As I have observed over my many years as a coach, there are many paths to creating the freedom you want to feel in your life. Sometimes it's your mindset and approach and sometimes it becomes clear that the environment in which you are operating is causing the frustration and needs to change.
Sometimes, the desire to make changes in your life leads to a career pivot, seeking a promotion or a job change.
Experts agree there are at least five times when working with a career coach is not only a worthwhile investment but also key to your success.
1. When you are feeling flat out stuck and can't seem to get out of your own way and make significant progress. When it's time to create some clarity and concrete movement forward. Let's talk.
2. You've sent out (insert huge number here) resumes and or 'feelers' and are getting little or no traction. It's time for a strategic intervention. Reach out and let's talk. I'll review your entire process and help you make the course corrections needed.
3. You're considering a Major Career Pivot. A robust job search contains many moving parts and when you are also switching industries or positions you'll also need to make sure you are rebranding your experience and skillset effectively so you are standing out for all the right reasons. I know the ropes and can help you side step the overwhelm and get the job done effectively.
4. Interviewing paralyzes you. You're getting interviews, which is huge in such a competitive market, but then you feel as if you crash and burn and don't make it past the first round. Allow me to help you prepare the right way for your best success with confidence.
5. You'd rather have your wisdom teeth pulled than deal with networking. If this is you, you're in good company. This is a big hurdle for a lot of people. It's so hard for some people that they avoid it all together and continue to only apply for job after job online. To accelerate your search you'll need to get comfortable with engaging your network. I can help you practice doing just that.
To continue to wallow in any of the above situations is not useful to your moving your life forward in a way that energizes you.
When the decision to make a job change or career pivot become evident, working with an experienced coach to tackle each step of the often, overwhelming and deflating process with confidence and grit makes increasing sence.
Let's talk about your goals.
Your Resume: Is it Your Piéce de Résistance or the Piece you Resist Most?
Time and time again I've seen the most strident and accomplished professionals literally blanch at the thought of working on their own resume.
I can understand why.
Even in a strong economy, it is becoming increasingly difficult to break away from the pack and there can be a lot of indecision around what to include, or not include, in a resume or LinkedIn Profile that will get you noticed and get your resume in front of the decisions makers.
Its not just their resume. Common struggles include:
None of us have 'putting ourselves on the line and facing rejection' on our top list of things we like to do.
What We Longing For
And yet, there’s a longing. The desire to take our career or life in a different direction, perhaps at a different pace or in a different environment. The longing remains. The feelings of being between a rock and a hard place increase and the chest squeezing notion of feeling stuck begins to overwhelm.
The Wrestling Match with Ourselves
Time and time again, I’ve observed that people get in their own way the most during a career pivot when they avoid tackling their resume in an intentional way.
They don’t want to deal with it. They want to farm it out. They sabotage their best efforts by allowing it to become something that they wrestle with, drenched in feelings of ‘not enoughness’, when they could be hoisting the completed, amazing, witness of their growth and development as a professional over their head in triumph.
How it can be.
Even though most professionals now realize we are definitely well past the days of a one size fits all resume that they can farm out to a resume mill, many people still don’t understand how to set themselves up for their best success and make their career pivot as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
They turn a time that can be one of excitement, adventure and discovery into a time dripping with anxiety, dread and procrastination, all elements that don’t play well going through the job search process or during interviews.
What Needs to Happen
I work with my clients privately, in groups or on line to
Even if you believe that resumes are obsolete (they are not!) and the your LinkedIn Profile is really your primary marketing device (not so), it is still your resume that gets submitted for online application and is the document that must clear the ATS.
It is still the document that gets passed along from hand to hand, or e-mail to e-mail when someone wants to recommend you.
It forms the basis for both your pitch and your LinkedIn profile, and it is still the document that your interviewers will have in front of them when they meet with you. It’s likely the first document added to your employee file. It counts at all stages of your process.
What Your Next Best Steps are
Creating your resume is not the first step in an effective career pivot but it is a key element of your job search success.
We specialize in helping clients across multiple industries, including not-for-profit and federal resumes.
If you are
If you still need help with steps 1 and 2, lets have a conversation and get each of these three steps tackled with confidence.
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