TAP In with Tristan : Let Go of What Doesn’t Serve You

Tristan discusses why you should let go of what doesn’t serve you in your job search and career. While developing attachments is a part of life, you have to ask yourself, “Is this thing I’m attached to still serving me?” If the answer is no, then you have to be willing to let it go so it doesn’t stunt your progress and get in the way of everything you’re trying to achieve.

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s discuss why you should let go of what doesn’t serve you in your job search and career.

Have you ever met a person who couldn’t stop talking about this really great thing they did, only for you to find out it happened 10+ years ago and it’s not relevant to the discussion you’re having, but they’re just really attached to it? Well, I definitely have, numerous times while doing this work. It’s natural to build attachments to people, places, things, beliefs, ideas, achievements, and even jobs. Typically, those attachments are linked to ideas we hold about who we are and what we are and aren’t capable of. But when it’s time to move to the next level in life, our drive to hold on to those things that may no longer be useful can blind us and work against us.

Take that older job on your resume, for example. You know, the one you refuse to let go of even though it doesn’t fit your current career puzzle. I know you enjoyed the experience, and you were proud of the work you did there, but it’s not showcasing any different skills, highlighting relevant results, or selling you as the best candidate. It’s just taking up space, and it’s probably one of the reasons you haven’t landed that ideal job yet. You might want to consider only focusing on the relevant skills and achievements, moving it to an additional experience section where you just list the title, company, and the dates, or simply removing it altogether. The same thing goes for that random certifications, volunteer experience, or outdated awards — while it may have helped you in the past, ask yourself, how is it helping me move forward?

While developing attachments is a part of life, you have to ask yourself, is this thing I’m attached to still serving me? If the answer is no, then you have to be willing to let it go, so it doesn’t stunt your progress and get in the way of everything you’re trying to achieve.

This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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