NetworkingAny career coach will advise you that statistics show the key to finding a job is through networking. So you find an appropriate event, you dress for success, and you’re ready to network.  At the event, however, what do you do when you meet “the “talker” who only wants to chit-chat and doesn’t add information? If you continue talking, you’ll lose significant time and lose potential networking opportunities. You don’t have to feel stuck.  Simply assert yourself.  When you’re ready to meet someone else, simply say, “I enjoyed talking with you.  I promised myself to meet at least five other people, so will you excuse me? I hope you enjoy the event.”

If you fear you’re being impolite, realize that you may be doing the other person a favor because they can now meet someone else and so can you.  The most important promises to keep are the ones you make to yourself, so prior to any networking event, promise yourself to meet at least five people. Then, when you explain your reasoning for meeting other people, you’re being perfectly honest.  Now you have a new tactic to apply.  Enjoy your next networking event!

Hallie Crawford and Terry L. Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC
Certified Career Coaches

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StressThank you to Terry Wynne, one of our associate coaches, for this article. I had personally never heard of second-hand stress as a term, but it makes sense. You can be in the right career for you and still experience this kind of stress. And if it’s overwhelming, it can make that job no longer a fit for you long term. So be mindful of it. When you’re vetting out a new job, notice the atmosphere or energy in the office before you commit to taking the job. Here we go with Terry…

Heidi Hanna, author of Stressaholic: 5 Ways to Transform Your Relationship with Stress, believes you can pick up stress from others through what she labels as “second-hand stress.” This stress can spread like a virus and the office is one of the most contagious places to catch it. You may overhear disagreements or witness conflict, and in turn, react with physical tension. You can read more information in the following article: http://news.yahoo.com/avoiding-second-hand-stress-130000715.html, but meanwhile, here are some suggestions from Heidi Hanna:

  • Stay calm.
    (Slow down and try not to rush through tasks and appointments.)
  •  Take breaks.
    (Schedule a five-minute break every hour.)
  • Create a second-hand-stress-free culture.
    (Strive for an environment where everyone tries to decrease stress.)

Some work environments encourage workouts at a gym by providing time off, promote laughter through wholesome email jokes, or schedule regular company parties. In any case, as an individual, you’re responsible for managing your first-hand as well as your second-hand stress. If you need any help in doing so, many companies offer an employee assistance program where trained counselors will help you at no charge. If necessary, contact a counselor on your own. After all, relaxation may be a laughing matter, but uncontrolled stress is certainly no joke!

Hallie Crawford and Terry Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC
Certified Career Coaches

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I was thrilled to present this webinar recently to Georgia Tech Alumni. Go here to view the webinar recording and learn how you can define what’s most fulfilling to you in your work and personal life – and specific actions to create that sense of fulfillment every day through simple steps.

Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach

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Check out my latest YouTube video as I explain why Pivot Planet can be helpful in your effort to learn more about possible career paths when you are working towards defining your dream job. Informational interviews can be conducted for free using your network as well, but many people do not have the contacts necessary for the industries they are looking into. Pivot Planet can provide those contacts…

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

Career PathI was honored to be the featured guest at Emory’s Coach Chat program in January, “Brainstorming Your Career Choices”. The webinar about how to brainstorm additional career paths when you are wanting to identify your ideal career. Here is a link to the webinar recording. Enjoy!

Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coach

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Resume AdviceWhat goes at the top of your resume? We get asked this question all the time from our resume review clients. The difficult thing with resumes is they can be very subjective. You can find a lot of differing advice regarding the same topic – how your resume should be laid out, whether a functional resume is acceptable instead of a chronological resume, and whether you should have an objective statement at the top. Don’t they know what your objective is? It’s to secure the position you’re applying for right? Here’s a better, lengthier explanation of what to place at the top of your resume, from one of our own resume experts, Jasmine Marchong:

Objective / Profile summary:

Starting your résumé with a short summary / combined objective statement is preferable. Although objective statements were typical in the past, it’s not necessarily recommended. Objectives typically indicate your wants, instead you need to look at your résumé from the employer’s perspective, i.e. what skills do you bring? What value do you have that I can utilize? Why should I even read the rest of this résumé? Your profile/summary summarizes your expertise or value proposition, sets the theme for your resume and the rest of the résumé should be a validation of this. See examples below:

FINANCIAL ANALYST 

DRIVEN, HIGHLY MOTIVATED PROFESSIONAL…An energetic quick study and enthusiastic learner, with a track record of delivering immediate results.

MULTI-TASKER & QUICK THINKER…Manage multiple departments and projects, with a proven ability to follow thru regardless of circumstances.

SELF STARTER & TEAM PLAYER…Eager to learn and master the tasks and tools needed to excel in each position.

The bottom line is, you need to tell them why you’re qualified for the position, up front – right away. Remember the space on your resume is valuable real estate you want and have to use wisely! Thank you Jasmine for your advice :)

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach

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Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

Bucket ListA couple of years back a wonderful movie called The Bucket List was released starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It was the story of two friends who were getting on in age and decided to do everything that they had wanted to do all of their lives but never had gotten around to do.  The name was based on the humorous fact that they wanted to do all of those things before they “kicked the bucket”, or passed away, from old age.

Since that time the term “Bucket List” has become ubiquitous for putting together a list of things to do before you die. While it may sound a bit frivolous or silly, creating a bucket list is actually an endeavor that psychologists will tell you is very good for a person’s mental health.

The reason why is not exactly easy to explain but I’ll give it a try. As a person gets older they can sometimes have resentment, anger or regret that they never did all of the things in their life that they had dreamed about. This might include things like “going to Paris”, “kayaking down the Colorado River” or “learning how to sail”.

Not having done these things can sometimes, even if a person has been successful in their life and their career, leave them with the feeling that their life has been unfulfilling, unrewarding or “empty”.  These are negative sentiments that can adversely affect a person’s health.

That being said, making a Bucket List is a great way to allay those negative feelings as well as put those wants and dreams onto a big “to do” list.  Once there, and if financially feasible, a person can start actually doing and experiencing the things that they have been dreaming about their whole life.

For example, if you have always wanted to learn how to do ice carvings, seeing it on your Bucket List may be just the impetus you need to research “ice carving” online and find a place or a professional ice carver that’s willing to teach you.  The same thing can be said for practically any skill that you might want to learn including cooking, learning a new language, learning how to sew, learning how to write a book, etc.

Creating a Bucket List is a great way to “see” your dreams on paper and start making them a reality.  For many people just making their list is cathartic and can help to put their mind and their thoughts in a better place.  Making a Bucket List with your spouse or significant other can also be a great way to get to know each other better. Indeed, some of the things that you find out about each other might be quite surprising.

In terms of creating your Bucket List, there’s really no set rules.  Whether you want to use pen and paper or write your Bucket List items into your tablet or smart phone, what you do is simply make a list of everything that you’ve always wanted to do, see, create or experience.  Some people use a numerical system to denote how important an item on their Bucket List is.  For example, “seeing Paris” might be number 7 on their list while “learning to speak Italian” might be number 1.

No matter what you do, remember that there is no need to hold back when you create your Bucket List. Anything that you’ve ever wanted to do or experience should go on to your list, even if you may not be able to actually do it.  While it may take some time and effort to cross the “big” things off of your list, if you have a number of “small” things on there that you can check off as you do them you’ll find that your Bucket List, and making the things on that list happen, can be a thoroughly enjoyable and highly rewarding experience.

Hallie Crawford and Katie Weiser
Encore Career Coaches

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