GraduatesI encourage not just new grads to read the recent Accenture 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey because it reveals important trends about the workplace for professionals from new grad to mid-career. Here’s an excerpt:

“The research reveals that many companies are not providing the talent development and training programs expected by recent college graduates. The vast majority of students graduating from college in 2014 (80 percent) expect their first employers to provide them with a formal training program, however, 52 percent of students who graduated from college in the past two years say they did not receive training in their first job.”

Also check out the, What Awaits 2014 Grads in the Working World?—Infographic

This reminds us of one of the #1 mistakes professionals make in managing their career development – not finding a mentor. It’s on you to do this now. Gone are the days of apprenticeships; your company may or may not provide a mentoring program. It’s up to you to take charge of your success and development by finding a mentor and taking charge of your own education when necessary. Now this doesn’t mean shell out thousands of dollars you don’t have for a training program. But find ways to educate yourself – books, free online training (courser.org for example), or ask your employer if they will assist. The bottom line is, it falls on you to be proactive about your progression.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

P.S. Be sure to check out our LinkedIn Consulting Program where you can learn how to effectively leverage your LinkedIn account for your job search and ongoing professional development.

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Check out my latest YouTube video as I talk about one of the most important components of your LinkedIn profile. Especially relevant career advice for recent grads conducting a job search, but also relevant for professionals in career transition. What your picture should look like, and why it’s so critical…

Read more in the WSJ here

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

Job SearchAlmost every time I speak to a client and mention informational interviews, they don’t know what I’m talking about. Or they don’t know how to find people to conduct them, how to set them up professionally, what questions to ask, and how to stay in touch. Once we get into this topic they have a million questions to ask about the nuts and bolts of how to handle them. This is a radio interview from late 2013 that we wanted to circle back to, to help you understand how this critical tool works, and can work in your favor.

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Hallie Crawford
Career Coach

P.S. Are you in the ideal career for you? Find out if you’re in the right career with our Ideal Career Quiz.

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NetworkingFor many people the word networking does give them a pit in their stomach, especially introverts. But, what you resist persists. You have to learn to embrace networking not just for your job search but also for your long term career success. You can do it in a way that works for you! This radio interview will show you how. But, you have to do it. Listen to this 20 minute radio segment to learn how you can embrace, not avoid, networking and use it to your advantage.

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Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coach

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New GraduatesI was honored to be a guest again with Matt Jones on Q100 and Cumulus Stations here in Atlanta. This 20 min audio is from our segment regarding job search advice for new graduates. Listen here

Hallie Crawford
Ideal Career Coach

P.S. How do you know if your resume is good? Take this Resume Quiz to find out how to keep your resume out of the trash can.

WorkOne of the toughest things about change in the workplace is there is a lot of resistance to it. Resistance is all about not truly understanding why the change has come about. Why can’t we stay in the status quo? It’s helpful if leaders take the time to explain to employees the “why” of change and to paint the picture of how the change is going to increase revenue, improve employee satisfaction, or make things run more smoothly. If you are one of those employees who is resisting the change or a manager responsible for making change happen…below are five tips to help yourself or others move along the spectrum of acceptance.

1. Ask for understanding. Talk with a manager or supervisor to understand the bigger picture. Discuss how the change is going to affect your job. You may find that it does not which may be a relief. If it does, then ask some probing questions:

  • How specifically will the processes or procedures you use now be changed.
  • What is the timeframe for the “new” ways to take effect.
  • What training will be required of you.

Having this knowledge will help alleviate concerns. Be proactive, don’t listen to the gossip going around the company of how “bad” this is going to be. Straight answers from your manager or supervisor are the best.

2. Focus on what you are gaining, not what you are losing. In times of change, everyone focuses on what they are losing. Often, change can be a welcome job enhancer by moving out of a comfort zone and into a stretch zone. It could also use talent that plays to your strengths. New work relationships may result if there is restructuring going on. So, reframe a perceived loss by asking what am I gaining?

