Archive for career fulfillment
I was honored to be featured in this recent WSJ article about asking for a raise, So, You Want a Raise… Being interviewed for this article made me think of some other pieces of advice I wanted to share with you to bring you fulfillment in your career. Here are some tips to help you get the raise that you deserve:
1) You should keep what I call a “running resume”. Keep track of your accomplishments throughout the year on a template or draft resume that you can update when it’s time to search for a new job OR ask for a raise. Keeping a list like this will help you remember those things we tend to forget, such as the positive feedback we got from a supervisor or a client. Or a project we worked on where our leadership skills really stood out. Keep these things in one place so you can refer to them when it’s time to ask for a raise or for a job interview for that dream job you want to land.
2) The information shared in your performance reviews should be no surprise to you or your boss. What this means is, ideally you and your boss have communicated so well during the year that you know what your expectations are and whether you’re meeting them. You know where you need to improve. You know how your boss feels about your work performance. Now this is in an “ideal world”, but you definitely should work towards it. Open, direct, positive communication between you and your supervisor will help ensure when you go in for that raise, you’ll get it!
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I wanted to share with you a story about my career coaching client, Richard. He is an engineer and received a wonderful performance review earlier this year. He also has gotten informal feedback from his boss and peers on a more consistent basis than ever. This wouldn’t be possible if he hadn’t put effort into building his confidence. If you want to see change in any area of your life, you have to take the initiative and do what is best for you. This is especially true if you are seeking career fulfillment.
If you are unhappy in your career, it’s important to really put yourself out there and tell people what you want. I credit Richard for all of his hard work. He has truly built up his confidence and has become more assertive throughout his career coaching process. He also has learned the importance of managing up (or managing his boss) more effectively. Nice work Richard!
If you found this inspiring or helpful to you, please share your story with us in the comment section below. Also, if you are interested in finding career fulfillment, please contact us today for a complimentary consultation.
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I am thrilled that my career coaching client, Damon, has decided what he wants to do long term with his career. He is combining his past experience as a business owner with his passion for managing projects and having a tangible outcome with real estate. He has decided what he wants, has a business plan in place and is already making connections in the industry.
After putting time and effort into evaluating his career path, he’s figured it out. The key to finding your dream job is figuring out what is fulfilling to you. Through our career coaching process, Damon thoroughly evaluated each of his ideas, including mediation as one possible path, and decided real estate was the best fit. Congrats Damon!
If you are having trouble finding fulfillment in your career, it’s time to get right to the heart of it. Do what it takes to find your dream job as soon as possible. If you’d like to learn more about career coaching and how it can help you, contact us today!
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It is important to consistently stay in touch with your peers in your industry, not just for networking purposes but to rejuvenate your interest in your field. I was excited to attend a CTI workshop recently, and this workshop really rejuvenated my interest in coaching. CTI is a coaching school that I attended years ago, and being back there with my fellow coaches for this workshop was like coming home for me. I felt like I was with “my people” again, and it renewed my energy and enthusiasm for being a coach. This is really something I think we all need to do. We can feel stale sometimes when we’ve been doing the same thing for a while!
I also wanted to mention to you a cool benefit I’m happy to give you. From that workshop, I have $200 off coupons for CTI’s core fundamentals course. If you would like one, I’m happy to mail it to you. They can be used anywhere in the US and would be useful for anyone wanting to improve their leadership skills, management skills, and relationship skills inside and outside the workplace. Just let me know! Here’s the CTI website to learn more: www.thecoaches.com
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Sometimes it’s hard to see clearly who we want to be right now, how we define success, and how to find career fulfillment over time. If things are blurry for you, try writing your Career Obituary.
Here’s how it works:
Fast forward 20 (or however many) years to your ultimate retirement party. Significant colleagues, loyal networking connections, and supportive friends and family are all in attendance. Several of your colleagues would like to say a few words about what it was like to work with you. What would you want them to say?
Move into a quiet, creative space, and write from a third person perspective about how people experienced you, the accomplishments they witnessed, and the value you brought to the table each day. After your draft is complete, observe the tone and the heart of the message. How far away is this person from who you are now? What choices are required in order to become this future self? What core values must you uphold?
This is one of many creative activities to challenge you during the career coaching process to take a different perspective and apply it to your current exploration and decision-making process.
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I was talking with my career coaching client, Damon, the other day and he brought up a great point. He shared with me that in his previous job he was always motivated by the fear of not making sales, opposed to the passion for making them. As he was trying to find career fulfillment, he decided this was not something he wanted to continue. Until we looked at it, he had never realized that his motivation came from that fear rather than inspiration.
You want to be challenged in your work and strive to be a better employee, but it’s important that you are motivated by passion and excitement, rather than the fear of failure.
Think about what motivates you this week at work. Is it a positive driving force, or a negative one?
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I recently gave a speech at the Georgia Tech Alumni group. They are a wonderful group of people who are really committed to finding greater fulfillment in their careers. We talked about the analogy of painted versus stained wood that I normally use in my speeches. It’s about not letting your authenticity be painted over so to speak by a coat of paint, like paint over wood. Instead, imagine that you use stain instead to bring out, or enhance your authenticity and tap into it.
Tap into your natural talents and gifts to be more authentic in your work. As I’ve said before in previous posts, go with your personality type in a job, not against it. That’s an uphill battle not worth fighting when you can try to find another career direction that better suits you.
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I highly recommend Ted Talks if you have never seen it before. I loved this video in particular, and wanted to share it with you. It’s about why we have too few women leaders, but it definitely applies to men as well. “Sit at the table” is my favorite piece of advice. You have to step up, speak up and engage in the conversation at work – stay involved. This is definitely worth watching, and I hope you enjoy:
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