you made a mistake, the worst that’s happened is you’ve given up some of your time and effort and probably made a few friends on the journey.

But along the way you’ve made a difference to someone else’s life. You’ve gotten to know yourself better.

Volunteering extra bonus benefit: Actively being a good person and making a positive impact in your own life and many others!

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

7 Interventions for ADHD

7 Interventions for ADHD

7 Intervention Strategies For Help With Your ADHD

ADHD can be the chain holding you back from your success in life.

Some nights you lay awake at 3am wondering what more you can do to optimize your success. Surely there are other strategies that can help with ADHD?

You’ve been using self-help strategy after self-help strategy to give yourself the best possible advantage. Maybe you’ve even noticed an improvement in your symptoms.

But deep down, you know it’s not quite enough and wonder what else is out there to help.

Here are seven intervention strategies for you to consider. Some you can do on your own; some require a professional or a prescription.

The Transdiagnostic Interventions

Transdiagnostic intervention is a fancy term for a single treatment that applies to and is effective for multiple disorders rather than just one.

Five of the seven strategies I’ve laid out here fall into the transdiagnostic category, which is especially helpful if you’ve got more than one disorder. For example, if you also have an anxiety disorder – like many people with ADHD do – these treatments will help with that too.

Here are the first five:

  1. Nutritional intervention: because there’s evidence that deficiencies of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) could be related to ADHD, supplementing your diet with a combination of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids could help improve your ADHD symptoms. Although better results have been observed with children and teenagers, this treatment also holds promise for adults.

 

  1. Cognitive retraining: cognitive retraining programs focus on building specific skills like attention, problem solving, or reading comprehension. Your skills are improved by games and exercises. Most modern brain training programs use video or computer game formats, while some in-person programs use physical games or worksheets. You can find helpful do-it-yourself cognitive retraining tools online, or you can consult a professional.

 

  1. Brain stimulation interventions: one that shows promise is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of ADHD. The second is transcranial direct current stimulation, another non-invasive, painless brain stimulation treatment in which direct electrical currents are used to stimulate specific parts of the brain. These must be administered by a trained professional.

 

  1. Psychotherapeutic interventions: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to have significant benefits for ADHD. CBT exercises for adult ADHD include training in time management, prioritization, organization, problem solving, motivation, and emotional regulation. You’ll need to work with a cognitive behavioral therapist.

 

  1. Yoga, mindfulness, and meditation-based interventions: these interventions had a statistically significant effect on the outcomes of ADHD symptoms such as hyperactivity and inattention, as well as executive functioning and on-task behavior. You can find a wide variety of training for all three of these modalities both online and offline.

 

Pharmacological Interventions

Pharmacological interventions are the first line of treatment of adult ADHD and have definite benefits in the short term; however, less is known about either the long-term benefits or risks of these medications. Keep this in mind if you need sustained treatment.

  1. Stimulants: stimulant medications are the most common type of medicine used to treat ADHD. They work by increasing the availability of certain chemicals in the brain, causing the brain pathways to work more effectively. Stimulants are commonly prescribed for a reason: they lessen ADHD symptoms in 70 percent to 80 percent of people who take them. But some people – maybe even you – experience bad side effects. Which takes us to the final of seven treatments on this list.

 

  1. Non-stimulants: there are several options of non-stimulates including ADHD-specific drugs, blood pressure medication, and antidepressants. Non-stimulants don’t tend to cause agitation, sleeplessness, or lack of appetite like stimulants do. They also don’t pose the same risk of abuse or addiction. You’ll need a prescription for these, same as for stimulant medications.

 

Give Yourself An Extra Advantage

You’re determined to succeed at your goals and not let ADHD hold you back.

You’ve already shown that you’re open to trying different strategies to give yourself an advantage; to succeed despite your ADHD

Now that you have this extra knowledge, see which of these seven intervention strategies might give you an added advantage.