3. Be patient with yourself. Learning anything new takes time. You may find yourself working crazy hours because there is a steep learning curve. But, in six weeks time – it will become the new normal. Cut yourself some slack!

4. Be an advocate for the change. Those around you will be struggling with resistance. Misery loves company. Stay out of the complaining and whining that others do. Help colleagues to understand the big picture. Step out and be a leader yourself in helping make the change happen.

5. Take care of yourself. Change is stressful and it takes a toll on the body. This is the time to hit the gym, take a walk, meditate, reflect, eat healthy. Taking care of the body, helps the brain to also chill out.

The old saying goes, change is inevitable, growth is optional. So true. Change can be viewed as an opportunity to reach a higher potential. Growth always includes some kind of change and learning. So, take the time to understand, focus on the gain, be patient, be an advocate and take care of self. Change is always around the corner — go with the flow!

Hallie Crawford and Katie Weiser
Atlanta Career Coaches

P.S. Be sure to check out our LinkedIn Consulting Program where you can learn how to effectively leverage your LinkedIn account for your job search and ongoing professional development.

MeditationI was recently in Los Angeles for a three day marketing conference to learn how to be a better marketer in my coaching practice. It was an awesome learning experience and an eye opener which led me to try something new which I had previously dismissed as “not for me”.

I found myself in a room with a lot of holistic healers. Hmm…I was in sunny California with lots of sprouts, avocados, veggie and fruit juicing, massage therapy, meditation, and spiritual leaders… and just a downright relaxed attitude. Not something a Type -A, New Yorker like myself could easily get into. But, this time it caused me to PAUSE.

The facilitator used meditation every morning to help us to center ourselves and be ready (in a calm way) for the very long day and to be open to whatever happened in the day. Okay a little woo-woo, and I admit I kept one eye open during the process. But, as I focused on my breathing, became still and just listened to her guided meditation, I really liked it.  When I got home, I investigated further. My research led me to chakras, Om, mantras, inner peace, and creativity. It was fascinating to me.  So when I received an e-mail from Oprah introducing me to Deepak Chopra’s free 21 Days of Guided Meditation, I decided to try it. I found that being a skeptic actually helped as I learned to just let the negative labels go and be in the moment. I also found that I gifted myself with 20 minutes of quietness each morning. I felt less stress and anxiety as I started my day. So, now I am a believer and new practitioner of meditation.

When you think about the amount of time that you give to your career, think also about taking a break during each day to take care of yourself as a way to refresh. A 2011 study in the journal Cognition overturns a decades-old theory about the nature of attention and demonstrates that even brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one’s ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods. So, think about a walk around the office, exercise during your lunch break, take a walk on the company campus or the streets of your city, find a quiet place to meditate, take an actual break for lunch away from your desk, or find a serene place to phone a business contact or friend just to see how they are doing.

Often we just say, I don’t have time for that. That is actually what I thought about meditation – who has time for it? So, do one thing for yourself that breaks up your day. Think about what new ways you could take a mental break from your hectic work day — something you have turned your nose up at in the past in the name of “I don’t have time”. Why not PAUSE and reframe your rejection to one of acceptance and a “try it” attitude. You may just find something you love that will be part of your life that will give you that spark of creativity and boost your energy and productivity…I did. Namaste.

Hallie Crawford and Katie Weiser
Certified Career Coaches

P.S. Are you in the ideal career for you? Find out if you’re in the right career with our Ideal Career Quiz.

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Pay cutI was thrilled to work with Jada Graves again for a US News and World Report article about, How to Handle a Demotion and Pay Cut. Remember, if you think this is happening to you, find out why and determine if they are things you can work on.

Hallie Crawford
Ideal Career Coach

P.S. Be sure to check out our LinkedIn Consulting Program where you can learn how to effectively leverage your LinkedIn account for your job search and ongoing professional development.

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