Reinvent Yourself in Times of Crisis

Re-invent Yourself

If you are one of today's unemployed, you may still be wondering why it has taken this long for you to get another job. You may already be experiencing anxiety every time you check your email for responses from the companies you sent your resumes to. But have you ever paused to think that maybe this is your chance to redesign your career path? Perhaps something good can come out of this period in your life.

When things do not seem to be going as planned, you need alternative plans to buffer the delay in achieving your goals. This may be the right time to evaluate your career goals, redefine your potentials, and reinvent yourself.

What Does Reinventing Mean?

Invention, comes from the Latin word, “inventus” which means to find or to encounter. Reinvention, therefore, means to find something again, which means recognizing something that is already there, and looking at it in a different light. It means focusing on your skills, talents, and abilities and diverting them to more profitable endeavors. It also means seeing yourself as a revitalized, energized person who is more perceptive of your strengths, rather than your weaknesses.

Have you even paused to think whether this time in your life is the right time to change careers? Have you been delaying moving to the place where you really wanted to live? Perhaps you had delayed pursuing another degree that you think can help you with your career potentials. This is the right time to examine your goals in life and see if you are ready to make the big shift that can impact your future.

Here are some suggestions on how you can jumpstart the process of reinventing yourself in a time of crisis:

1. Don’t panic.

Panic comes from the fear of the unknown. It paralyzes you and can constrict your vision and you will be unable to see beyond the crisis. It is easy to fall into a pattern of anxiety, panic and depression, every time you wonder where your next paycheck is going to come from. Worry is the biggest enemy during a time of crisis - one that blocks your reasoning and makes you think that you are up for the worst, that nothing good will happen soon.

However, when you worry, you are also depleting your energy, which you can, instead channel into something more worthwhile. Instead of worrying, you can spend this time to analyze what other skills, talents and abilities do you have that can help you overcome the challenges of financial recovery.

2. Review your resume.

Analyze your past jobs and consider your other skills that got developed during the past years. Perhaps you were into sales. While trying to sell a product, you were not just honing your marketing skills; you also developed your skill to predict market trends and customer preferences. Expand your resume to include all possible traits that your future employer maybe looking for. Include the volunteer work that you may have done while unemployed, which can help you develop other skills too.

3. Consider freelance or volunteer jobs.

Have you always thought about starting your own business? Well, going freelance can be your stepping stone to doing so. Freelancing provides flexible hours and opportunities to work even at home. You can also do some volunteer work to hone your skills. Know where you are good at, and start looking for opportunities to use these skills.

4. Improve on your talents and skills.

Take some extra courses to upgrade your skills. Look for free lessons online or even from some organizations or community colleges that may be offering free seminars.

5. Believe in what you can do.

You have to remind yourself that before the financial crisis, you were good at what you were doing, and there is no reason why you can not excel again.

Crisis often brings the best in us. It takes a lot of self-honesty to know where you can improve on your situation right now, but this is the first step towards realizing your potentials and discovering the new you!

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websclubs 6 years ago

Hi Yvembig,

organizations and community colleges offering free seminars opportunities-- focusing on your skills, talents, and abilities, realizing your potentials and discovering the new you... volunteer work sales can help in developing your marketing skills... Focusing on your skills, talents and abilities it's your chance to redesign your career path--

Nice hub Thanks.


Valerie Sanderson 6 years ago

This is a really useful post. Having decided to start my own business there is a sense of re-inventing me and doing things that I haven't really had to before like networking, building social networks, just getting known. Certainly lots of new skills being developed!


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yvembig 6 years ago from Somerset Author

Glad you found it useful Valerie. In these changing times it is essential to find ways to re-invent and change!


Stephanie Vega 6 years ago

Your advice on expanding your resume is good. But I'd like to suggest an opposite approach. Sometimes your resume makes you look too experienced and overqualified for the jobs you're applying for. And if you've had a lot of positions, you resume can even make you appear older than you are. My advice: Taylor different resumes for different types of jobs.


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yvembig 6 years ago from Somerset Author

Absolutely Stephanie. When I say 'Expand your resume to include all possible traits that your future employer maybe looking for' that is in essence what I mean, make it fit for each purpose. Great point to pull out though as you have made it clearer around having different types of resumes. Flexibility is key! There is a lot of ageism and 'over qualified' challenges to be dealt with. Thank you!


Kim Rawks 6 years ago

Freelancing and volunteer work has a couple of very valuable benefits. You can network with people, leading to more opportunities. And the experience looks great on your resume.


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yvembig 6 years ago from Somerset Author

Absolutely! I think voluntering especially shows a willingness and interest beyond self - a good quality. And let's face it, new experiences provide us with opportunities to grow as well as find other areas of interest.


Jennifer 6 years ago

Hey - thanks for this piece. I graduated from college two years ago and have found very little work beyond temp jobs. I'm certainly in need of this type of advice to get my resume and outlook in order!


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yvembig 6 years ago from Somerset Author

In the current climate there are new graduates who will be faced with similar issues and they have to be really creative as they have little, if any, work experience. Again, finding a volunteering role could well open up new doors as well as develop additional skills. Clearly there is a need to earn a living but whilst you are searching for the right role, giving time to others is a pretty great statement of character. And freelancing allows you to flex your muscle in the world of entrepreneurship... Good luck with the resume Jennifer!


Tamara 6 years ago

Hey - a question - how far back should you go on your resume? Should you list every place you've worked? Only the relevant places or only the most recent relevant ones?


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yvembig 6 years ago from Somerset Author

Most Resume 'experts' say no more than 10 years or no more than a 2 page resume so if like me you've had a portfolio career (=lots of jobs!) you need to highlight the relevant experience and keep the rest to short gap filling one liners. And for any relevant experience prior to the 10 years back be sure to mention it in your cover letter


Charlie 5 years ago

I'm jobless for over a year now. The situation seems hopeless at times. Still, I'm never giving up handing out resumes, looking for jobs day-in, day-out. I know in my heart that as long as there is hope in me and that I believe in myself, I know that job will present to me. This financial crisis should be a catalyst for hope and for change - that there may be some things too that prove to be detrimental to us that we need to change. For example - excessive consumerism. If we look at from another perspective - it might be of our own doing too.

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