Learnings From Landings: James Doyle

Job Seach

Learnings from Landings is a series of interviews with ExecuNet members who have agreed to spend a few minutes with Tony Vlahos, Host of ExecuNet Master Class, to talk about their experiences in the job search market. You can tune in to hear other executives like you talk about what worked, what didn’t, and what they learned in the process.

This time, Tony mixes it up a bit and is speaking with James Doyle, Human Resources consultant and author of Hope for Life: Being Your Best Self When You Need it Most. James has wonderful inspiring views on how to maintain a positive outlook and to nurture hope within one’s spirit when the challenges of life feel overwhelming. His concepts can certainly be applied to job seekers who are feeling defeated by the challenges of the job market and the loss of identity they are feeling.

As always, we strive to bring you trusted advice that can transform your career, how you work, and the way you live.

James, who lost a son last year, likens losing a job to the loss of a loved one. There is a profound sense of loss and time is required to heal. James advises one adopt the mindset that “It’s less about me and more about how do I heal and move on to the next opportunity in life. What is the next scene in my life going to be like. We must learn to let go and to live with uncertainty. We must be able to be committed to an outcome without knowing how to get there.”

James advises shifting away from old thinking and seeking answers to questions that won’t be answered and instead to look for possibilities and opportunities – a mindset that is difficult to achieve but necessary when dark times loom.

Listen to Tony talk with James about hope and being one’s best self.



William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

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