Understand where your best job opportunities are and that there may be multiple steps to take before you achieve that ultimate goal. Sarah had been at the same small, local business since the start of her career. With changes in the organization, and a somewhat toxic new boss, she decided it was time to seek new opportunities. When we began working together, she set her sights high, on large, international companies in the Seattle area. Sarah did everything right, from creating a strong resume that spoke to her excellent work experience, networking and so on. And yet, this bright, skilled leader failed to succeed in her search....initially. I suggested to her one day that perhaps setting her sights on such large companies after a career at a small, local company was a bit of a stretch in their eyes. Sarah changed her strategy that day. She began identifying mid-size companies that needed her skill set and would recognize her value. In no time, Sarah landed a great job. One year later, she was thrilled with her work and had even succeeded in earning a promotion.
Have a great idea for your business, lay the groundwork, do the work, and watch it grow. Betsy was working in human resources, and doing quite well. She was, however, becoming increasingly unhappy in this organization and wished to return to consulting, something she had done years before. We worked together to create a strategy for her to launch a new consulting business. With a plan in place, Betsy was able to navigate the process of identifying the niche market for her business, put the structure in place, and laid the groundwork for gaining clients. Once everything was in place, Betsy left her job and launched her business within 6 months. Her business continues to flourish and she's able to do the work she loves while living the life she dreamed of.
Even an introvert can find a way to network comfortably and land their next job. Barbara is a software engineer. She was laid off from a large tech company in the Seattle area. Barbara is bright, talented and has great experience. Her biggest problem was her extreme introversion. She paled at the idea of networking, a major element of any job search. After more than 6 months of applying for jobs online, even with a great resume and LinkedIn profile, Barbara didn't have any success. She barely got interviews. One day, she walked into my office all smiles. When asked what was up, she said "I finally listened to you and used my network! And guess what? I have a new job!".