Often, people are uncomfortable about selling let alone selling themselves, in a job hunting situation, to someone they don’t know. Funnily, some of the worst offenders are sales and marketing people who have no problem selling cars, cereal or cool things that you didn’t need or want! So what’s the answer. Treat yourself like a product. Read More
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Creating SMART Goals for Your Career
Anyone that has any hopes of being successful in their career has to have goals. Goals are what make everything in life achievable. Without goals, we wouldn’t get very far in life. Read More
Job Action Day is about looking for opportunities not just in the traditional avenues of full-time jobs but also in part-time, freelance or other work opportunities. For this special day I am offering anyone without a job 25% off of a Resume Rewrite or any Coaching Services.
At some point during your lifetime, you may find yourself dealing with a job layoff. The whole idea of a layoff is one of the most frightening things that many people keep in the back of their minds every single day. Since our country has recently gone into a recession, more and more people are starting to worry that their job may not be there tomorrow. Read More
After You Finish Your Degree — Tips for College Graduate Job Hunters You’ve finished your degree and now what? Obviously, you want a job or do you? What are your options? Read More
Need to pay the bills until you sell that script? Studying for your next career move and need some extra money. Or laid off and still looking but your mortgage is looking to get paid. You need a survival job.
It can be useful – no essential – to find out who you are so you can market your uniqueness.
Career and personality assessments are a great way to go.
Online, short assessment to determine personality type according to Jung and Meyers Briggs’ psychological research.
Temperament Sorter – based on Meyers Briggs. Free assessment plus more complete report at reasonable cost. Keirsey is very well regarded.
Now, Discover Your Strengths: Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton
This book explains Gallup’s Strength Research. Includes access code to online assessment of your own strengths.
Buy from any bookstore or online.
Emotional intelligence is a fairly new area for analyzing your personality and leadership skills. This site has a reasonably priced assessment.
1. Even if you have a job this is not the time to hide out and forget all about your career. It’s the perfect time to plan what comes next.
One of my clients has a job he doesn’t like but in this climate he’s not giving it up soon either. He’s also not giving up on his true career. In fact we are working on what comes next. He knows what he wants but he hasn’t believed he could do it mostly because his family didn’t give him any encouragement. That’s where I come in, working though his limiting beliefs and coming up with practical ways of making his dream job a reality.
2. Put your toe in the water before diving in.
Many of my clients believe that they have have to give up their job to follow their true calling. In a good economy it may be OK to quit a job knowing that you can find a part-time to help with the bills or another full-time job if the dream doesn’t work. But not now.
One of my clients had a day job he hated. He wanted to be a full-time writer but with a family to look after he couldn’t give it all up and move to Montana or Montenegro or Monmouthshire. We worked on how he could transition to his writing career, not by giving everything up but by gradually working on the switch. He started with working on a blog that he could do in his free time and that would begin to produce income that eventually would replace his daytime job.
3. If you’re unemployed be bolder and bigger.
The odds are tough. There are more people looking for jobs than opportunities. So it doesn’t work to be restrained and small in your search. What works in a good job market doesn’t work now.
I am working with a very talented professional in the entertainment business. After a while being out of work we started to work together. Before he had easily got a job by applying online and with the help of a few friends. In this market we worked on increasing his network, gaining mentors and thinking of alternative strategies like working on a “trial” basis and consulting on a contract.
If You Can’t Sleep You Won’t Dream
It’s great to have a dream job but it’s even more important to have a roof over your head and food on the table. Sometimes one of the steps towards your dream job is getting the survival job so you can be at peace and be open to working on your dream job.
1. Believe in Your Dream.
If you start out thinking that your dream job is just a dream with a bunch of “what ifs”, “buts” and “I can’ts” then your dream job will always be out there and never right here. It’s trite but anything is possible unless we listen to our “stories” and then everything’s impossible!