Archive for career help
Watch my latest video as I discuss the question, “How do you know the difference between a hobby and your career path?” This question was asked on a recent career teleclass and brings up a great point. What is the difference between your personal interests and what you want to pursue as a career? Sometimes when you choose your hobbies as your career it can take the fun out of it. You have to be careful when making this decision. Be sure to ask yourself if it is something that you would want to do all day, every day.
My career coaching clients tell me all the time, they want to define their passion and define it as specifically as possible so they can then go out there and find the right job. This idea makes sense right? We all want to know what our dream job is. I help them drill down as far as possible in order to figure this out, but what I’ve found over the years of doing this as a career coach is that you also need to know when to stop drilling.
Here’s a client example: My client Bob and I kept drilling down about what he would be excited about in a career. He basically wanted to own a small business that had a positive impact in people in some way. When you look at this statement, it’s pretty vague. We kept trying to figure out and what kind of business he wanted to own. One day I realized we needed to stop doing this; his passion was business and running a business, not necessarily about a certain type of business. Of course, there were certain businesses he said he didn’t want to run – like a sub shop, a dry cleaner, or a business that would harm people or the environment in some way. The point was, that he wanted to own and operate a small business and make it as successful as possible. That was what was fulfilling to him, not what kind of business he was running.
Keep this in mind when you’re trying to clarify your career direction. You have to narrow it down as far as possible, but you also have to know when to stop.
Watch this YouTube video as I discuss the importance of reading your local newspaper in order to look for openings in your job search. I read the Atlanta Business Chronicle where I regularly find job opportunities. It may seem old fashioned, but it’s important to keep in touch with what’s happening in your area.
One of my career coaching clients recently sent me a copy of his sample cold cover letter to inquire with companies about possible openings. These are companies where he doesn’t know anyone so it’s very cold. This process is still worth doing though! Remember you need to diversify your job search strategies. You never know what will help you get your foot in the door.
His cover letter had one possible problem however; it said “Dear hiring manager”. We all know this isn’t ideal. Sending a cover letter with a generic greeting can easily be thrown into the circular file (a.k.a. the wastebasket.) You have to do everything you can to find out who the hiring manager is before you send your letter. Pick up the phone and ask the receptionist at the front desk. Look on LinkedIn. See if there’s a company directory online. Do whatever it takes to get that name.
It is always beneficial in the long run to go the extra mile to make an impression. It will be worth your time and effort. Do what it takes to stand out from the crowd!
If you’d like more help with your job search, contact us today for a complimentary consultation.
P.S. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my Career Audio Series for powerful advice and tools to help you identify your ideal career, navigate your job search and enhance your work performance
Finding your dream job sounds great right, but what if you can’t just jump ship? What if you’re stuck in your job for the time being because of financial reasons for example? I was talking to a client Anna about this the other day—sometimes we just have to make the best of where we are now. She can’t just quit her job; she’s in a dual income household that relies on her income. So for the moment at least, she has to make the best of it.
Watch this video to learn more:
How can you turn lemons into lemonade?
There are small things you can do that can have a big impact on your job satisfaction. How can you turn lemons into lemonade at your work? Make a list of the things that bother you at work (however long it is!) and start brainstorming. Do you need to take a break in the middle of the day-get outside and take a walk if you can, even for just 15 minutes? Taking a break can re-energize you. If you feel isolated in your work because you’re not getting enough interaction with others-schedule lunch and coffee dates with co-workers or friends. Find ways to get out of the office, or to socialize more within your office or office building. One of my clients simply wrote down a list of accomplishments at the end of her day-every day-and she felt so much more satisfied with her work simply because she had a clearer sense of what she’d achieved every day. It doesn’t have to be hard, try a few things and see what happens. It’s worth the effort when you just have to make the best of it.
Watch this message as I discuss how to get your foot in the door with companies while in job search. I will show you that volunteering your time can be a great way to move forward in your career transition.
Watch this message as I discuss how to get your foot in the door with companies while in job search. I give career transition tips to get an informational interview.
My career coaching client Denise was saying to me recently that she was trying so hard to remain positive in her career search, that she got frustrated with herself when she wasn’t able to always be optimistic. I think trying to stay positive all the time is counter-productive. Yes you want to lean towards optimism as much as possible when you’re looking for your dream job, but there are going to be days when you’re frustrated. That’s ok!
Sometimes we need to allow ourselves to get stuck in the mud a little bit in order to get out of it again. Instead of resisting the negative thoughts or feelings, it’s actually often more productive to address them, look them in the eye and figure out how to move through them. Otherwise they can come back to haunt you. You don’t want to always shove them under the rug. When you’re in your job search, go ahead and have a pity party sometimes if you have to.
I gave this advice as an assignment to one my career coaching clients years ago, Allison. I told her she was supposed to go home, eat ice cream and have a pity party for an hour. You have to allow yourself to feel and process your negative emotions in order to move through them in your career search. It’s ok to get stuck in the mud, just don’t stay there forever.
If you’d like further help in your career search please contact us today for a complimentary consultation.