Integrative Career Transition: A Program for Professionals
Your Next Career with More Ease and Less Stress
Every day professionals make changes in their careers. They find new positions by relying on what they know from earlier job changes, and the advice they get from family and friends. They make use of all the career and job search information that is freely available.
Maybe this approach has always worked for you in earlier career transitions, but things feel different this time. Maybe it’s more challenging. Are you frustrated by a lack of progress, or disappointed by what you’re hearing? Maybe you’re wondering what’s missing or what to do next. Or maybe it’s been a while, and you’re not sure where to begin.
Changes in the way organizations manage and recruit talents have important implications for how to approach your own career transition. As a manager or team leader, the chances are you’ve been on both sides of the table. You have experience as a job candidate. You may also have been involved in selecting others within your organization. Even if you haven’t considered it recently, you’re already have some knowledge of what it takes to get a job and to make good hires. But that doesn’t mean you have a full picture of how the recruitment process works in today’s job market. The more you understand the process, the easier it will be to navigate it.
Five Reasons Why Some Transitions Are More Complex These Days
1. Companies don’t want to take risks when it comes to hiring. Pressures to stay lean include a drive to avoid expensive hiring mistakes. For candidates, this often means navigating multiple rounds of selection and rigorous screening processes.
2. Openings may be “hidden” if you’re outside the organization. This may be because the company relies on referrals from existing employees, or their recruiters use LinkedIn and other social media tools to source passive candidates. Positions are not advertised, and a continuous recruitment approach makes it seem like there are no openings.
3. There’s less flexibility in the system when hiring happens with fewer people and more machines. As companies rely more on technology to streamline the process, there are fewer human interaction points. Now that Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are integrated with other human resource systems, this technology is being used by organizations of all sizes.
4. In some fields there is a lot of competition. It’s not easy to stand out from other candidates with similar qualifications and skills. Many experienced professionals are not accustomed to communicating their accomplishments in a way that makes it easy for employers to understand the unique value they bring.
5. Organizations are continually restructuring in response to external changes. They struggle to keep up with market shifts, advances in technology, and globalization. Professionals need high levels of personal resilience to continually adjust to the impact of these changes on their careers.
You Can Cut Through the Complexity and Make A Successful Transition
The cumulative effect of these changes adds to the uncertainty that you expect during career transition. You can’t control external events, but what if you had a way to navigate your career transition more quickly and with less stress?
Transition, even when challenging, is also an opportunity to step back and consider what you really need and want from your work. This involves questions that are simple to ask, but far from simple to answer. These are the big questions, such as “Who am I” and “What do I want” that resurface at different points in work and life.
When you make decisions about your career, you are making decisions about your life. You may be so focused on the tasks to do, that you don’t take time to consider the bigger picture. What difference might it make to carve out time in this transition to really consider what you most want to contribute through your work, and what you need to get there?
Uncertainty is integral to change. A successful career transition is not just about creating a vision and planning. It’s also about making things happen, despite all the unknowns. This involves preparing, testing, and adjusting as you get feedback on your ideas. Emotionally, it can feel like a roller-coaster. But imagine how much more confident you will feel if your strategy is not only anchored by your vision, but you have a manageable plan and ongoing support, feedback, and accountability to help you make progress.
Introducing the Integrative Career Transition Program
This program gives you the blueprint you need for a successful career transition.
1. We’ll begin by getting clear about your core values and personal and professional priorities. We will do this by exploring what personal and professional success means to you, and by assessing your top strengths and analyzing what supports you to do your best work. This way, it will be easier to stay focused and sustain action when the going gets tough, as it can do during any important transition.
2. Professional success requires a commitment to excellence in your own area of expertise. But there’s more. You also need to learn ways to communicate effectively with the decision-makers who need to be persuaded that you bring value. You will learn how to do this by tailoring your message for your audience, and making sure that you have a portfolio of career documents and online profiles to showcase your strengths and professional accomplishments.
3. A tested model of transition, coaching support, and accountability systems will enable you to progress towards your goal of a creating fulfilling work life.
What’s Different about This Program?
This underlying principle of this program is that work is more than business. It’s personal. That’s why the program goes beyond a task-oriented approach to finding a job. The traditional skills that are essential for all job seekers will of course be covered. But you’ll also spend time assessing who you are, and what you want from your personal and professional life.
