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Who Are You Really?

Who are you really? Who are you really? What happened to that child, teenager or adult that was full of hopes and dreams? As I read an article about writing instructing writers to, “write from your passionate self.” My Passionate Self? My passionate self, I croaked.  It begs to answer the question Who Am I really? or my “Authentic Self.” Finding our “Center.” That place where we know what we love or what we hate. We guard and keep our true wishes and desires hidden in a vault. Never to come out. Never to be discussed with anyone. What Happened to the Real Me? Who am I really? I asked myself, why and when did this happen? The answer is partly in the family environment we lived in as a child. Perhaps you were one of the lucky ones who was raised in a loving, caring and supportive family. Or maybe your family tended to be antagonistic, and you worried about punishment or ridicule. Perhaps you came from a large family, and you were lost in the shuffle and ignored. We’ve heard of stories about generations of doctors and lawyers, did they really want to be in that profession or did they follow because that is the choice made to please some one else? We want to be accepted and loved for who we are and because of that, we don’t become who we really want to be because we fear rejection, disapproval, isolation and we find it easier to conform rather than fight. Resulting in hiding who we really are. We hide our true selves for so long...

Step #5 Reason For Leaving Statement

Reason for Leaving Most recruiters will ask “What is your reason for leaving?” You need to prepare to answer. In preparing and writing this statement will help you to be consistent on applications and interviews. You don’t want to use negative words such as “unfortunately,” “downshizing,” etecera. Even if you are resigning, your boss will want to know why your are leaving. Items to include Answer the following questions and you will include these in your reason for leaving: • What is the conditions of the business or industry? What prompted the organization to take action? • What was the impat on your position? • What is your perspective on what happened? What significant contributions were you proud of? • What options are you exploring? Write your reason for leaving statement Here is an example: As you may know, the gas industry is currently in a down cycle. This is not unusual in the industry. Xyz company also went through an acquisition and restructuring is taking place for xyz to become more efficient. As result, positions are being combined or eliminated. With the installation of an automated timekeeping system, there is no longer a need for a payroll administrator. I am proud of the contributions I made. I see this as an opportunity to use my strengths and experience in a new work setting. Final words. Practice saying your reason for leaving statement until you feel comfortable with it. Remember you don’t want to reflect hard feelings or resentments....

Step #4 Organizing Your Job Search

Organizing Your Job Search Organizing your job search will also assist you in managing your network and contacts. Additionally, it provides a method for maintaining a pro-active approach and put the information nearby to make follow up calls. Organize your job searchOrganizing your job search will help to cut down on the length of your job search.  You will be able to work more efficiently if you organize your job search. Well, it is good to track how many jobs you apply for per week. Some states may audit your job search for unemployment benefits. Non-techy method If you are not techy, you can organize your job search by centralizing everything in a three ring binder. You can organize the binder monthly or by job category, networking or job interviews. Technology method For those that are comfortable with technology you may want to: Create Folders Creating folders in Word or email program (Outlook) you can save the documents and correspondence. You can also set up an address group and put your contacts for your job search in that group. You can set the folders up by industry or by position. Excel Spreadsheets These are particularly useful to track your progress and leads. You can configure several pages within one documents. For example You can enter all your networking contacts, name, phone number, industry they work in and the date you first contacted them. You can then sort this by date and call those people back that you haven’t spoken to in three weeks. Contact Management Progam Contact management programs such as Access, Act or Outlook can track contact names dates,...

Step #3 Anticipate the length of Job Search

Series 3-Anticipate the length of Job Search While you have no crystal ball to tell you how long it will take to find your next job, you still need to anticipate the weeks and months ahead. Some factors go into figuring this out. State of economy, laborer job vs. management job, weather you are searching in the same field or making a career change. Research has it that it takes one month for every $10,000 of income to find a new position. For management and professional level jobs may take 3-6 months. First things first-financials. If you don’t have a budget, now is a good time to start. I’m not saying to deprive yourself of everything, but you need to figure out how long can you go before there is no money. . Write a budget of essential living expenses. Review your financial resources severance, savings, spouse’s earning. And retirement plan only if needed. For future reference, the rule of thumb is to save at least six months of salary in the event of a job loss. It’s difficult to do, but you will be thankful that you did. Remember Step #1? Remember I said to know what you want? Well, the clearer you are about what job you want or the company you want to work for the shorter your job search. Other Contributing Factors If you are staying in the same field, you already know the industry and the players. Plus you probably have a network established. This will shorten your job search. On the other hand, if you are changing careers you’ll need to rely on...

Steps To A Successful Job Search – Series

Steps to a Successful Job Search Series This will be a series of five blogs: Know what you want Gather information and materials you will need for a job search Set a date to anticipate the length of you job search and goal. Get organized for your job search Preparing to answer the big question.  What was your reason for leaving? (h1) What does it take to launch a successful job search A job search is more than than applying for work to earn money and meet your obligations.  This is your livelihood, it’s where you spend almost 50-60 percent of your time.  If you don’t know what you want you may end up not being satisfied.  Your Authentic Vocation is seeking work that taps into your natural skills and is fulfilling. If you’ve been downsized, this is an opportunity to find what you really want to do.  If you are currently in a job and don’t find it fulfilling, you may be thinking of  moving on.  Whatever, the scenario the first step is getting in touch with the Authentic You. Eight Elements of Authentic Vocation: If you truly want to find your calling, and we are all called to do a specific job, you will need to work through these eight elements of authentic vocation which are: What is your life’s purpose, what are your work values, what motivates you, what are your skills and talents, what is your work, what is your ideal career, what type of work environment do you thrive in.   Core Values & Beliefs This entails identify what are your core values and beliefs. ...

What Can A Coach Do For You?

The job market can be quite competitive. Sometimes an outside opinion can help direct you in times of doubt or need for motivation. A career coach can work one on one for those pursuing a new job or career, supervising everything from building a resume to training for job interviews. Selecting the right coach is everything if you want that perfect job and for the long-term success of your future. What can a coach do for you? * A coach can give you expert career advice: Before you start job searching, you might want to check to see if you’re heading in the right direction. In a nutshell…your career coach is your liaison between where you’re at now and where you want to be. Helping you achieve long-term career goals, a career coach will help you determine a plan of action. * Brushing up on your resume: A career coach won’t write your resume for you, but they will take a look at it and give you advise on how to polish it. A career coach will also introduce you to the right connection which can improve your chances of achieving your goals. * Give you networking tips: You will be competing with many others wanting your dream job…take advantage of a career coach so you can directly connect with hiring managers and business leaders. Your competitors will seek connections through social networks with limited success. A career coach can present a variety of networking opportunities to give you a jump start. You’ll also learn techniques to use your existing connections to get an introduction to the people who...

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