When Focus Meets Determination

posted by WMC

My favorite part of my role as a recruiter and coach is that I often meet people who are in-between jobs or in roles that are just not inspiring to them. They often come to see me to get help on finding the ideal role, a cry for a change, a little inspiration, a desire for a different life, etc.. They are in search of that answer which lets them know that it can be possible. Yes – your ideal role can be a reality. It’s not that I am always the holder of those opportunities, but that I make them believe it is possible.

Don’t we all want that for so many aspects of our lives! To believe it can happen?

More often than not, for the better part of the last 14 years, I have heard.. “yes but…” and fill in the blank with any of the following: I am overqualified, underqualified, too old, too young. I don’t have the right background. That is not possible. I have family limitations. They want Canadian experience. They want industry experience. My old boss said I would never make it. They want….” – often followed by a very limiting statement.

Though sometimes those statements are true. Often it is not. It still does not mean you can not find that ideal role. It’s just not with this company. Still worth a try, no? Rather than squeeze into a role that’s not a fit, why not spend the time to find the role that is.

I often tell them to keep focusing and believing in their worth. We talk about the things they do naturally and what they gravitate to without effort. We talk about where they have struggled and where the roles have either depleted them or uninspired them. I often hear of leaders who have thought less of them or of performance reviews which have completely depleted them, discouraged them and made them feel unappreciated. Sometimes these experiences are 10-15 years ago (perhaps a moment in time) and yet they still carry these thoughts with them. Or it may be a statement that was made in passing that wasn’t meant to have the impact that it did.

But… it is the perfect reason for someone to lean on. Perfect reason not to try.

As an HR consultant who has implemented such programs for clients across industries, I know how hard they are to roll out. How much leaders often stress about those conversations. How performance review processes are often about the process, of defining the bonus amount to be paid within a limited budget – rather than the work of the individual. How often teams get so busy with projects that once again the inspiring conversations are left out. How much managers want to keep a staff member but sometimes aspects of running the business which can’t be helped are impacting their ability to provide that employee with the duties that would inspire them.

And then I sign onto LinkedIn. My favorite part of LinkedIn. On the top right hand side, I see updates on people within my network. The same people I met 1, 2,3 or 5 years ago. For some, we just met last month as part of the interview process for one our roles. And there on the right hand corner, the person who was fearful that their wife would leave them if he can not find work, the person who was torn between finding any job and waiting for his ideal job, is busy celebrating his second year at a role that was aligned with his dream job. Someone who was fired from their last employer is working at a whole new role that is better aligned with what they wanted to do all along. Or in some cases, our team at WMC was the one able to provide that opportunity to them and they are celebrating their 3rd year in the role.

In those moments, I smile as I am sure many recruiters can attest to this. That’s when those who committed to their path, have succeeded. They figured out where they fit best, of what they bring to the table, and they did not waiver. They did not let obstacles get in their way. They pushed through and with time they found a new home. A better home. A better life.

Just something to think about as we all set to welcome 2017!

See Kataneh’s original LinkedIn article here. Kataneh is a director at WMC Vancouver.

The opinions represented here do not necessarily represent WMC’s views as a whole.