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Believe in yourself

“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

When’s the last time you really believed in yourself?  Get honest with yourself.  When it comes to your career, when was the last time you believed that you could get that promotion or pursue your utopian career goals?

Let’s face it. The wear and tear of lack of appreciation or recognition for your contribution at work takes a toll on your self-esteem and confidence.  After a while you stop believing that what you do makes a difference, or that you really are capable of doing more, of contributing at a greater level.  So you start going through the motions.  Showing up for work when your heart really isn’t in it anymore.  That’s even more exhausting; you leave work tired, so you sit on the couch and watch TV numbing out your feelings so you don’t have to face the pain you are really feeling.  Yet that quiet voice refuses to be quiet.  It’s nudging you to step forward.  To take a chance.  To dream again.  To believe in you again.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”  ~ Henry Ford

If you feel frustrated in your current position, undervalued, unappreciated and feel called to do something else with your life you may wonder where to begin. Often as a career coach, I get asked by clients how to rediscover their passion and discover new options for the next chapter in their career.

In my opinion, one of the best career guide books out there is “What Color is Your Parachute” by Richard Bolles.  The seven stories analysis is a career assessment exercise that has helped thousands of job seekers discover truths about themselves.  Discovery hidden talents and unique abilities is what we use to develop their unique value proposition as part of their strategic job search plan.

“Believe in yourself!  Have faith in your abilities.  Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. “ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

As we begin a wondrous new year, I encourage you to believe in yourself again.  Believe in your dreams.  Give yourself permission to pursue your career goals –   a happier you, a more appreciated you, and a more meaningful career path awaits.  Begin.

Career Mapping

The approach we take to career mapping is based on the strategic planning tool of SWOT analysis.  This is a process where you take a hard look at your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, and plan accordingly.

SWOT analysis can be carried out for a product, place, industry or person.  It involves specifying the objective and identifying the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable to achieve that objective.  As it relates to your career, you map out your end goal.  Here’s some questions to get you started: 

What would you like to achieve?  Do you visualize your goals?  Do you have positive affirmations that help you live your goals?  

Completing a SWOT Analysis can help you tremendously by uncovering career mapping swot analysisweaknesses, discovering strengths and developing an action plan to overcome the obstacles that have prevented you from reaching your goals. 

Knowledge is Power 

Once you know the Truth you can be free.  You can empower yourself with the tools and resources you need to accomplish your wildest desires and grandest career goals.

This is a practical and simple tool that you can use. 
Okay then, let’s get started!
Make a list of all your strengths. In particular, consider what skills, knowledge and experience you have that makes you indispensable to your current employer (and future prospective employers).

You will also want to consider what the demand for these skills is in the marketplace. Think about your functional and technical skills as well as your soft skills.

Do you know how to perform market analysis? Business process improvement?  Project Management? Understand SEC reporting requirements? Are you great at motivating teams to peak performance? Are you the one that the CEO calls to use your diplomatic skills to facilitate tough negotiations?  Are you the “go to” person who builds consensus among stakeholders? Identify these.  These are the strengths that make up your value proposition.

Next, take an honest inventory of yourself.  List the areas where you can improve. What has been shared with you during performance evaluations? 

What items are relevant to the type of positions that you would like to have? After you identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities that you are lacking you can decide if you are willing to invest the time and energy to improve upon these skills.
Give yourself permission to dream.  If you could do anything in the world for your career, what would that be?  This is the step I like to hand my clients paper with blue skies and white puffy clouds. 

Dream.  Dream Big! 

Let your mind wander to the infinite possibilities that surround you.  What do you see?  What ideas do you have for growth?  Where can you contribute to and add the greatest value?   Is it within your current employer or outside your company? 

During this step in our coaching, many clients discover there are real opportunities available that they had never considered before. Choices.  You are not trapped. A whole new world opens up. Hope is restored.

What are you afraid of?  What is the worst thing that could happen? What can go wrong?

