I was looking through some posts from last year and found this one still applicable, so resharing for the new year.
It's that time of year again when we make resolutions that we hope will improve our lives. Lose that extra 10 pounds, drink less alcohol, eat healthy. All good resolutions. But we all know we'll be back off the wagon by Cinco de Mayo. How about this year, will you do something truly life changing? Something that WILL make a LONG TERM improvement in your life? While some of you may be lucky and currently working your dream job, most are not. If you're one of those wishing you loved going to work every day, but dreading your current situation, make it your resolution to change it. Yes, that's right. The perfect job IS waiting for you out there. You need to find it.
In both my work with leadership development and job coaching, I see people every day who are in a job that suits them so well, inspires them so much, that the word 'work' barely comes into their vocabulary. You can too.
So, where do you begin?
1. First you need to figure out what that new job looks like. What is it that you're 'meant' to do. I wrote a blog one time about doing 'Do What you Cannot Not Do". It's powerful stuff. You need to start there. If you don't know what that looks like, hire a good career coach who will help you discover what you're meant to do.
2. Brush up your resume. Get that tired old outdated document out of the computer files and bring it up to date. Resumes look different today than they did 15 years ago. You've accomplished things that need to be reflected there. Again, a job coach can help you create a resume that will get you invited in for interviews.
3. How's your LinkedIn profile? Is it branded well? Do you know what you should be doing in LinkedIn EVERY DAY to be noticed? This is the real key to a successful job search. Understand what LinkedIn can do for you and it WILL happen.
4. What companies in your area would be a good culture fit for you? Make a list. Discover who your contacts are in those companies and schedule some informational interviews.
5. Network, network, network. Simply get out there, both online and in person, and connect. Let people know what you want.
6. Interview - nail it! There's a lot of literature out there about interviewing techniques. Find someone to help you prepare.
7. Learn about negotiating. It's not only ok, it's pretty much expected. Don't be afraid. Do your homework on compensation, prove your value, and get what you deserve.
There you have it! A 7-step plan to change your life by making a different kind of New Year's Resolution. Good luck! I wish you all happiness, health, and satisfaction in your work.
I meet women all the time who have reached a point in their lives where they know they need/want something more. In most cases, they’ve spent years in the corporate world, working for someone else and building their skills. With that behind them, and beginning to look ahead at their lives, they are looking for something more. Often, they’ve already been through the process of seeking a new job, only to discover that the corporate world isn’t welcoming them with open arms any more. They’re ‘old’, demand too high a salary, or won’t want to stay around. As sad as this is, it does appear to be reality for many women over the age of 50. Now, keep in mind, 50 is still young! When the average life expectancy of American women is 80.5 years, according to lifescience.com, these women still have many years ahead of them. They bring experience, wisdom, maturity and a strong work ethic. Seems like these are qualities any organization would relish, but such does not seem to be the case.
So what are these bright, talented, vibrant women expected to do? That remains a question. Few wish to simply retire to sit in a rocking chair. They still have much to contribute to society, business, and the world. I’ve worked with many who choose an alternative. Some choices have included self-employment, volunteering, or part-time employment. In most cases, they finally fulfil that long desired dream they’ve carried throughout their lives. They have reached a point where it’s ok to step away from the corporate world and live their lives for themselves. All too many of us grew up with expectations of what we thought others thought we should be: a housewife and mother, a doctor, an administrative assistant or some other profession where we worked for someone else. This group of women are breaking all the molds and finally realizing they can live their dreams.
It’s not an easy road and there are few examples to follow. After all, the generation before us was widely filled with women who were full time housewives. Sure, there were woman who worked, but this was the exception rather than the norm, and often out of necessity. Rare was the woman who completed college and followed a profession other than secretary or teacher. So, here they are, reaching a point in life where they are no longer welcome in the corporate world, yet young enough to still have the desire and energy to make a difference. It’s no easy path.
Working with these women, coaching them to see the possibilities, rather than the limitations, is exhilarating! They positively light up to have someone listening to their dreams, telling them “Yes! You can do it!” I’m working on a project to facilitate these transitions; to help women step away from the corporate world they’ve felt tied to, and step into a life that is fulfilling, rewarding, and accepting of all they have to offer. Are you one? Are you seeking answers to how to get there? I’m currently gathering information and would love to hear your story, your struggles. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk. Be part of creating something that will help others, like you, live a life they’ve always dreamed of.
Over the course of coaching hundreds of individuals in successful job searches, I’ve developed a list of my favorite tips. Each applies across the board and is key to landing your next job. This being #GivingTuesday, I thought I would share my list with you.
For more interesting statistics on the job search, click HERE.
Do you have a favorite tip? Please share it. I'd love to see my list grow!
Andrea's passion is to see you achieve your professional dreams. Whether you are a corporate leader seeking leadership development for your employees or an individual seeking guidance in building your career or preparing for retirement, she will coach you to success.