Free yourself to get on with your goals!

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

ADHD Keeping You From Landing That Perfect Job?

ADHD Keeping You From Landing That Perfect Job?

Undiagnosed ADHD Could Be Keeping You From Landing Your Dream Career!

What if I told you your undiagnosed ADHD stands between you and your perfect job?

You’d think I’m crazy, right? ADHD is overused as an excuse. You just haven’t found your ideal job yet; that’s all. Besides, your current job is a nightmare. Who wouldn’t be disorganized in such a terrible place?

Sure, you have trouble getting to work on time, but it’s just because you’re unmotivated.

Because there’s no way you have ADHD.

Or is there?

Spotting ADHD In Yourself

Spotting ADHD in kids is pretty simple. But for adults, the symptoms are more subtle. Whereas, for example, kids may bounce off the walls, you’re restless. You can’t relax; even so, you’re surprised when people describe you as edgy or tense.

Are you one of those people who is forever late? No matter how hard you try, you just can’t get organized and out of the house on time.

While you’re driving, already tense because you know you’re late again, you’re more likely to drive erratically or speed.

ADHD in adulthood is equally prevalent in both men and women. It  can be something you struggled with throughout your life or after an illness or trauma event – physical or mental.

Take The First Step

First, if you suspect you might have ADHD that’s interfering with your ability to have your dream career, I encourage you to take one of the free online tests that’s available.

While the test won’t take the place of an official diagnosis, it’s something you can do in the privacy of your own home as a first step toward discovering what’s going on with you.

You’ll be asked questions such as:

●     How often do you make careless mistakes when you have to work on a boring or difficult project?

●     How often do you have trouble wrapping up the final details of a project, once the challenging parts have been done?

●     How often do you have difficulty getting things in order when you have to do a task that requires organization?

But note that your answer to any one of the questions doesn’t indicate you have ADHD, which is why getting an assessment by a qualified professional is important. An accurate assessment is a more complex undertaking than an online test.

The Power of Knowledge

If you receive a diagnosis of ADHD, take heart. You have newfound knowledge that will help give you accurate guidance toward your ideal career, much like an updated GPS will get you to your correct destination.

Though many helpful career aptitude tools exist, the most common test used to help people identify strengths and weakness in different categories is the Differential Aptitude Test (DAT). This online test will help you understand why you do well or struggle in certain areas. Not only can the DAT help to identify your aptitude, it can show how you best apply your aptitude.

Dig In to Get a Perspective

Receiving a diagnosis of ADHD as an adult can be a profoundly unsettling experience.

You may feel ashamed.

Like there’s something wrong with you.

Or you may feel relieved. Finally, you have some answers.

You might feel angry, because you wish you’d had this information years ago. Your life would have been so much easier if only you’d known about your ADHD sooner. You would have made more informed choices. Let yourself off the hook for those times you felt freakish.

When you’re overcome with emotion, remember that you don’t have to go through this experience by yourself.

Seek help – a supportive friend; a therapist; or a coach can be invaluable for learning the many strategies out there to help you manage the weaknesses that come with having ADHD. There may be some advantages with the diagnsosis that can help you; like an incredible drive that helps get things done on tight deadlines. This could be a great value in a high demanding job requiring periodic pushes to meet timelines.

Be Happy For The Clarity and Go After That Job!

While you might at first be upset to discover you have ADHD, I encourage you to reframe your diagnosis in a positive light.

Now you have detailed knowledge to move forward and identify a career you’ll love; one that’s suitable for you in your wholeness that includes a diagnosis of ADHD.

You won’t be stuck in a job that doesn’t fit you and feeling like a failure because you just can’t seem to get it together.

Instead, you’ll free yourself to thrive in a profession that supports all of your talents and qualities with adjustments to your day to day actions to help manage your ADHD.

You’ll feel more satisfied with your life in mere knowing of your diagnosis and begin to identify the next steps to working with your ADHD and not against it anymore.

