‘Out of Work’ to suggest bold steps

by Britt Aamodt
Special to the Star News
Devotees of “Dancing with the Stars” will tell you: When it comes to dance competitions, put your best foot forward.

These days, job searches can feel a lot like dance competitions. There are steps to follow and judges to win over.

Then too, you don’t know if you’ve won or lost until the end, after the judges — or interviewers, in this case —have tabulated the scores.

There can be only one winner. For the rest, there’s the consolation phone call or e-mail, if that.

Putting your best foot forward suggests a combination of self-confidence, style and hard-earned knowledge designed to snag dance competitions and jobs. It’s also the topic of “I Lost My Job! What Will I Do Now?,” the next talk in the Out Of Work series, co-sponsored by ISD 728 Community Ed. The free event begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 at Rockwoods Bar & Grill, Otsego.

Stuart and Tracy Palmer will lead the discussion. The husband-and-wife team will talk about marrying your skills with passions, and refining your presentation in the resume and job interview.

The Palmers might even bring in a dance step or two. The couple teaches ballroom dance through Community Ed.

They’re also life coaches, who believe that no matter where you are, you can always take a step forward.

“You can always make a transition,” says Stuart. “Some 60 percent of Americans are unhappy with their jobs.” A smaller percent is out of work and looking.

But transition to what?

Stuart believes in dream jobs and fulfilling careers, even if the next job comes with a new set of skills, some of which you don’t have — yet. It’s about taking the first step and the one after that.

“You can spend 15 years doing something that has nothing to do with where your heartstrings are pulling you,” he says.

It’s like tap dancing when you want to boogie. You may not know how to boogie, but you will if you start with the basics and work up.

Stuart and his wife will also explore the role of temperament in finding a suitable career.

“We’ll talk about a process that can help you understand who you are, how you react to situations and what your strengths are,” says Stuart.

Those realizations, he says, are key for people walking into an interview, because these job applicants have already answered the question most likely to be asked, “Why do you want to work here?”

Participants at the March 1 event will have the opportunity to sign up for a free coaching session (by telephone) with Stuart Palmer.

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