Wednesday September 04, 2013 | 09:16 AM
Posted by Barbara Babkirk

Transitions, particularly the work-related kind, are difficult no matter the circumstances, because work is often tied to identity and self worth.


If you’ve initiated the change, then you may feel more in control and that makes the shift from one employer or career field to another less stressful than if you were laid off or terminated.

Still, with any new position, there’s the learning curve of varying degrees coupled with a period of adjustment to new cultures, norms and personalities that can be unnerving and put you on edge.

Keep in mind the following three steps to stay on a positive note as you transition into your new position:

1.    Be positive. Think positively.
Your new job and workplace are providing a clean slate for you. Give your co-workers and new employer the benefit of the doubt and avoid participating in rumors, negative talk or judgments about others.

2.    Assume you’re meant to be there.
Ask yourself regularly what value you bring and actively look for places to make a contribution.

3.    Stay balanced.
It’s only natural for you to want to do a good job and impress your boss, but it’s not good to put your work/life balance, and ultimately, your health at risk.

Remember what enlivens and restores your energy and do it often.


About this Blog

Barbara Babkirk is a Master Career Counselor and founder of Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement firm in Portland.

With a focused and intuitive approach, Barbara makes a difference in people’s lives by helping them design a new life chapter. She has a successful record guiding career transitions for professionals ranging from executives and artists to attorneys and entrepreneurs.

An expert in her field, Barbara is a public speaker on work-related topics writes a solutions-oriented column about work for the Portland Sunday Telegram.


Scott Woodard is a career coach with Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement business in Portland, Maine.

Scott works with clients to identify and articulate their value and their personal brand. He helps clients develop clear, concise and crisp messaging to convey their particular difference, their achievements and their approach.

Scott coaches clients to market their brand through social media platforms, especially LinkedIn. He offers monthly workshops on how to make the most of LinkedIn for businesses or job seekers.

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