Once you face it and embrace it, landing that perfect job can happen!

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

Sleep on It For a Brighter Day

Sleep on It For a Brighter Day

Brain Fog, ADHD and Sleep

I wish I could sleep… but my ADHD kicks in and well basically, one sheep, two sheep, cow, turtle, duck, Ol McDonald had a farm…

“I am having an ADHD Day…”

There are some days that you are so productive and you champion through everything like superwoman with laser focus and unbound energy. Then there are those days you are NOT and nothing seems to get done.

What makes these days so extreme?

Sleep Deprivation is a huge factor for someone with ADHD……

You toss, you turn, you stare at the numbers slowly changing on your clock.

Get up. Drink a glass of water.

Lay down. Stare at the ceiling. Turn on some soothing music.

Get up. Pace around.

Fall asleep minutes before the alarm goes off, shattering what sleep you did get.

Drag yourself to the kitchen, gulp coffee, head to work.

But you can’t focus. Your brain is so foggy even a lighthouse couldn’t warn you away from danger.

And the worst part?

You know tonight’s probably going to be the same which in turn causes anxiety making you more awake and unable to relax into a deep sleep.

A Common Complaint

ADHD is widely known to be associated with disturbed or disordered sleep. It’s the number one most common complaint by people who have ADHD; up to 80% of adults are estimated to suffer from sleep disorders.

You may find it takes you a long time to fall asleep; then, when you do, you sleep only for short periods.

A growing body of research shows that ADHD may fall into the category of what’s called Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders, defined as when people “are unable to go to sleep and awaken at the times commonly required for work and school as well as social needs.”

Which all adds up to foggy brain, perpetual grogginess, and even nodding off during the day.

Drugs Don’t Help. Or Do They?

That stimulant drug you were prescribed for your ADHD may be contributing to your disordered sleep by winding you up before bedtime.

Or not, because some of them, paradoxically, calm people with ADHD by alleviating their symptoms.

Practices For a Better Night’s Rest and Brighter Day

Feeling frustrated yet? Although the links between ADHD and sleep disorders are complex, there are some steps you can take to get clear about how to address your sleep problems.

Here is a list you can use:

  • Exercise daily
  • Set and maintain a regular bedtime and waking time schedule (yes, even on weekends)
  • Avoid caffeine after midday
  • Avoid nicotine and alcohol close to bedtime
  • Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool
  • Use a fan or humidifier to create soothing white noise
  • Make your bedroom an electronics-free zone
  • Wear a sleep mask to block out light
  • Stop eating several hours before bedtime
  • Establish a relaxing routine at the end of your day. This signals you it’s time to wind down.

When you use these practices, you’re taking positive steps toward improving your sleep, especially your ability to progress to the deep levels that repair the day’s wear and tear. reducing or even eliminating your brain fog, and increasing your energy.

Sleep isn’t passive. Ongoing sleep issues can adversely affect your health.

It’s a Complicated Relationship

To further add to the complexity, the relationship between ADHD and sleep disorders is a little chicken-and-egg. Which came first? Research has shown that while ADHD may cause sleep problems, sleep problems may in turn cause or even mimic ADHD.

One thing is clear: sleep problems can severely impact your ADHD symptoms, and vice versa.

Productive Days ahead

Now you know why you’ve had your head in the clouds!

Scarcely able to add two plus two and get four. Straining to keep your eyes open through the day. Falling into bed exhausted but wired, willing sleep to come while you stare into the darkness. Worried you might get fired from your job.

Let’s face it: sleep has profound implications for your health, life and career.

And now that you have this information, you can take action to improve your sleep.

You’ll clear the fog from your brain and be able to think more clearly. Feel more energetic and more optimistic having more of those super productive days where everything flows and you feel accomplished!

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

#ghosted….How To Take Advantage At Your Job

#ghosted….How To Take Advantage At Your Job

#ghosted….How To Take Advantage At Your Job

That’s really a thing now!

