When clients come to me during a career transition, I often ask them a version of the “genie” question. In other words, if I could wave a magic wand and presto! you could do whatever you want professionally, what would that be? It may take a gentle nudge, but most people come up with an answer – whether it’s a buried dream that’s been gnawing at them since childhood or a more recent yearning. In today’s post, I’m going to provide you with 3 steps to take the seed of a new career idea and make it grow. […]
When I started a media organization as a relative unknown, I needed allies. So I had to reach out to film people with a lot more stature than me. In the beginning, I had just a few connections and hardly any introductions, but I still got a great response rate. And that’s because of how I worded my request. I challenge you to get a meeting with someone who can change your career. Read more for the blueprint of how to do it. […]
To forge a new career, it takes action, and by reading this blog post, you’re already moving in the right direction. Reading may seem like a small step on the road to career change, but overcoming inertia can be the hardest step of all. So, congratulations on getting started. […]
Here are 5 top career change tips that I’ve culled from my favorite posts. No matter where you are in your professional arc, whether just beginning to contemplate a move, or more than ready to take the leap, these tips are designed to fortify your motivation, stamina and confidence, to find a job you’ll love. […]
For almost a decade, my ongoing New Year’s resolution was to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. I made it a goal because of the common knowledge that consuming this amount of liquid would make me healthier (and my skin more moist) and because well-intentioned friends would say, “You really should drink more water.” So every January 1st, I would try and then fail miserably within the first week. It wasn’t until the 8×8 medical myth was debunked, that I finally felt released. Now that I’m a Career Coach, I understand why New Year’s resolutions rarely work. And that’s why I’m offering a better approach to achieve your career goals. […]
To help you find purpose, I’m going to start with a question: When was the last time you had a peak experience? And by peak experience, I mean something specific. It’s called “flow state” and includes the following characteristics:
– Full immersion in what you’re doing
– Focused concentration on the present moment
– An activity with its own inherent motivation and reward
– A sense that you have the potential to succeed
In other words, flow state feels really good.
When was the last time you had that experience?
Hold that thought. […]
To make your next job better, I’m going to start with a reality check.
There is no perfect job (full stop)
There are valid reasons to be dissatisfied with your professional life and to long for employment that offers more meaning and satisfaction. In order to fulfillful these longings and make your next job better, you’ll have to identify the key ingredients that need to be in place for you to be happily employed. And to do that, I’m going to give you 3 tools to help sort out your priorities and clarify what has and hasn’t worked in the past. […]
Career transition can be scary. If you’ve lost a job, you may be worried about how quickly you’ll find a new one, and whether it will pay enough. If you’re still employed, but unhappy at work, what new strategy will finally enable you to experience professional satisfaction? I’m not one to offer empty platitudes during scary times. But I’ll make an exception in this case. With the right tools and focus you can transform a career transition into an opportunity. […]
Few decisions impact your life as much as the one to quit your job. It disrupts family budgeting, collegial relationships and the essential structure of your day. So this is a decision best made with forethought. Before I lay out 5 reasons when it’s time to quit your job, I’ll start with things to consider BEFORE making a move: […]
To navigate a successful career change, you’ll need to become a good detective. This is particularly important when you’re unsure of what type of work you want to do next. As a detective, you’ll be tracking down leads, gathering facts and examining evidence. What follows is a series of questions to serve as a catalyst for the process. As you go through the list of questions, try not to overthink them. Your first gut response can be the most revealing. During a career change, I know the stakes are high. But allow yourself to have some fun with this. […]