10 Life Lessons Learned from the Great Recession

June 9, 2014

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The Great Recession was incredibly difficult for many. Here are 10 life lessons to keep in mind as you move forward.

1) Jobs. Jobs come and go. Is your identity attached to your work? If your job goes away, do you have enough contacts to network your way into a new situation? Building a strong professional network while you’re employed is essential so that people remember you and what you have to offer. More people find jobs through their personal networks than by submitting résumés into online databases.

2) People come and go from our lives. Who are the people who are really there for you when you need them? Have you stayed in touch with them?

3) Money. Living on credit is not as solid as having cash in the bank. Live within your means and save.

4) Local businesses. If we don’t support the small businesses in our neighborhood, they go away. Local businesses keep money in our communities. Do we really only want to work with and shop at the mega stores?

5) Ask for what you want. It’s now easier to negotiate, barter, and deal as everyone is eager to work together in moving things forward.

6) Visibility. Step up your personal marketing efforts. How you are perceived both online and in the community will continue to create new opportunities.

7) Volunteering. Taking on work you can’t necessarily do in your day job can give you exposure to new people as you expand your skills. Volunteering is not just about being a pair of hands. Along the way you’ll make new friends, feel good, and help a part of society of interest to you.

8) Listen more. Active listening is important as it allows you to pay attention and understand another person’s point of view. Listening builds trust, rapport and respect.

9) Appreciation. It’s nice to have nice things, but do we need more to have more? Appreciate and be grateful for what is important and already in our lives.

10) Attitude. Stay positive and remain focused on what’s important in your life. Let the rest be background noise. Everything is cyclical and if you’re having a difficult time, this too shall pass.

Just as it’s important to network when you don’t need a job, maintaining visibility and a positive attitude will help you create what you want in your life. How would you like to be remembered?

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About The Author

JoAnn Warcholic Ashman is currently a Management Consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), JoAnn’s held executive level positions at Johnson & Johnson, Apple Computer, Time Warner, Kellwood and DaVita Healthcare Partners. In addition to serving as a charter member of Apple’s mentor program, JoAnn’s background includes staffing, promoting, reorganizing, and restructuring teams, all with a strong focus on keeping, developing, mentoring, and growing future leaders. Her work includes career development, as well as mentoring and sponsorship of numerous direct reports to VP, CIO and general management positions. Dianne Gubin is an entrepreneur, recruiter, career consultant, and dynamic public speaker. As founder and president of Amplify Professional Services, Inc., a national staffing agency, Dianne has accelerated thousands of career successes. She opened countless doorways to life-changing opportunities within Fortune 500 corporations, government, and fast-growth companies. Dianne knows what it takes to get someone hired into a company, as well as what it takes for a candidate to get a job. As a radio show host, Dianne engaged industry leaders on hot-button business issues, offering expert insight into what matters most in careers and professional development. She’s produced a series of video blogs discussing hiring and the job-hunting process.

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    Very insightful and substantive sage advice.

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