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Serendipity – a fortunate happenstance in your job search

Networking as one of the key components of a successful job search.  As a career coach, I encourage and teach my clients to have what I refer to as “information gathering” conversations as one of the components of their job search strategy. Some career coaches and recruiters refer to these as “exploratory interviews.”  Whatever you call it – networking is key to your job search success.  Especially when you consider that statistically between 65-80% of new jobs are secured through referrals.

Networking and talking to people who work at companies that you are interested is all about building relationships.  Learning how others got their start in their career, or what projects a company is working on, can help you focus your direction, learn about new career options, and reflect on your potential fit with an organization.

Building relationships is a powerful networking tool. Not only are you building your professional network, you could be “the” one who gets a phone call when a new position opens up. You can have conversations with people, whether their company has any current job openings or not. Keep in mind, that most companies welcome employee referrals of high-caliber talent.  Being proactive in your search and making connections can help open doors for you. These conversations can bridge the distance between where you are in your career today and where you want to be.

As a quick anecdote:  Remember the call I received from one of my coaching clients, sharing how she “serendipitously” received a call about a new job opportunity from someone she sat down and had an information gathering conversation with a few months ago?  Well, I’m happy to report back that she secured the job offer and is now working in her dream role in a new industry!

If you want to learn more about how to have information gathering conversations, please feel free to contact me. And if you have your own “serendipitous” experience  – I’d love to hear about it!

Yes, you can!

This week I’ve talked to three of my coaching clients who were experiencing different levels of frustration. The job search isn’t going as smoothly as they would like.  Interviews aren’t getting scheduled as quickly as they’d like. One has accepted a better offer, advanced in her career; yet it’s not her utopian role.

Job search frustration, with a side of FEAR. What if you don’t get the job you really want?  What if you don’t transition into your ideal role?

Well, what if you do?  What if you can land the career of your dreams?

Many of us have the voice of the naysayer, the critic, ever present, constantly projecting negative outcomes.  The committee that won’t stop talking.  Today, that voice needs to stop.

When you doubt your abilities, feel discouraged, or are on the verge of despair, don’t give up.   I pray that you hear another voice telling you,“You can do it and you will!”

No one said a job search or job transition was easy. It’s hard work. Even when you are using a strategic job search road map.  Even when you are leveraging the power of networking, reaching out and establishing connections with key contacts at your target potential employers.  Relationships take time.  Building trust and credibility takes time.  Having the right doors open takes time.  Be patient and persist.

I know you can do this.  You are worthy of engaging in work that you are both capable of and passionate about.   If today you are frustrated, give yourself permission to feel your feelings; just remember feelings aren’t facts.  Don’t let your feelings derail you from taking action toward your career goals.

Pause and reflect on what brings you the most joy and satisfaction in your work?  Would you like to feel that way more than less?  Visualize you in your dream job.

Now, take an honest inventory of the actual work you’ve completed this week in your job search.  How many new contacts did you make?  Networking events that you attended?  Number of calls to former colleagues who are working in your target niche or who have connections that could help you?  If you didn’t reach your target job search activities; then recommit to completing the actions next week.

ACTION is the magic key.  Keep taking positive actions forward.  Make the call.  Send the LinkedIn request to connect.  Call your former colleague; catch up on projects they are working on and bring them up to date on your career goals.

Keep believing. Keep taking positive steps daily toward your goals.  You can do this!  You are not alone, I’m here every step of the way cheering you on.

May you hear my voice encouraging you: “You CAN do this, and you will.”

Career Tune Up

Career Tune UP

 Springtime naturally brings a sense of awakening for me. It’s a time of renewal and rebirth.   A couple weeks ago I went into my local mechanic for a routine oil & filter change.  It was a super busy Saturday and it took a couple hours to complete.  I was willing to wait because I know the importance of routine maintenance for a vehicle.   Your career is no different.

Successful careers involve regular check-ups (updates to your resumes with recent projects and accomplishments) and periodic more in-depth tune ups or alignments.

What about you?

What is your current career dilemma?

How satisfied are you in your current position?

Are you engaged and challenged professionally? Or do you feel deflated and tired at the end of the day?  Do you enjoy your work?  Wake up excited?

Carve out time to explore some questions.

What allows you to provide the best service to others?  Where do you add the greatest value?

What is it that brings you joy?  What type of work makes you happy?  Is it working with customers?  Promoting new programs?  Creating websites?  Developing enterprise infrastructure? Leading groups?  Training?

Think of this appointment as a “check-up from the neck up.”   Use the time to take stock.  Inventory your skills and your assets.  If you are unhappy, remember you have choices.   You have the ability to improve your happiness and career satisfaction; if you are willing to take action.

A career tune up involves taking an honest assessment of our knowledge, skills and abilities.  It involves exploring career options that maximize your value and contribution.  When your skills and interests overlap with your passion, you will experience greater levels of engagement, contribution and overall career satisfaction.   When you align your career with your innate talents, skills and abilities, everything flows more smoothly. Work becomes effortless and life more meaningful. You may be surprised when your energy and enthusiasm come back too!

Can I help you?  If you need help with exploring your career options, I provide career transition coaching in-person, over the phone and via Skype.

Dare to Soar

Many years ago I walked into a Successories store and bought cards that had a picture of an eagle with the words “Dare to Soar. Your attitude in life almost always determines your altitude.” I believe having a positive mental attitude is a key to success. That your attitude (and your actions) determines your place in life and in your career.

You may be reading this and thinking, “It’s not that simple.” Or “yes, but, you don’t understand, my case is different.” You may have a long list of reasons why you can’t succeed or have the career that you would love. It’s okay. I understand. For many years, I made excuses for not following my path. After all, I was a single mom raising two girls. How could I leave an industry and career track that had afforded me a six figure income, to pursue starting a business in career coaching when I needed the security of a steady income? However, when your work feels like drudgery and there is no joy, it’s time to evaluate what you are doing. If you are feeling burnt out, discouraged or depressed in your current job; know that these are symptoms of not following your vision.

It’s time to ask yourself some tough questions and assess your options. Pursuing your “dream” career does not have to be an all or nothing pursuit. Begin by listening to your heart. Give yourself permission to dream about what your ideal career would look like. Begin to chart out a career map. Take positive steps toward your goals. Update your resume. Network. Go after career openings that take you closer to your ideal role.

I am not suggesting that the process of following your vision, connecting with your passion, and pursuing your life’s purpose is easy. Nor is it a straight line. Often there are stepping-stones. You may have something you love to do that may be better as a hobby than as a career. Perhaps you’d like to be a photographer, yet you have a full-time career in Technology earning six figures. Do you leave a steady income that supports your family to pursue your utopian role of traveling the world, walking the beaches and taking pictures of sunsets? I’m not suggesting that you do. How about taking your camera with you on all your business trips? Carve out time for a couple of hours to take pictures and start sharing them with the world.

Funny how it works. When you give yourself permission to follow your heart and play in the realm you are passionate about; your happiness increases. Your overall well-being increases. You’re soaring and it’s effortless. Your energy is renewed. It carries over into all areas of your life, your friendships, your family, your community.

Find a visual that remind you of your goal. Whether it’s a card with an eagle with the words “Dare to Soar” or a handwritten sticky note that has the Nike slogan – Just Do It!

Dare. Risk. Visualize. Act. As the process unfolds, your confidence and self-respect will improve; your satisfaction with life will increase. You may even find yourself with other eagles soaring in the clouds.

If you need help discovering your strengths, exploring your career options and creating a map to your ideal career, contact MGM Solutions today. We can help you successfully transition your career.