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Check out my latest video as I discuss this recent article that has career advice and ideas about finding a job you love. In this video, I share a few additional ideas with you about how to handle that process of identifying your dream job. Hint, find something you are not just passionate about, but also naturally curious about. Listen to learn why this is important.

Read Article Here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-cant-job-love-102300258.html

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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Career IdeasWe have clients all the time who have trouble coming up with a list of things they want in a job. It’s hard to pull things out of the air sometimes, especially when most of what you come up with are things you don’t want to have instead of what you do want to have.

My career coaching client Margaret in Atlanta said she had a hard time pulling ideas of what she wanted out of thin air. This is understandable, it can be difficult to define what you want when you haven’t had anything you have really enjoyed work-wise in the past. So here are a couple of ways to help you overcome that obstacle.

First, ask friends and family when you are hanging out with them in the next few weeks – what do they like and dislike about their jobs. This will give you tangible examples of things you can add to your list as you go. You don’t have to interview them, just weave it into the conversation. Ask them a couple of questions and boom – you’re good to go.

Second, when you’re brainstorming career ideas, look outside your zip code, even if you are not willing to move. Finding jobs that look appealing, even if they are in other locations, can give you a list of things you want to have. Or at least the beginnings of a list – that you can add to your ideas about what you want. Having a tangible example of a job that looks appealing to you is not only informational because it gives you ideas about what you would like to have, but it is also incredibly motivating because, you feel like you have finally found something that you could enjoy doing. Once you have those examples, it helps you being to paint the picture of what you want instead, rather than focusing on why you are so unhappy at your current job. So go ahead, use keywords for talents, interests, and possible career ideas inside but also outside your zip code. It will help you expand your thinking just a little more, to capture and create that image of your ideal job. This can help you not just find a job, but find the right career path for you.

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach

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Career IdeasI was talking with my associate career coach, Stacy, recently and it reminded me of something I wanted to share with you. One of her career coaching clients has been in banking all her life. She sees herself as a banker and others do as well. As a result, she could not brainstorm career ideas outside of banking because she couldn’t get past that filter. Here’s a quote from Stacy’s client about her experience:

“Stacy’s coaching process shook me out of that filtered approach so I could really see that my talents and passion could be applied in ways I had forgotten. I am really excited and tremendously grateful about the possibilities I’ve rediscovered through this process.”

Stacy had to take time during coaching with her to break that mold so she could help her think outside the box. She helped her jog some memories as well of past work experiences. In college her client was a docent at a museum. First, she had not thought of that as a possible career path (working at a museum). Second, she almost had forgotten about that experience even though she loved it at the time!

This happened to me recently at a meeting with Barb Henry who is the director of alumni services at Oglethorpe. She gives students the advice of asking their roommates parents for networking connections. These students don’t think of that because, they are just their roommates parents – not someone who works! But lo and behold, when she mentioned this to a student recently they realized, their roommates’ father works at Coca-Cola and she was off and running.

Remember to think outside the box when it comes to choosing your industry, or how you perceive the people you know, and how you walk down memory lane. This will help you remember past experiences that you may have forgotten or not considered as  viable career options.

Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach

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Here’s my latest video where I discuss the struggle of brainstorming career ideas. Career coaching clients often askme , “How do I make sure I’m covering my bases regarding brainstorming career ideas.” Here are 4 easy ways to brainstorm additional possible career paths for you in the next 2 weeks. Helpful Tools: www.mypursuit.com and www.onetcenter.org are great resources!

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

WorkforceI was honored to be quoted in this article recently about returning to the workforce and the typical challenges people face doing so, Goldman Wants You Even If You’ve Been Unemployed Five Years. As I mention in the article, I find that lack of confidence is usually the biggest obstacle people face in re-entering the workforce.

We all discount our natural talents to a certain extent. I do this all the time. My mom has to remind me and she quotes me sometimes. I ask her who said that, and she says she got it from me! I discount my ability to make connections between career ideas that other people wouldn’t. To hear what a career coaching client isn’t saying or is afraid of, or to help them identify what’s most important to them, for example.

