Do you have a career strategy? Do you have a job search strategy? Do you have a networking strategy? Episode 24 of The Nurse Keith Show is all about inspiring you to create a exciting strategy for your career.
Keith shares personally that his own life is in transition as he and his wife, Mary Rives, search for a new home in Santa Fe after the lease on their home wasn’t renewed. He relates this sudden change in his personal life to the sudden changes that can occur in your career. It may be true that life/God/the Universe won’t give you what you can’t handle, and when those changes happen, you need to know how to make lemonade out of the lemons that roll down life’s conveyor belt in your direction.
Meanwhile, worrying about “how” we will accomplish something can sometimes stultify us and cause us to freeze, and that focus on the “how” may prevent you from taking inspired action. Rather, the “why” is a much more inspired place, and the “how” can come from your ability to be open to the best possible route to get where you need to go.
This episode was, in part, inspired by a meeting that Keith had with a potential client over dinner one night here in Santa Fe, and he realized that so many job seekers get stuck within the trap of not really having a strategy for moving forward.
If you’re looking for a job or wanting change in your career, those changes aren’t going to happen as if by magic. From the savvy use of LinkedIn to your face-to-face networking strategy, taking inspired action and being open to serendipity, spontaneity, and yes, magic, can be ways to pry open doors that you may not have known even existed.
Throughout this episode, Keith does his best to inspire listeners to have open ears, open eyes, and open minds when it comes to their careers and professional trajectory. It can be a “chance” meeting at a party, overhearing a conversation at the next table in a restaurant, chatting with someone in the cereal aisle at the store; when you’re open to serendipity, serendipity will happen.
Regarding the person with whom Keith recently had dinner, he describes in this episode how he inspired her to make her LinkedIn profile shine, and to see herself as her own best asset. Sure, a resume and cover letter are awesome tools, but getting yourself in front of someone, and dazzling them with your brilliance is an even more powerful career strategy. And that’s where networking comes in.
Keith digs deep into his philosophy regarding networking and the nurturing of personal and professional relationships. Sharing, giving, and being compassionate and generous are ways in which we can manifest greater success for ourselves, and this is due to the law of cause and effect: when we live the life of a giver, we’re sure to gain in unexpected ways, and we never know from where those gains will come.
Doing research and development for your career can mean chatting with people in special groups on LinkedIn, going to Meetups of people from your industry, your profession, or your cultural or ethnic group, or even just groups of people who share certain hobbies or interests.
Meeting people and sharing about yourself is one of the simplest ways to get to know others and to have them get to know you. In this vein, Keith shares how RNFM Radio began from a simple conversation on Twitter between himself and two other nurse entrepreneurs, Anna Morrison and Kevin Ross. What has come of the show is hard to measure, but Keith concludes that The Nurse Keith Show was actually born from the crucible of RNFM Radio, and he obviously had no idea what that amazing collaboration would result in over the years—and the results keep happening!
Keith wants you to remember that you just never know what will come of the serendipitous meetings and events of your life, and if you’re open to such magic happening in your life, remaining open to the possibility is highly recommended.
Authentic connection, inspired action, and thoughtful planning can serve your career in so many ways. Thinking creatively will move your career in unexpected ways, and when you share what you want and what you’re looking for, you’re opening yourself to what others have to say and share. If you’re needing a change in your career, share it with your family, your neighbors, the cashier at the grocery store, the person next to you on the bus. Everyone knows someone who knows someone who knows someone, and that third someone could be the key to the next career door through which you want to walk.
Your career is like a garden, and nurturing the seeds of inspiration that you’ve planted in that garden is so very important.
Keith challenges listeners—no, he dares listeners—to reach out to him in order to ask him a burning career question, or request a few pieces of inspiration that will jolt you into action.
Keep moving forward; think connection, inspiration, spontaneity, serendipity, and openness. Remain open, and be ready and willing to receive what comes your way.
The Nurse Keith Show is adroitly edited and produced by James Larson, and social media and promotion are expertly handled by Mark Capispisan.
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Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is the Board Certified Nurse Coach behind NurseKeith.com and the well-known blog, Digital Doorway.
Keith is co-host of RNFMRadio.com, a wildly popular nursing podcast; he also hosts The Nurse Keith Show, his own podcast focused on career advice and inspiration for nurses. Keith is also the resident nursing career expert at Nurse.com.
A widely published nurse writer, Keith is the author of “Savvy Networking For Nurses: Getting Connected and Staying Connected in the 21st Century.” He has also contributed chapters to a number of books related to the nursing profession, and currently writes for MultiViews New Service, LPNtoBSNOnline.com, StaffGarden, and Working Nurse Magazine.
Mr. Carlson brings a plethora of experience as a nurse thought leader, online nurse personality, holistic career coach, writer, and well-known successful nurse entrepreneur.