“People who ghost are primarily focused on avoiding their own emotional discomfort and they aren’t thinking about how it makes the other person feel.” – Jennice Vilhauer, Psychology Today

Workplace Ghosting Helps You Stand Out

11:00 a.m. and her desk is empty. Usually she’s in by 9:00.

By 1:00 p.m., the vacant desk has become like the elephant in the living room. Everyone knows what’s going on, but nobody’s yet been willing to say so out loud.

At the end of the workday, you gather up your belongings and head home, knowing the desk won’t be occupied tomorrow either. Because she ghosted.

Your co-worker quit without a word.

Amazing, isn’t it? That someone with a decent job would simply disappear.

But they did….They ghosted their job

Ghosting by employees is on the rise.

People stop showing up for work without warning. They fail to appear for a job interview they committed to, and are never heard from again. Or they accept a job offer then vanish.

Some people ghost because they want to avoid an uncomfortable conversation. Social media has undoubtedly contributed to the ghosting phenomenon: people feel distanced    from others; have fewer authentic connections; and fail to completely grasp the effect of their actions.

When, for example, you dash off an angry email or flame someone on Facebook, you never have to deal with their very human reactions. Over time, this can desensitize you and cause your empathy to degrade.

But ghosting also represents a shift in the balance of power from employers to employees. A tight labor market favors job-seekers, who have endured years of being treated by employers as a commodity.

As well, prospective employers have been ghosting job candidates for so long that it’s become almost acceptable. At least employees think ghosting is fine for them now too; the HR firm Clutch in 2018 found that “ More than 40% of job seekers say it’s reasonable to ghost companies during the interview process, abruptly cutting off communication when they decide not to pursue a job.”

But You Can Be A Stand-Out

When your co-worker ghosts, you have an opportunity to shine. To be clear, this doesn’t mean you bash the person who’s ghosted as a means of sucking up to your boss. But there are steps you can take to reinforce your standing:

○     Show empathy; sometimes you simply need to listen and express your support for your teammates and your boss, who are likely to be experiencing a range of emotions.

○     Be proactive; suggest how the work left behind by the ghosting person could be re-assigned and effectively completed, for example.

○     Take time for self-reflection; you’re probably experiencing your own reactions and need some time to settle.

I believe workplace ghosting can leave a trail of agitation and fear in its wake. If you can be the one to stand firm and calm others, you’ll distinguish yourself as a leader in the workplace.

Elevate Yourself With These Tips

Given the rise of ghosting, your current or prospective employer may feel cynical or suspicious. Since you don’t want to be viewed as a potential ghosthere’s what you can do to ensure your integrity is intact:

○     Keep your job interview commitments. If you agree to show up, then let nothing short of an emergency keep you from being there. If you must change your plans, communicate so clearly and suggest a couple of other dates and times that you’re available. Be willing to work with the interviewer’s schedule.

○     Show up for work at the time and place you’ve committed to. Even if you hate your job. Even if you found one you like better. Show up and give your notice. Or if you’re staying home sick, call in and say so. Don’t leave anyone guessing your whereabouts.

○     If you accept a job offer, then decide you’d rather bow out, call and say so. Yes, it will feel uncomfortable, but you don’t have to go into a long detailed explanation. You can simply say thanks, and I’ve changed my mind.

○     Always do your best, as Don Miguel Ruiz says in his powerful book The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide To Personal Freedom. “Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.”

Committing yourself to these actions shows you’re a professional who values herself and others.

Take a No Ghost Stance

 At some point during your professional life, you may decide to quit a job or turn down one you initially thought you wanted. These decisions are common.

And yes, having a conversation with your boss or prospective employer can be uncomfortable.

But you’re a person of integrity.

When you stand firm in your integrity, you grow your self-confidence as a serious professional.

So make a vow to yourself not to ghost and elevate your career.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.