• Changing Careers: The Why, The What And The How

    There comes a time in almost every career when you have to change directions. You have to take a step back or sideways in order to take a step forward. Maybe you have reached a ceiling in your current position and you’re no longer growing. Or, maybe you’ve simply lost your passion for what you’re doing and want to do something completely different.  Or maybe you are like a lot of people that I work with, and you settled for a career that was never really a good match for you to begin with. If so, that’s okay. It happens. You might even have the desire to start your own business. It doesn’t matter what the change is, what matters is how you approach it.

    Step One: The Why

    There are a lot of barriers that prevent ...
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  • LinkedIn’s Newest Feature: Career Advice

    When I coach clients on LinkedIn, I always make the distinction that LinkedIn serves as a networking tool first, and job board second. Its primary purpose is to help you make new connections and nurture your current ones, in order to support your long-term career growth.

    Since Microsoft purchased LinkedIn, we've seen a number of new features rolled out. The latest is Career Advice. This feature helps you to identify mentors within your industry who can provide advice, and possibly other connections. You fill out a short form about what type of advice you are seeking and LinkedIn will send you notifications with people who can support you. The concept of a mentor can be useful whether you are a job seeker, business owner, or otherwise.

    With or without this feature, seeking out mentors in your line of ...
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  • Transferable Skills: The Key Ingredient To Changing Careers

     

    The standard advice that job seekers receive when changing careers seems to be to “focus on your transferable skills.” Do an internet search for the term “transferable skills” and you’ll find a plethora of advice! But what if you don’t know exactly what that means? Or, you just don’t know what skills you have that are transferable? This is a very common and normal problem to have.

    It’s tough enough already to be able to write about yourself and articulate your skills in a resume. It’s even harder though when you are changing to a new field and need those skills to land you work in a different field.  Plus, as individuals, we never really see ourselves objectively. Most clients that I work with have a tendency to downplay their accomplishments and underestimate the ...
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  • 5 Tips To Land A Job After Being Let Go

    This week's article is a guest blog from Careerminds. Careerminds is a next gen career transitions company focusing on outplacement, retirement lifestyle planning, and leadership development coaching. They specialize in high-touch, high-tech solutions that give their clients personalized experiences while still using the most sophisticated technology on the market. For more information about Careerminds, please visit their website.  

    Job searches are always hard, but going through them after being let go can make them even harder. Not only is your morale low, but there is a sense of pressure to quickly find a job as to not feel the impact of lost wages. It takes an organization an average of about fifty-two days to hire on a candidate for an open position. While a month and a half might not seem like a long time, it is long enough to cause serious harm to the morale ...
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  • “Open Candidates”: What You Need To Know About LinkedIn’s Newest Feature

    Most job searches are confidential. Unless you’re retiring or relocating, it’s unlikely that you’d want your current employer to know that you are thinking about leaving. A few months ago, LinkedIn tapped into this concept by introducing Open Candidates.

    This a new setting that you can turn on and off in your profile to confidentially signal to recruiters that you are open to new opportunities. This feature is useful for you as a job seeker, and for recruiters. Often recruiters will reach out to potential candidates based on their LinkedIn profiles to build a pipeline of candidates. This new feature will now let them know that you are open to them contacting you about potential opportunities, which may increase the likelihood of them doing that.

    Unlike putting “Seeking New Opportunities” in your headline, this feature does not ...
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  • What Exactly Is A Job Search Strategy?

    I use the phrase “job search strategy” quite a bit with clients and I often wonder if I need to take a step back and explain what that actually means. It’s more than just fancy words that career coaches use to sell your services.

    There really is more than one approach to a job search and it matters very much which approach you choose. A strategy isn’t about the what, it’s about the how. Any time you craft a strategy to accomplish something, you are essentially asking yourself: How am I going to do this? What action steps will I take? What will be my message?

    Here’s a quick rundown of some of the components that make up your job search strategy:

    What type of jobs you look for: Are you looking ...
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  • Changing Careers: Where Do You Start?

    Changing career paths or industries is a common reason why people turn to a career coach. There’s a lot of moving parts to the equation. How do I explain the change on my resume? Will they pay me the same salary I had? Will I enjoy it, or regret it? Can I afford to take a risk in my career right now? These are all questions that I help job seekers answer.

    Personally, I’ve made two significant career changes myself. Three years ago, after a layoff, I made a clean break for a career in human resources and recruiting after six years in retail management, sales and corporate training. Then, just two years later, I transitioned again into what was my ultimate destiny all along, coaching others into personal and career transformation.

    Here’s some quick tips for ...
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  • Switching Gears: How To Approach Changing Careers

    There comes a time in almost every career when you have to change directions. You have to take a step back in order to take a step forward. Maybe you have reached a ceiling in your current position and you’re no longer growing. Or, maybe you’ve simply lost your passion for what you’re doing and want to do something completely different.  You might even have the desire to start your own business. It doesn’t matter what the change is, what matters is how you approach it. There are a lot of barriers that prevent more people from leaving where they are and doing what they really want to do.

    I’ve been in this situation myself, twice. I know what it’s like to start over. In my case, making the decision to change fields ...
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  • Entrepreneurship As A Career Path: Why Did No One Teach Me This In School?

     

    Every parent wants to set their child up for success when they are adults. We teach them the things we think they need to know like how to brush their teeth, how to stand up for themselves in a fight and find the square root of 17. But what if we aren’t actually teaching them enough usable life skills? Personally, I’m a strong advocate of teaching elementary school kids computer coding. The skills gap is very real in the IT industry and those who do have specialized computer skills will have jobs for life, and salaries in the six figures. Unfortunately, this isn’t what is being taught in schools across America.

    Here’s another question: Why aren’t we teaching our kids how to create a lifestyle of financial independence, in which they are not ...
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