These insights you will help you consider how day-to-day choices in your professional work align with your personal strengths, even after this transition. This will enable you to be more productive and feel more fulfilled, and ultimately be happier with your work and your life.
By building on what you learn in this program, you will be better equipped to continue to shape your career. If this approach seems like you are committing more time and resources, you are. But when you think about how much effort you already put into your professional work, imagine the difference it will make if you are more intentional about the choices you make on a daily basis.
What you’ll get from the Integrative Career Transition Program
You will have a personalized strategy and actionable plan that is built on your personal vision for success in work and life. This is more important than ever in fast-changing work environments.
Professionals sometimes feel that, in a volatile workplace, planning is a waste of time. But clarifying your career goals is not about creating a rigid plan that will soon be outdated. It’s about clarifying your vision for your work life and making choices that support it. If you have a clear vision, you can make progress more quickly, because you know where to focus. You are better able to manage the uncertainty and inevitable ups and downs of change, because you are in touch with what really drives you and energizes you.
You will have strategies and practical action steps to reach the decision-makers who have the authority to hire or promote you. A vision is necessary, but it’s not sufficient. Effective career communication is the core of a successful career transition. More often than not, you get there by expanding your network. Once you create a communication strategy and have the support of compelling written materials and clear verbal messages, you will feel more confident about communicating your value. You will learn how to help others help you reach your career goals.
As a busy professional, your time is often your most precious resource. In this program, you will learn how to make better choices about how you use your time when it comes to choosing tools to enhance your career development. Technology provides many benefits but the options can be overwhelming. You need a strategy and tools that fit your personal goals and preferences. There is no doubt that, used haphazardly, social media can be a huge drain on your time with little return on investment (ROI). The ways in which technology functions in the hiring process is also a source of frustration for many candidates. But with the know-how you gain from the program, you can make the most of what social media offers to expand your network, identify positions, connect with decision-makers, and increase your professional visibility.
How the Integrative Career Transitions Program Works
Phase 1. Set the Foundation.
Now that professional career ladders are few and far between in most industries, you’re at risk of getting swept along by tides of organizational change unless you have a vision to guide you. This is why the program begins with dedicated time to surface your experiential knowledge of the work you find most fulfilling and the culture that supports you to perform at your best. By integrating this self-analysis with validated assessments of your strengths, motivated skills, interests, and personal and professional goals, you will have the foundation you need to make more informed decisions as you move forward.
Phase 2. Create Compelling Career Communication.
Engaging the individuals who can help you make your career vision a reality requires a cohesive career story. Compelling verbal messages and written documents will bring what you have learned about who you are, and the difference you make through your work, to life. This may include a range of materials, such as your resume, cover letter, and biography, as well as branded online profiles, written and customized for your needs. Clear goals and targeted communication are key to finding good-fit opportunities more quickly.
Phase 3. Implement your Career Change Strategy
The focus of this phase is taking action to implement your strategy to secure a new and better career opportunity. With coaching support and consulting help, you will set priorities, break your plan down into manageable tasks, stay organized and track outcomes. Resources and information will be available to help with specific tasks such as researching companies, networking online and in-person, preparing for different types of interviews, and knowing what to watch for when dealing with salary negotiation. We will address specific problems as they arise, and discuss how to create conditions to maximize your success.
Is The Integrative Career Transition Program Right For You?
This program is designed for professionals who are motivated to move forward in their career. They want to develop a strategy and learn the skills needed to do it as effectively as possible. Typically, my clients already have a track record of success in their profession. They are experts with high level skills in their field. They are eager for new opportunities to contribute through their work, either within their current organization or externally, but recognize that their existing level of career management skills may be holding them back.
They care about the culture of where they work. They are ready to learn how to create the bridge that is needed to get from where they are to where they want to go next. They recognize the importance of taking ownership of their career development and are willing to invest in their career management skills.
How to Find Out More
Are you in career transition, or at the beginning of a career change? If you are, and this program sounds like what you’re looking for, the next step is set up a Career Transition Strategy Meeting by phone.
To do that, please answer a few written questions by completing the form below, and email your form to me with your request to meet.
Once I’ve received your form and request, I will get back to you by phone or email to schedule a mutually convenient meeting time.
During this meeting, we’ll explore your specific situation and challenges in depth, the outcomes you want, and whether this program can help. If at that point it makes sense to proceed, and you want to do so, I will explain the next steps.
I look forward to learning more about you and your career, and how I might help you to achieve your goals.
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