It’s a time to be thankful and reflect on all the great things that happened in 2019. I am privileged to have been part of so many people’s journeys in the past year. Clients who have rejoined the workforce after so many years of believing it was not possible. People who have make the change from one career to another and people who have found out what life can be like with a little self belief and confidence.
To all of my clients past, present and future. I wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
So what do we do? for those of us in the workplace dealing with a toxic work environment where we may be feeling undervalued, bullied, mistreated, disillusioned and in pain, we have a knee-jerk reaction to run as far away as possible from our current working norm. We want to change career, change industry, and change everything.
For mum getting back to the workplace it is a similar story, we are in pain, we feel undervalued, we don’t believe our skill set is still relevant, we are unhappy with the fact that we have somehow lost the person we were (pre-children) and wonder how to discover who we have become.
What I have discovered during my experience, as a coach is that the first thing to be addressed is how we interact with the world.
As mum leaving the home we often forget to focus on ourselves. We forget to give time to our own development as an individual; every decision is based on what is right for the family, the children, and the partner/husband/wife. So much so, that when it comes time to focusing on ourselves to get a CV written up or to remember the skills necessary to be successful at interview we have forgotten and no longer feel capable of these basic steps. We have forgotten how to successfully interact with the world outside of the warm blanket of motherhood.
We all forget that vital step of recognizing how we engage with the world.
Ask yourself the following
Am I actually showing up at work,
Am I courageous enough to be vulnerable?
How is my self-awareness and emotional intelligence,
How are my communication skills,
Relationship building skills,
Decision making skills,
The question we never ask is what can I do to improve and develop myself, to be more resilient, to plan and manage my career, to negotiate, to pass that interview, to get that job, to change myself and as a consequence improve my life/career/relationship/etc.
Hints to turn your CV from a list of jobs to a coherent professional history of achievements and skills to get you invited for interview.
One of the biggest problems many of my clients are struggling with is where to begin when writing their CV. Particularly if they have been away from the workplace for some time. So read on to discover my secrete to success.
We have stopped talking about duties now is it all about achievements, what have you achieved in each position, what did you bring to the table.
When considering what achievements to add to your CV first read the job description, the essentials should all be reflected in your CV and the desirable as well if possible.
Stay on message, your message is that you can fill this position and your CV is proving evidence that you have already done it successfully, through your examples.
Never Never Never mention anything negative……. It’s all good!!!!
For help developing your CV for today’s market give me a call or send me an email to set up an appointment.
Well it’s already two weeks into January, phew! what a long month, or maybe it just seems that way because let’s face it, without the odd glass of vino and the burger we are avoiding like the plague time is just dragging a little.
For those of us who didn’t quite make veganuary or who like myself had a few glasses of wine over the last couple of weeks, its ok…….. not everything has to happen in January and frankly why try to do everything all at once. For most of us that approach is doomed to failure. For those of us who are succeeding WELL DONE and keep at it.
For everyone else, we can achieve everything we want to, it just has to matter to us and we just need a little support to clear the fog and find our first step.
Don’t let January get away from you, make a decision now to improve. Give me a call and let me tell you all about the benefits of coaching. It can change your life you know! If you decide coaching is not for you that’s fine, you will still benefit from the meeting. We all take something away from every new person we cross paths with.
I look forward to meeting you, it’s possible, just do it!!
Life Coaching changed my life and I thought it was time I shared that feeling. Prior to this I was happy in my work and life but there was something missing. As a person who gets more pleasure out of giving rather than receiving, someone who gets happiness from helping another to find their way, becoming a Life Coach seemed the perfect option. The fact that it took me until half way through my life seems a shame and when thinking about it, could it have been any different?
There is a wonderful Christy Moor song where he tells us that in order to share our boat with others we first have to build our own boat. I think that’s what I was doing, building my own boat/ life and getting to a place where my becoming a Life Coach was an authentic and natural progression.
What does being a Life Coach give me? the answer to this question is endless joy. When I start working with a new client either on life coaching or on career coaching or self care coaching, I become a witness to positive change in that person’s life. I become the guiding light for that client to improve their circumstances by focusing the mind and being strategic in their actions to achieve something specific.
As a Life Coach I drive life changing action and I support bold and brave steps to achieving a new and better life, one that we can all achieve and are all worthy of.
When I started on this journey I could not have known what becoming a Life Coach would do for my life and the lives of the people around me.
Would I do it again? If I had my life to live over again I would become a Life Coach sooner.
As a Career Coach I am currently dealing with multiple queries about stress in the workplace, and most of this stress is being caused by the weight of emails constantly flowing in to our inbox. The time it takes to go through this avalanche of emails is preventing us from being productive and is the root cause of stress and anxiety at work.
