Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers a question from a subscriber about how to relaunched his career after having had a string of short-term jobs.
"I'm nearly 24. I graduated 2 years ago. My longest job is 6 months where I worked as a teacher. I've made some mistakes and had a string of short-term jobs of 3 months and under. There are mixture of good and bad things said about me. I have always been a high achiever and hard worker, but clearly need to work on my people skills (there's a clue in there). I've always found dealing with others a bit difficult, especially in stressful environments. More than anything I want to work, build lasting relationships and progress, so that I can use my degree and proved to be an asset. How can I get back into the workforce and, when I do, how can I make it work this time?"
There are 2 questions there. How to get back into the workforce. I don't have enough data, they are to give concrete advice. They just is not enough information there. What I would say is the best thing that can be done, get out there and talk to people and ask for advice. Ask questions. This is not designed to go cry on someone else's shoulder. All that will do is make them feel sympathy and get them distracted from what you really need, which is advice about how to get a job doing what you want to do.
Get out there and talk to everyone. If you're part of a church, synagogue, or a mosque… Any type of religious organization, speak with your local religious leader for your denomination. Speak with the lead people at that church, synagogue or mosque. Speak to people who are doing the kind of work that you are doing. How do you find them? Do a Google search. Do a LinkedIn search. Search by the job title, the ZIP Code… Do that kind of a search and use the word "resume" in your search string. You will find people and then call them up and say, "look, we don't know one another but I'm looking for some help." Talk with them, not about your failures but what you want to be doing.
Then, with regard to, "how can I make it work this time," that is a different type of question. I had the idea that you have a hairtrigger response to certain types of situations. You need to practice your people skills. I'm reading between the lines and what you wrote and apparently, there are things that happen when you get into stressful situations that set off the trigger the cause you problems.
I can't presume to know what happens for you. My guess is know that something is happening that's triggering you. Again, you need support. It will not be a quick fix. You have a lifetime ahead of you, however long that is. If you live in your 60s, that's 40 years! If you live into your 80s, that's 60 years! Now is the time to work on it.
Judging by your photo, you look like a male. I know for me. 1 of the things that help me was The ManKind Project. You can visit them at mkp.org, find a local group in your area, come to meetings, maybe do 1 of their weekends. But, ultimately, it helped me work on some of my anger stuff and is helped a lot of other men do that and more.
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