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A 6 steps auto-coaching guide for New Year’s resolutions that won’t be forgotten

Tired of all these disappointing times when New Year’s resolutions have lasted a couple of weeks before we dropped them or forgot them, most of us have given up even trying to set them. “New Year’s resolution? Never mind!”

Yet, don’t you secretly dream that this new year could be a little different, a little better, maybe it could be the year of a real personal development, or even the year of a positive change in your life?
This year, not a list of objectives which are impossible to achieve but rather a bit of time for yourself to identify an objective that is really important to you while starting 2018.

In the first place: A profound yet dynamic self-awareness.

Profound because for your resolution to bring you something strong, durable and fully satisfying, it should be related to your deep-Self and not to your ego or to a passing wish. One tends to imagine the Self as something static but yet it is extremely liberating to think about who we are as being in movement, with a dynamic reality. Remember the person you were in early 2017, the thoughts that cluttered your mind, your internal state, your physical shape, your mood. Is it exactly the same now?
Thus it is to your Self of this beginning of 2018 that these resolutions should be addressed.

Step 1: A few questions to re-acquaint yourself with your present Self.

  • In what stage of your life are you? I suggest a very simplified model: period of construction, period of maturation or period of harvest.
  • What are the ones of your roles which today are important to you? Parent, professional, friend, child, spouse, other?
  • What is your body telling you?  Exhaustion, energy, need for movement, need for well-being, tension, relaxation, etc.?
  • What have you been proud of or satisfied with in 2017?
  • Which compliment has especially touched you? What does that tell you about yourself?

Give time to these reflections to make their way and to anchor before you move on to step 2.
Let them accompany you in a moment of calm, of relaxation where you can be alone with your own thoughts.

Step 2: Your current aspirations.

  • What more do you pursue today?
  • What less do you pursue today?
  • What difference are you seeking for today?
  • What do you expect from fulfilling these aspirations that is really important to you? What is there essential to you?

Of all these things that have come to your mind, which one induces emotion, which one resonates most in you, or which one provokes pleasant dreams?

Step 3: At this point, you start sensing which directions are tempting to take and which are most important to you.

  • What do you need to happen in your life to feel satisfied, at the end of 2018, with your progress filling the gap between current situation and targeted situation?
  • Note this as Your Goal.

How will you feel when you will have achieved this goal, what will you tell to yourself? What will you then think of yourself? What will make others realise that you have reached your goal?

Step 4: The very first little step.

  • What could be the smallest possible step you could make toward this goal? This must be something you can proceed with in the next couple of weeks.
  • What could still prevent you from performing this in the coming 2 weeks?
  • Modify your first smallest step possible until nothing can stop you from actually doing it within two weeks.

Step 5: Surround yourself with people with the type of energy that might fail you to be able to keep moving forward beyond the first small step.

Identify and write down at least 1 resource person and share your resolution with him/her. Ask him/her formally for his/her support.

Step 6: Plan how you will celebrate the successful achievement of your 2018 resolution.

Make an appointment in your agenda with yourself or with those you want to be part of the celebration of this success.

I wish you a lot of success in achieving your 2018 resolution and a wonderful year 2018!! Sandrine van den Oudenhoven

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes. Read more article from Sandrine on the blog

Closing 2017 & wishing you a festive Holiday Season!

Time to invite each of you to pause down for a minute and to participate to our now traditional mood-booster-end-of-the-year-exercise: writing the list of your 10 greatest successes and satisfactions of the year.
Successes can be personal or professional, they all deserve to be celebrated!

At job4U2, we did the exercise and are proud to share with you that in 2017, we…

• have enjoyed our achievement in obtaining a satisfaction scope of 4.8/5 on our key criteria: efficiency/ commitment/responsibility/empathy/respect/quality

• have witnessed coaches successfully, with faith and determination, embracing new meaningful careers paths.

• have been touched in the deepest parts of our hearts by the many kind feed-back words of the people we have accompanied.

• have proudly supported our corporate clients in their continuous effort to hire the best talents who more and more are involved in a dual career.

• have strengthen existing partnership relationships, have engaged with new corporate clients and enlarged our network with many new amazing highly interesting people we met all along this last year.

• have enjoyed rich exchanges, fun, friendship and the belonging to a well running bounded job4U2 team.

• have settled the job4U2 Basel team in the new job4U2 office on Grünpfahlgasse in the beautiful city center of Basel.

• have provided trainings modules in the “Brevet RH” program, giving us another opportunity to raise awareness on the challenge dual career creates for talent acquisition and retention.

• have further grown the community job4u2 circle reaching over 500 members and are still growing rapidly.

• have published 15 blogs on the job4U2 website.

• have learnt from our peers and enjoyed sharing our knowledge and our love for our profession.