Examples can include:  changes to the executive management team, a new Executive Director, budget cuts, downsizing, outsourcing; mergers or acquisitions; health changes; pending major life events . 

This is the place where you have full permission to let the committee have its say (the voices in your head that tells you the sky is falling) and list everything that comes to mind.   Write it down.  Put it on paper.  Say it out loud and take the power out of it.  This is the Fear that has held you hostage.  Remember that the acronym FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real.

Now that you have this list, make a plan. During MGM Solutions career coaching sessions on Career Mapping, after we have completed a SWOT Analysis we start with opportunities. 

What are the career titles or positions that you would like to explore? Once you have uncovered positions that you would really like and had not considered before, let’s explore them.

Identify where you would like to be.  Now, review the strengths and relationships you can leverage to get there;  also consider any weaknesses you need to overcome.

Prioritize your biggest threats and make a plan to neutralize them. If you have never done this, you can approach this with confidence.  This is a proven method to build actionable plans that will lead you to success.

 If you need help with your SWOT Analysis or Career Mapping, contact MGM Solutions to assist you. We are here to help you and provide custom personalized solutions to meet our client’s individual needs. 

Customize Your Linkedin Profile To Grow Your Network

The Immediate Benefits of a Custom LinkedIn Profile

As a Job seeker, you may ask, is it important to have a LinkedIn profile?  The answer is YES!

Who uses LinkedIn?

Most business professional are on LinkedIn: the average LinkedIn user is in their early 40s, earning more than $100,000.  Almost every CEO from every Fortune 500.  There are more than 300 million users on LinkedIn.

Why use LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a goldmine of information.  It is the #1 professional network for business professionals. LinkedIn is all about business networking.

What are the Benefits of a LinkedIn profile?  

Creating a LinkedIn profile gives you the opportunity to market yourself.

In today’s economy, tech savvy recruiters and company leaders are directly sourcing and mining for candidates based on keywords, industry, niche subject matter expertise and education.

Creating and updating your LinkedIn profile puts you in the driver’s seat. It gives you the opportunity to proactively market yourself.  You can make a positive and significant impact on your job search by strategically creating and updating your LinkedIn profile to bridge the gap between where you are today and where you want to be in the future.

With the avalanche of social media platforms job seekers are bombarded with messages about “personal brand.”

What does it mean to you?
Think of it this way, your job search is like a sales situation, whereby you are your product.  In the MGM Solutions ten step strategic job search strategy, one of the steps is to define a Personal Brand.  

A Career Coach works with you to create, practice and refine your own personal Unique Value Proposition (UVP).  When you apply branding strategies to your LinkedIn profile, you elevate your profile by incorporating key words that brand you and make it easier for interested parties to find you.

Who better to market you, then you?  

In your quest for your perfect next career opportunity, you know who you are.  You know what you have done in your past jobs. You know what you hope to accomplish.

When you create a LinkedIn profile you can convert your goals into keywords to brand yourself. You can include and share the type of tasks, functions and projects you love.  

You can showcase your strengths.   You can also strategically weed out past work experience to downplay past experience that is not relevant to the career role you want in your future.

Who chooses your headline title?  

Every communication you generate on LinkedIn will have a professional headline attached to it.  So choose wisely.  Don’t use your job title as your headline. You are NOT Your J-o-b.  So tell the world who you are really.

Another benefit to creating a LinkedIn profile is that you can choose your own headline. You can take the opportunity to add in your specialty, your niche and a dash of personality.

When you consider that LinkedIn has more than 300+Mil contacts you will come to realize that LinkedIn is a “goldmine” of information.  LinkedIn is your own personal “digital rolodex.”   All the phone numbers, email addresses, background information, educational data and professional profiles of the people you need to reach, at your fingertips.

By leveraging the features of networking through connections, you can leverage the power of LinkedIn is a critical resource in your job search process.

If you have question or comments about LinkedIn profiles leave them below and I will get back to them ASAP.