Friday, March 30, 2012

Are You Still Waiting?

Recently, I saw another client who had worked with me about one year ago to try and identify a new and different career. She was unhappy in what she thought was her present sales career; however, what was really going on was that she was unhappy with her present employer. Once she realized that, she decided to stay and try sculpting her job to better meet her needs...and it did not work.  However, she managed to add  new skills during her extra year on the job, and now she is back again, ready and able to search within her current field, but with the addition of newer and better skills. She is bright, saavy and a go-getter with excellent  skills. She understands the power of both social and in person networking and instead of whining about her problems (her present position will be eliminated by the end of the spring), she is best positioning herself for a fruitful job search, and I will be there to assist her.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Can an Old Skill Become a Marketable Skill?

A client of mine disappeared for a year. Today, he was back. Why did he disappear--he says that he needed a break from jobhunting..but what he was really doing is being proactive in another area of jobhunting....developing his skills. In his case, he took an old, unused- for- a- while skill and started practicing it again, and earned a little money along the way. How did this benefit him? He redeveloped something that he had done early in life, he gained a new network, he added to his nearly empty coffers, and most important of all, he has a new career path. He was proactive, and good or him.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Figuring Out What is Next

My newest client now has her first real fulltime job out of school...but is having concerns about future education already. She knows that she wants to go on to an advanced degree but does not know in what. She realized that she needs several years of work experience before she figures it out, but is already concerned. While I am a big believer in planning ahead, I advise caution....one or two years of job experience can change one's perspective greatly. Unless you are sure of what you want to study, and are sure that at the end of spending lots more money and lots more time in school, there will be a good job, concentrate on building your professional background and leave thoughts of further education to the future.

Friday, March 9, 2012

She Has the Skills

A current client of mine just got a job only a few appts into her program with me; she is recently out of her undergraduate education. Why was her search so easy? I would like to say that it was because of my great coaching skills, especially in interviewing preparation but rather it was more likely the fact that she has the specific skills set valued by employers. In her case, as an undergraduate and in part time positions while in school, she learned grant writing skills growing out of her English major; that coupled with a background in volunteerism earned her a position with a local non profit and a very nice salary and benefits package.

What is the lesson here? Have the skills needed by the employer and make a case for it. Match your resume to the job description. Don't know what your skills are, what employers in your area are looking for, how to get the skills? Consult a career coach.