The Job Hunting Podcast

30. The courageous job hunter: Braving the market in times of uncertainty (COVID series)

May 19, 2020

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Hello and welcome! I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also a virtual career coach, job hunting expert and career strategist. I teach professionals in the corporate, non-profit and public sectors the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

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Episode Show Notes 

In today’s job market and work environment, everything is changing. For professionals in the corporate, nonprofit and public sectors, almost nothing feels the same and it is challenging to see where we are heading, let alone plan for our careers. To have courage to face the unknown will be crucial to getting us as individuals and as a community moving towards our preferred future. So, where can we get our courage from and how do we apply that in our career?

In todays’ episode, I interviewed Dina Pozzo. With more than twenty years’ experience in learning and organisational development both locally and internationally, Dina is a highly skilled facilitator and coach. Dina completed a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Melbourne and was trained by Brene Brown as a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator.

In this interview, we address the following questions: What does courage looks like during job search? And in the office? What does being vulnerable has to do courage? Can you practice "courage" and get better at it? And how can you use your personal strengths to develop courage?


Key takeaways:

  • Courage is an intentional constructive or moral action taken by an individual in the presence of perceived personal risk and uncertainty of outcome (personal or organisational) in order to resolve or avert a workplace issue.
  • Sometimes it takes courage to do nothing.
  • What I may need courage for, you may not. And vice versa.
  • If we stop and think and unpack the past, we can say when we've been courageous in the past, we can say what we did, how we did it, how we felt, who enabled us, all those things.
  • Be a courage spotter: When you spot courage in someone else, call it out because that helps build our self-awareness.
  • Know that vulnerability is actually strength.
  • BRAVING stands for – Boundaries, Reliability, the Vote, Integrity, Non-judgement, and Generosity.
  • If you come back to your values every time when you reach that fork in the road, we know whatever the decision that needs to be made is going to be an easier decision to make. I'm not saying it's going to be an easy decision, but it will be easier.

Three questions to reflect on to job hunt with courage:

  1. How worthwhile is that action?
  2. How risky is it to apply for that role?
  3. What action will you take?


Four key skills of courage:

  1. Rumbling with vulnerability.
  2. Braving trust
  3. Living your values
  4. Learning to rise


Four Character Strengths that sit in the virtue of courage:

  1. Authenticity and honesty
  2. Perseverance
  3. Zest or energy
  4. Bravery


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