Navigating a return to work after a long absence can be daunting, especially if it requires securing a new position. Typically, most people rely on networking as a common strategy. However, with so many managers and leaders furloughed or laid off, the competition can be fierce. Add to that bias about long-term unemployment, and even great mojo can take a hit.
There remains in our culture a stigma about long-term unemployment. This is especially true for the more mature knowledge workers who internalize self-blame or stigmas. Left unchecked, long-term unemployment can suck the air out of our spirit. When this happens our mojo becomes a no go, or as Marshall Goldsmith coined it, “nojo.”
According to Goldsmith, nojo occurs when we become dispirited and confused. This is happening right now with two common mistakes: waiting for the facts to change, and looking for logic in all the wrong places. As a result, we get stuck, and stay stuck.
Fortunately, there is action we can take to reclaim our career mojo and navigate a successful return to work.
This article and Article Nuggets explore career mojo, long-term unemployment, and suggests ways to reclaim and reach optimum career mojo
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The complete article includes these important concepts:
- Avoid mojo traps
- How is your career mojo?
- Reclaim your career mojo
- Optimum career mojo
- Your ideal self
And references to the following sources:
Ofer Sharone, “A Crisis of Long-Term Unemployment Is Looming in the U.S.,” Harvard Business Review (March 18, 2021)
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