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During one of my recent career coaching groups, client Brent admitted he had been attending our career coaching calls from some very interesting places at his company.

Brent is one of the most committed clients I have ever worked with. I’m constantly impressed with his positive attitude, his willingness to take a look at the tough obstacles in his way, and he is the first one to take action on our homework every week. On this call he admitted sometimes he coached with us in the janitor’s closet at his workplace. Talk about commitment!

This is what it takes guys, career transition isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes courage, a leap of faith, and a certain amount of risk. I’ve had clients coach with me in their car in their office parking lot, from the stairwell in their building, from a hotel lobby or and coffee shops. You have to do what it takes to make progress in your career transition!!

If you have similar stories where you had to take risks to stay committed, please share them with us in our comments section below!

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Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

 

One of the newest members of my April coaching group, Beth, reminded our group of an important lesson this week. You don’t always have to throw the baby out with the bathwater in your career transition. Sometimes just making a slight change in your career direction is all you need to find a career that is right for you.

Here is Beth’s story:

Beth went back to a career that she had done before and didn’t like (a pricing position), but this time she liked it a lot more because she was with a new company. Her manager and the corporate culture was a lot better with this new organization. She was pleasantly surprised. Now both the culture and the tasks were a fit for Beth.

Remember, culture and management style are a very important piece to your career satisfaction. Keep this in mind when you’re looking for your new career. You may be able to do something similar to what you were doing before, within a different organization, and it just might be the right fit for you! Thanks for sharing Beth.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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I was so excited to receive this email recently from a group career coaching client, Dana. She’s been in her job search mode for at least 4 months. The job she left was making her very unhappy, which put Dana in a tough place for awhile. I was always impressed by her positive attitude despite her circumstances, and her ability to take the principles we learned in our career coaching group and use them to her advantage. You’ll see here below that not only did she set and write down goals, she also visualized how she wanted to feel at a new job, the qualities it would have and her new ideal salary.

Hi Hallie,

Today, I was offered a position with the company that I worked for a few years ago … this is the position that I’ve been working on since October that I wrote you about a couple of times.

The salary is 2K above the figure I initially wrote on my Ideal Career Model (I later increased it by 10K), but that initial figure has been stuck in my mind. The real irony:  I’m making 2K more than my team lead at my previous company.

I attribute this $19,500K salary increase to the work that we did in group
— identifying and writing down our goals/desired salary, etc. and the law of attraction principles your practice is based on. I also wrote down and have been constantly saying to myself “I will have a better work environment/co-workers, better manager, better salary and better work.”  I know for sure that this is what I will encounter on my new job!!

Thanks sooo much for your support!!! I wouldn’t be having this bright future if I had not gone through your course.

Best,
Dana, Baltimore, MD

I’m pleased to share this letter with you for inspiration. Remember don’t just write down your goals. Visualize them in your mind’s eye as well, just like professional athletes do. See your goals as well.

Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coach

 

I was working with one of my evening coaching groups recently, and two of the women mentioned that they felt overwhelmed by the process of clarifying their career direction. They were progressing through their homework, but beyond that, felt like “How do I really know what I want to do? And am I really going to figure this out; it seems like such a daunting task?”  I explained to them that this is a normal feeling. I hear this from clients frequently and completely understand where they’re coming from.

I felt this way once too. It took me several years and a lot of work to realize my dream. At the beginning of my career transition I truly doubted whether I could enjoy my job and whether I would ever find something that fulfilled me. We see so many people unhappy in their jobs that it can be hard to believe it doesn’t have to be that way. The key that I shared with those two clients is to break the process down into steps.

Take it step by step, and realize you’ll figure things out along the way.

Don’t try to bite off more than you can chew! Each week you need to make your steps and goals realistic, and break those goals down into smaller steps whenever you need to. I’m reminded of the movie Finding Nemo. One of the fish, with the voice of Ellen Degeneres, says to Marvin (Nemo’s dad), who’s trying to find his son in the vast ocean, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming”.

Be persistent to reach your career goals!

Hallie Crawford
Career Transition Coach

 

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I was speaking with a coaching group client this week and he was saying how his confidence has always affected his job search. It’s been his biggest obstacle to finding his dream job. He doesn’t feel like he had anything to offer an employer, much less try to make a move into a different industry.

This is very common and I see it all the time with career coaching clients. They allow their fears, negative self-image, and lack of confidence to get in their way of making a career change.

These obstacles can stand in your way of taking a step towards the career AND life that you want. The first step is awareness. You have to know what you’re dealing with in order to face it!

Take some time in the next few days to sit down and identify your obstacles. What obstacles get in the way of you making a career change?

“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” ~Orison Swett Marden

Here’s to having a career you love!

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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I had a client in one of our coaching groups recently say to me she didn’t know what her challenges were or things she had to improve on. And, she wasn’t sure what her talents were either. I’ve been there, done that! Until we know what our talents are, it’s hard to define what career is right for us-and know how we stand out from the crowd.

Here are 2 great ways to get answers to these questions-by seeing ourselves through other’s eyes.

This comes from DailyOm. Blurb below and 2 examples of how to do this:

“Being with others is a wonderful way to learn more about ourselves. When we see the world through the eyes of other people we become more open to new ideas as well as differing viewpoints, since we are sometimes bound to our own opinions about how the world should be. This sense of blindness lifts when we are with other people, for the more open we are to them, the more we are able to see the various parts of ourselves that we have covered up. Others become a mirror reflecting parts of ourselves back to us and allowing us to see what is both wonderful about ourselves and what we need to improve.” DailyOm.com

1) A great way to uncover hidden skills or talents you don’t realize you have is to ask people who know you well. Ask them this week, what is my greatest strength or what do I do better than most people you know? Listen closely to what theu say. Take it in and don’t argue with them.

2) Also, don’t brush off compliments. We tend to do this in an effort to be humble. Guess what-you can be humble and also graciously accept a compliment. Let it in, say thank you when someone says they’re proud of you, or when they say you have a talent for something. Smile and truly accept it.

Here’s to having a career you love!
Hallie Crawford
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