We are all guilty of having our email notification pop up in the corner of our screen, there seems to be no way of ignoring that notification. The result of this distraction is loss in production and concentration. Why ? because it takes on average up to 20 minutes to get back the concentration we had prior to our distraction. Don’t take my word for it. Multitasking expert, Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, highlights these negative effects of email multitasking based on an extensive study into the costs of interrupted work: Credit Mayo Oshin – “How to eliminate email anxiety”.
What is the answer, here is the advice I give to my clients and it works.
Turn off those notifications
Check your emails twice or three times per day; choose a time when you are less likely to need your best brain like just after lunch or just prior to leaving the office.
Keep the morning, alert brain for the important tasks that you are currently letting your emails get in the way of.
Forget the possibility of having an empty inbox, ok so it feels great in the short term to have an empty inbox but this is an additive habit that makes us feel good. This feel good feeling is not a feeling of productivity, which is why we are stressed.
When you’re thinking about changing your career, you must also think of changing your message, not just on your CV but also on your social media. Consider the following when making a change.
1. Rethink your social media message; think about the new audience and the new career. It is evident that when we apply for positions the first thing a recruiter will do it look at our social media presence, make sure you are sending the right message. Connect with groups in your target industry, comment on interesting articles ……. Network……… It is easier than ever to demonstrate to your target audience that you’re serious and invested in this new career, the more you do the more credible you will look to a potential employer.
2. Skills Analysis, this is probably the most important thing you can do, so spend some time on it. Figure out what your transferable skills are, by investigating all of your achievements and figure out what skills you used to be successful. Things like ‘problem-solving’, ‘influencing’, ‘people management’, are all transferable and highly saleable skills. Talk to your friends and colleagues and find out what they would say your skills are.
3. Research your chosen career, make sure you are fully aware of what skills are necessary to be successful in this career, give this part of the process lots of time and make sure you have more than one data point. Up-skill through training or attending events and make sure you know which skills are most valuable in your new industry.
4. Most of us identify ourselves through our professional identity; this would be a mistake when changing careers. Recruiters often use industry-specific language to identify potential employees. If you are not speaking the right language you may confuse recruiters resulting in you not even getting an interview.
5. Know what problem the recruiter is trying to solve, make sure you are a good fit for the job. You don’t have to tell the recruiter everything on your CV, just highlight the relevant experience and accomplishments.
If you are thinking about changing your career and need some support to make it happen, contact me and discover how career coaching can change your life.
When you see that perfect job what is the first thing you do?
Is the answer ‘apply immediately’? Probably not!!
The process of applying for a new position is often a lot longer than people imagine it will be. Which is why we often need support.
If we are looking for work there is normally a good reason. Either we can no longer work for our current employer and need to get out (more often than not we leave a person and not a job) or we are unemployed and need to get back into the workplace.
Either way, the point of the exercise is to become employed again!
As an HR professional with experience in recruitment, I have found that people seem not to have given the process any thought whatsoever. Often it seems that people just send the same CV to every available job on whatever website they are looking for. (Seems unbelievable…… you would think so, but no so).
If you are serious about applying for a position with any company the first step is to learn about the organisation. This is not just to make our application a little more readable for the recruiter, but it is also for us to better understand if this is the right company for us and just as important are we the right person for this company.
The next step is to align your experience and skill set with the job description in the advertisement. Easier said than done I hear you say.
A small tip is to draft the CV template with every single skill and piece of experience we ever had. Make sure there are no gaps and when finished don’t be tempted to use it for any application.
Once the template is complete then we can think about what each application needs. With some applications, we will flesh out a specific skill or previous position to allow the CV to speak to the recruiter. With other applications, we will focus on other parts of our skill set or other positions.
What’s the moral of this story. Give each application the time it deserves and give yourself the best chance of being invited to interview.
Is this what you feel like at the end of the day. Everyone else is taken care of and there is nothing left for you. The boss is sending you emails at 8pm at night and you are wondering where you will find the time to see your kids. Can’t seem to find the work-life balance everyone is talking about.
If the answer to this is yes then it’s time for a change. One of the most frequent issues my clients have is the always elusive ‘work-life balance”. How do it get this? I am often asked. This is where I do my best work, I start with the question of what does a perfect work-life balance look like to you? Most of my clients don’t know the answer.
Setting a goal is like punching in an address on the sat nav if you don’t know where you are going, how do you expect to get there? Coaching is the guidance you need to clarify what you want in our life and also what you no longer need.
If you need help to clarify where you would like to be and a little support to get there. Call me for a chat and let’s see what we can do together.