After nearly a month of hot, dry weather and browning grass, today I looked out into my garden. I saw an awakening of the lawn. Green is swiftly appearing growing in lush and vibrant even after over 32 days of temperatures above 32 degrees. During that period of stressful conditions, my green lawn went dormant, concentrating on sheer survival, shutting down all but the most vital functions for life.
Many of us do this during our careers. In times of great personal or professional stress, we stop planning for the future and simply take each day as it comes. Our career plans go dormant, waiting for the right time to become active again.
Just like a summer lawn, when you are ready and the conditions are favourable, you can revitalize your dormant career plans. Begin with simple steps, just a few blades of grass to test your readiness. Rewrite or refresh your resume or get a little creative and put together an infomercial type of introduction for yourself.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the idea of renewing your career, or you’ve taken more than six months away from your job, consider consulting a career coach to help you get the best result from your efforts to come back from your dormant career state.
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