The news hit me like a punch: In 4 months, we are out of the country.
Adios Filipino island life, back to Europe.
But WHAT will we do and WHERE? I have been so into this “living the moment” state of mind, drishti hardly a few feet in front of me … With my eyes now wide open, I realize that my little Attilas will soon go to school full day, so the time has come: BACK TO WORK!
I have been out of the workplace for 3 years. I studied quite a lot (thanks Coursera and Edx), did a tiny bit of consulting, and had the chance to become a yoga teacher. How would that fit a resume?
3 years is quite a gap.. How will I compete with the other Communication specialists who have been working around the clock when I was chasing my kids on the beach? What if a recruiter browses my blog and sees how much fun I had while he was working extra hours in his rainy and cold Londonian office? Plus my Linkedin Profile does not say much about any specific skills related to “Corporate Social Responsibility”, the sector I deeply want to work in.
Option 1: forget it. Marcel will find a job at some stage. After being crowned the Cookies Queen/Bread Queen/Vegan food Queen, I can still improve my baking skills I guess? Or totally turn into a desperate housewife/soccer Mum ?
Option 2: find a way. To be really honest, I need to work! I have been missing the intellectual stimulation so much, and I want to promote social change and sustainable development beyond my beautiful circle of family and friends. The US elections woke me up more than they depressed me. It’s time for action, for engagement, to stand actively for the values we believe in (I am an ENFJ, can’t deny it!)
Over the last months, I went from the bottom of the stairs to the fourth step .. Way to go, but at least I eventually moved!
Where to start ?
Getting to appreciate my skills and my interests: Before I start sending any application, I need a vision. Where do I want to go? what for? with which skills?
Volunteering to be hands on
I have reached out to the NGO Rank a Brand to volunteer in their team of rankers. It’s not paid, but I’m getting a lot of valuable technical knowledge in the field of CSR reporting. I recently graduated from an European university in “Communicating CSR” and this experience is a great way to put all I have learnt into practice.
Networking to feel inspired
I feel I need to understand the sector needs better before I can adapt my resume accordingly.
So I am back on Linkedin again, commenting at least 5 posts a week on CSR (a way to start my networking too). I used to hate this platform, with all those professional pictures and fake keywords. But once you start reading interesting posts, engaging in discussions, you start believeing that there is some potential here to make great connections.
I am currently brainstorming a list of 10 people I’d like to connect with : mostly people who work at companies I’m interested in potentially working at. I am also including people who have a job title I am interested in learning more about (“CSR Head of strategy”, “CSR management consultant” “CSR specialist” ..). I’ll use this list read about them, check on their experience and get inspired to tailor my resume to the needs of the industry. Then I ll reach out to them. Once I know exactly what I want to ask them. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
As I never sent any networking letter, I will take the exercise as an interview. Finding out who is behind the title, what they’ve done and which qualities they are looking for when recruiting/working with a communication specialist.
And this is where I need you: your comments, your advices, and a bit of encouragement won’t hurt 🙂
This is the first post of a series I want to write to keep it up with my goals. I am planning to spend an average of 2 weeks per step, and come back to you with the summary of the journey and what’s next.
Yoga to focus, relax and recharge
In the meanwhile, I’ll stop teaching yoga for a little while and only take classes to develop my technical skills. I need to focus on myself, practice sequences that will develop my strenght and flexibility, alternating with more restorative ones to recharge my batteries.
Fine tuning my skills in all fields before I can proudly share them with the rest of the world 😉 Wish me luck and please share your experiences with me.