Being an independent Free Agent means you're captain of your own ship. The good news is you are free to pilot your craft pretty much anywhere. The bad news? It can be a lonely endeavor.
What's this got to do with reentry?
For starters, free agency sums up the general state of occupational affairs for the majority of Americans these days - reentry seekers, very definitely included. Most of us will have multiple careers with more than a few side-hustles along the way. This has become the new normal and what reentry seekers should expect going forward, regardless of their degree of success.
However, embracing free agency is more than (just) accepting how things are in the Marketplace. For those reentering, the situation is a bit more complex due to two requirements:
- The need to connect with people
- The need to remain independent and fully in "free agent" mode
The key to doing both at the same time is intention - the WHY. The successful reentry person has learned they can't go it alone. They have also come to realize that getting along and communicating effectively are critical to achieving their objectives.
On the other hand, they know piloting their own craft in a proactive, head-up manner, is NOT optional. After all, they have a background snag which can send them to the end of the line with little notice.
Reentering (getting there) is way more than a job. It's a process that lasts not months, but years - three to five in most cases. Lots of tools will be added to the reentry tool bag by the time the process plains out. One of the most important is learning to become an independent Free Agent.
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