Will Career Coaching & Consulting Help?
When clients first contact me to discuss their career challenges, they often feel as if they’re losing control of their career. Rather than driving their career, they feel like a passenger. Sometimes the main issue is a lack of clarity about where they want to go. Sometimes it’s a gap in the skills or resources they need to move to the next level.
Either way, as a result of our work together, they are able to move back to the driver’s seat. They learn what’s needed to take the wheel so that they can steer their career and work life in the direction that makes sense for them.
This page gives you more information about my approach and the results you can expect from working with me as your career coach and consultant.
What Results Can You Expect?
1. Taking action to move your career forward will be easier because you are clear about who you are and what your priorities are for your career and work life.
A common reason to get career help is feeling stuck because you’re unsure where to go next. When clients contact me, it’s not that they haven’t tried to figure out their next steps. They may have already read a lot. But they’re struggling because they don’t know how to apply the information or discern what’s relevant to them.
Lack of clarity can keep you circling around the same questions. The first step towards reducing frustration is an in-depth look at your current situation to locate the real issues. Completing this career scorecard is a good place to begin.
Once you gain greater insight into your personal and professional wants and needs, it’s easier to choose the focus needed for action.
A combination of formal and informal assessments will give you the data you need to understand your personal strengths and what energizes you. You will clarify your values, and priorities. There will still be decisions to make, but you will have the inner confidence that can only come from knowing that you are choosing the actions that are congruent with who you are and what matters most to you in the next phase of your career.
2. You find ways to work on your own career even when your workplace environment is chaotic and uncertain.
It’s not easy for professionals to stay engaged if they are struggling to survive yet another organizational change. Stress and uncertainty can get in the way of seeing a situation clearly. The first step is to build the immediate support you need to manage day to day-to-day challenges. Without this, you’ll be stuck in survival mode.
Once you have the essential support you need, you’re ready to create a new map for your career. This begins by asking questions to identify areas of overlap between company goals and your personal and professional goals. You may decide to prepare for opportunities within a restructured organization. You may decide to seek opportunities elsewhere. Either way, you are ready to engage with the change and replace overwhelm by openness to opportunity.
3. You have a strategy and tools to advance your career despite fewer opportunities for promotion in today’s flatter organizations.
Lack of organizational support for career development is a common reason for job dissatisfaction. In today’s flatter organizations, there are fewer clear paths for career advancement. For professionals who have already invested a great deal in education and training to get to where they are, career inertia can lead to feelings of disengagement and even burnout.
The first step is to understand your career goals, the culture of the organization, and the development areas you want to focus on. Once you understand the gap between where you are and where you want to go, you can focus on finding the right opportunities to take your career to the next level.
4. You learn what’s needed and are equipped with the right resources for a job search campaign that gets results.
Searching for a new position can be exciting as you consider new opportunities. But it can also feel like a marathon without a route or clear finishing line. Frustration, doubts, exhaustion, and even despair can get in your way at the very time when you want to harness your best self.
If you’re feeling frustrated with a search that is not getting results, we begin by analyzing your career goals and your overall approach to job search. The technology that reducing hiring costs for companies can land job seekers in a black hole.
We work together to design a job search strategy and step-by-step plan that is appropriate for you and your targeted industry. We develop the customized career communication portfolio materials you need to stand out. You learn how to use LinkedIn and in-person networking to accelerate your search.
Being informed about the most effective tools and resources for your job search allows you to use your time more effectively. You reduce overwhelm by setting priorities, getting feedback, and having access to the right information at the right time. You extend the confidence you already have as an expert in your field to your career communication and job search activities.
How I Approach Career Coaching & Consulting
My work as a career coach and consultant is based on the belief that your career is more than business. It’s personal. Each person’s career path is unique. To thrive in today’s turbulent workplaces, you need to understand your personal foundation for your career and work life.
Whether career change is planned or unplanned, there are three key questions to consider:
- Who are you?
- What do you want?
- How will you get there?
Although these questions are simple, the answers are not. But knowing your strengths, values, and priorities gives you the foundation you need to build a resilient career. Self-awareness is essential but it is not enough.
Careers are developed in organizations that are complex and dynamic. Attention to the context is crucial for success. You also need skills, resources, and support to be able to make choices despite uncertainty.
A combination of insight into your environment, the skills to manage your career, and practical implementation tools will empower you to lead your own career.
What’s Unique about Me as A Career Coach & Consultant?
As I mentioned earlier, each person has a unique combination of skills and experiences. The same is true for career professionals. Read below to learn about the blend of skills, education, training, and experience that I bring to my career coaching and consulting.
Working on your career development engages your heart and your head. You draw on your analytical skills and your intuition. When we work together I focus on both of these aspects of your career.
To be successful and feel fulfilled at work, you need to know yourself and what motivates you. You need to be able to communicate this to others so that they think of you when the right opportunities become available. You need to translate your career strategy into practical actions that you can implement to move you forward. You need to understand which organizational cultures will support you to be at your best.
I bring a blend of education, professional training, and personal experience that uniquely prepares me to help you develop the skills you need to master your career development. I combine a doctoral level education in work and organizational psychology with my credentials as a coach. I have completed several career-industry training programs that allow me to teach you the practical skills you need for different aspects of your job search and career change, such as networking, locating opportunities, interviewing, resume writing, and use of LinkedIn and other social media.
Like many of the professionals I work with, my own career had taken a number of twists and turns. My personal experience of planned and unplanned career changes, and of living and working internationally also informs my work. I appreciate how disorienting work-life transitions can be. But I also know that change provides outstanding opportunities for personal and professional growth and development.
If you haven’t already assessed your personal career management skills, the Career Scorecard is a great place to begin. Your results help you decide what to focus on so that you make the most of the time you spend working on your career.
Simply click the image or fill this form to request your copy.