Monday, December 5, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
This is your career/job transition, not the coach's. You are the person who has to do the work. Will it be frustrating at times...time consuming...seemingly endless?? You bet! Why?- have a look of our economy for the answer. Unless you are fortunate enough to be a part of a profession where there is demand, and you can follow that demand, be aware. Remember that if you work 40 hours per week, it can and will take 40 more hours per week to find new employment, unless you are one of the lucky few.
You have someone in your corner, however...your coach. Cooperate with him/her. Book and keep your appointments on a steady basis...do not lose momentum. Work your network, keep your spirit strong, build your skills and take care of yourself and keep trying. Those are today's tickets to success.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Are you unhappy in your career? Are you unhappy in your job?
If you are, there are many people out there just like you. So what do you do? Do you do the "same old, same old" and expect something to change? Do you do something (like work with a career coach) and then not follow through with assignments or make and/or keep appointments? Do you whine and complain that things are not happening fast enough or at all?
If any of the above describes you, it's time to get moving! Nothing will change unless you begin and then stay with the process. It only takes one networking contact, one job lead, one effort to turn the corner in your career. Be positive, keep at it.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
If you think that your career might be stalling because of your poor writing and/or public speaking skills, and you are looking for coaching in either or both, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am a CT and VA certified English teacher, who has also taught Writing, including Business Writing as well as Public Speaking on an university basis.
I will not write business reports, etc for you, but I will edit and proofread, at the same time coaching you to do the same. I will not write your public presentation for you, but I will get you ready to write and present it yourself.
Let me help you present your best self and finally learn those skills you never quite got when you were in school.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Modern interviewing may no longer be the standard one on one conversation in a private room, or even one versus a panel of interviewers in a private room. Today's interviewing may and can include time spent with potential colleagues or direct reports, and even a formal presentation to an audience of any size.
Be aware that when you interview, it may be suggested first that you sit with some future colleagues and/or potential direct reports to you. Do not be fooled...this is still an interview and how you interact...the comments you make, the questions you ask, will all be mulled over and reported back to the hiring manager. ...will you fit in? are you knowledgeable about the company...the industry? Be yourself...but be prepared.
The next step may also be a formal presentation, with you as the presenter. A topic will be suggested and you will be expected to prepare and speak for the amount of time allotted. What do you do? You research your subject, practice your presentation, have a look at the room and check your equipment beforehand, dress appropriately, know everything that you can about your audience before you meet them, and then do your best. The key here is preparation, so call in a consultant with a background in public speaking preparation (like me!) to get you ready. Remember, the most sought after skills by any employer today are communications skills...the ability to read, write, listen and speak well. If you can do all of these well, you can do anything.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Review what you most dislike about your current career. Make sure that the things you most dislike are not your boss' personality, etc. Make sure that your reasons for wanting the career change are sound and not colored by emotional issues. This may not be easy; is it the career or just some aspect of the job that needs to change? Do you want/need more salary? Changing careers may mean starting all over again. Do a cost/benefits analysis. Evaluate your costs for training/education against the anticipated starting salary in the new career. How long will it take you to see a positive return?
Visualize your "perfect' job. For whom are you working? What kind of a boss do you have? What are you doing? Where are you doing it? When are you doing it...time of day? Why are you doing it? What sense of value do you get? This comes from your work values. Make sure that your work values match those of the considered career. If they do not, and you cannot compromise on at least some, then the considered new careers may not be for you. FOCUS- get crystal clear about your core work values...Would you love this new career so much that you can happily put up with all the "stuff" that comes with it?
Make an action plan. Be realistic. This is WORK!
What are the skills needs in the new career? Do you have at least some of them? Remember that once you begin your new career it will be a shock, and having at least some transferable skills will help.
Research! Target a few people whose careers you admire and interview them. How did they get to where you think you want to be? Volunteer. Can you run "parallel" careers for at least a while? It may take several years until you are established. Look at this as a series of steps.
Do not change careers solely because of financial considerations. Do not do so because of pressure from others. Can you take your present career and "sculpt" it to make it more palatable? If so, it might not be worth it to change careers at this time.