All together we have enjoyed a beautiful, rich and diverse year 2017. All of us are looking forward to the holidays, but before closing the offices for a few days, we want to wish you all a very festive Holiday Season and a very happy start in the new year.

Enjoy the Season Holiday!

The job4U2 team

Inländervorrang light- Préférence indigène light: Wazzat?

Inländervorrang light- Préférence indigène light: What is it about?

Following the February 2014 voting against mass immigration, an arrangement was adopted, last December, to promote the workforce available in Switzerland versus workforce coming from aboard.
On June 16th  2017, the details of the law for the indigene preference light were settled.

Important here is to understand the way the word “indigene” is understood in the law deployment: It refers to anybody registered at the Swiss unemployment offices (ORP-RAV-URC depending on the language regions)

The principle is simple on paper: it aims to allow the offices of unemployment to have exclusive access, during a period of 5 days, to job openings concerning groups of profession, fields of activity or economic regions which register a national unemployment rate of at least 5%, for which employers will have the obligation to communicate the vacant positions to the regional employment offices.

During these 5 days, Swiss unemployment offices are expected to nominate people looking for work.
The entry into force is scheduled for January 1, 2018.

A few numbers:

At the end of July 2017, the total number of jobseekers registered at the regional unemployment offices was 195,223 persons, 133,926 persons were receiving unemployment financial compensation.

Switzerland has 130 Swiss unemployment offices.

In October 2017, the cantons with unemployment rates greater than or equal to 5% are: Neuchâtel – Geneva.

In October 2017, the economic branches with an unemployment rate of over 5% were: Leather, shoes- Watches – Hotels and restaurants.

In October 2017, the professions with unemployment rates in excess of 5% were: Sales and commercial roles – Hospitality and domestic support roles – Other Manufacturing and transformation roles.

In 2016, there were 10,583 vacancies announced to the Swiss unemployment offices.

It is estimated that around one million jobs are changing each year in Switzerland.

In October 2017, the national unemployment rate was 3%. In December 2009, the national unemployment rate reached 4.4%. In 1996-97, for 12 months, it has been higher than 5%.

What do you think?
Will the indigene preference law lead to the largest, fastest, most flexible and most in demand placement agency ever imagined?

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes. 

The key Ingredient to a successful job search

Positivity: not a stand-alone ingredient but the salt which changes everything.

No doubt, Job searching requires some thoughtful tactics and know-how such as a clear market positioning, art in the way to make your CV expresses who you are in a meaningful way for your audience, a strong and thoughtful application strategy and some presentation and convincing skills for the interviews.
However, attitude and mind-set play a major role in reaching the objective.
Positivity is not a stand-alone ingredient to success but the salt which changes everything.

Being positive in regard to reaching the objective, does not mean neglecting to learn from failures nor to implement corrective actions. No, positivity is the little plus that allows you to listen to the positive little voice in you that says:” it does not matter, you know you can do it, keep on.”

When something is not in your sphere of influence and induces a perception of failure, it opens up a choice: You can feel miserable and victim of the events, you can choose to disengage and minimise the pain, or you can also connect back to your positive feeling and look for the hidden present in the situation. This choice is not always easy, there are other storming elements interfering and exercising counter pressure against positivity.

4 tips to nurture your positivity

Positivity is a fragile balance that is unique to each individual, is highly dependent on our personality and cultural and social inheritage but there are ways to nurture positivity: here are 4 tips to boost your positive mind set:

1- Recognise and capture what is your inner state of positivity. How do you feel when you are positive? Serene, joyful, peaceful, confident, strong? Where is the feeling mainly located in your body? Your chest, your heart, your head, your stomach? Does it have a temperature, a colour? Something else?
2- Identify your personal needs and feed them. The fullest you will be of what is important to you, the more stable you will be to nurture your positive inner state.
Do you need calm, nature immersion, social contacts, a good book, activity, some empathy? Something else? Go for it.
3- Cultivate your self-esteem. Treat yourself with equal benevolence as you would offer to someone dear to your heart.
4- Find your cheerleaders. Identify who, in your surroundings, has the ability to cheer you up and to switch your inner state back to positivity. It can be a friend, a spouse, a parent, a coach, a mentor, etc. And keep away from people and networks who bring you down.

Practice positivity, observe what changes in your internal dialogue and in your behaviour, take time to note down all the effects that you notice around you and build your own empowerment cycle.
In your recipe to a successful job search, you will have secured a major ingredient and can now move to the following riddle:

If positivity is to the job search what salt is to the recipe, what would yeast be to your job search?

job4U2 career programs for dual career partners for Switzerland are delivered by qualified coaches who complement their Swiss job market expertise with their coaching skills to insure you uncover your own invaluable personal resources and mobilise them towards your success.

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.