When we do something that comes so naturally to us, we often assume either 1) it isn’t a true talent or 2) others are as good at it as we are just because it comes so easily to us. When you’ve left the workforce, this becomes worse because you either haven’t used those talents or skills at all. Or if you have it might not be in a traditional work setting so you overlook them because you think they don’t count. You need to realize they DO count. Maybe your skills are rusty, but if they’re something that comes naturally to you, they’re not gone.

Perhaps you need to take a re-fresher course in presentation skills, Microsoft Excel or other software. But it’s like riding a bike, if you’ve done it once, you can do it again. You also need to realize that re-entering can be a chance for you to re-invent yourself as well. This might be your opportunity to enter into a new field or use your skills in another way. So think positively, and figure out how this can be an opportunity rather than an obstacle.

If you’d like more help with returning to the workforce, contact us today for a complimentary consultation.

Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coach

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Career PathI was working with one of my group coaching clients, Hailey, and we were talking over our online career forum. She kept mentioning over and over her passion for running and fitness. She shared how important it was to her, as well as how important it is for personal growth. I reminded her of something that I wanted to share with you as well.

What we want most for others is typically what we want most for ourselves, and vice versa.

Here is some food for thought this week to help you define possible themes for your career ideas. Think about what you feel strongly about for yourself. Is that something you want for others, so much so that you would consider pursuing that for a career path?

Hallie Crawford
Ideal Career Coach

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Career SearchWith so many employees having to remain in the workforce longer than they anticipated, it’s critical to help them find the right career fit as well. In some cases, when you’ve been in a certain industry for a long time, it can be harder to think outside the box and see yourself in a different role than you’ve been in before.

What if you didn’t like your last career very much which is part of why you’re leaving? One of the things you need to do is brainstorm with friends and family. Work with them to consider other career ideas beyond your former job using a brainstorming technique like mindmapping. You can simply take out a large sheet of paper. Write down the keywords that describe your previous job such as financial analysis, financial analyst, data management or whatever tasks you typically performed. Then write those down. Using thesaurus.com as well as just thinking out loud, write down other words that are related to this and do a quick search using those words on the job boards or on www.mypursuit.com for example. These sites can help you brainstorm ideas.

I’m thrilled to announce we also have someone to help you with your search for that second or final career path for you. Katie Weiser is a Board Certified Coach whose passion is to help clients achieve their career dreams. You can contact us to speak with Katie here.

Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coach

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Career JourneyI received an email from a former career coaching client who is starting to live his dream. I wanted to share his story with you for inspiration and also for a few tidbits of advice. I think many people can relate to feeling this frustrated, and could learn from his career journey. Here are some tips from Braeden’s story:

1) Braeden’s career journey has taken some time. I try to remind my career coaching clients often that their dream job won’t just land in their lap. It takes time and effort to pursue and make real. It can take several steps to get there. Braeden says he’s at the beginning of what he wants to do long term – the first rung on the ladder.

2) Braeden combined several passions into one, Latin America and economics. Often my clients have career ideas and they keep them very separate, it’s this or this. Try combining your ideas. See if that improves them or allows you to develop a completely new idea.

3) Braeden said that he stumbled his way along. Career transition can be messy, and not go according to plan sometimes. That’s normal and does not mean you’re on the wrong path. This is part of the process. Make a plan but be flexible with it, and if things don’t go exactly according to that plan don’t read into it assuming you’re on the wrong track. Be willing for things to get a little messy along the way and try to be patient with it. Here’s an excerpt from Braeden’s email:

“…I currently work at the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration as a Brazil Desk Officer covering economic and commercial relations with Brazil.  I find it fascinating how a discussion four years ago on “American values” and Latin America has led me to a position shaping U.S. trade policy in Latin America.  I certainly don’t have a perfect job, but this is a great start and has put me in a great place.  I love my office, get along really well with my boss, and get to work on some big, meaningful issues.  Moreover, my exposure to economic and other issues Latin America has grown leaps and bounds and I feel I’m just beginning to understand the region.  I feel I have a lot to learn but have the ability to make a significant impact on real issues. It is no coincidence I am where I am.  Hallie set me on a path to a great new start.  I couldn’t have done it without her!”

If you think that career coaching can help you find your dream job, contact us for a complimentary consultation today!

Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach

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