• Courtney Kirschaum

This defines how your career will turn out (and it's so easy to change!)

Picture this from pre-COVID days.

You're in a restaurant or at the office and the place explodes with the sound of everyone's phone alert going off.

The first time it happened to me was summer about five years ago. A thunderstorm warning went out. 

The entire restaurant goes berserk with phones alerting. 

Flash forward 5 years:

Last winter in New England, I learned they send Snow Squall alerts.

People talked about getting them, but you never heard the phone alerts going off.

Why not?

Over time, people decided these types of alerts were not a big-red-hot-flaming-deal, after all.

They dug through their phone settings and switched off the annoying alert. 

Two nights ago, here in the land of red hot & jungle-humid, a thunderstorm started brewing.

My mom and I had just gotten back from a trip to the vet with the cutest puppy on the planet. 

It was too hot to put him in a crate, so we both went. One to drive while the other watched over the little guy.

On the way back, eerie clouds start forming and lighting bolts begin smacking all around.  

When it hit full force, we were back at the house.

It went from 0 to 60 in about 15 seconds.

Limbs were hitting the roof KA-thunk-KA-THUNK.

Potted plants were blowing off tables. 

Tree limbs were raining down.

It was scary.

And then, it was gone.

Our neighbor called it "micro-burst."

I've been in worse weather situations, but the anxiety was unusually high in this one.  

Here's why:

My normally alert-happy phone failed to give even one beep of warning that madness was about to descend. 

We'd turned the radio off in the car.

If there was a warning, we missed it.

Summer thunderstorms are usual, but this high wind, crazy storm was not what we were expecting. 

What amplified this and made it worse was our expectations were not set correctly for the experience.

Expectations have a lot to do with defining how you rate an experience after having it.

The entire career and job hunt game has changed a lot in the past few years.

And it's still changing.

Your expectations are aligned with an idea in your head. 

It might be outdated.

Because it's a new climate in more ways than one.

COVID changed it all again, dramatically. 

The work from home experiment will be completed when all this is said and done and if you want more of it, you can negotiate for it. 

That's not the only thing that's changed in this microburst of necessity.

Ghosting infuriates and isolates many job seekers.

Under our COVID existence, fewer seem to be lamenting about it. 

A lot has changed for the better, too. 

You can negotiate for

More money

Work from home

More vacation, and

You can change anything you want in your career. (Read that again.)

For one thing, you can say,  "COVID changed everything."  

And no one will blink an eye, because things will have changed for them too.  

Whereas before, they might linger on your choices, getting judg-y.

This is good news for anyone who's been "waiting for a sign" or waiting for anything. 

Now more than ever, it's time to do what you want.



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P.S. Right now I can hear the thunder of another storm brewing. Expectations have been adjusted.