Are You Leading Your Own Career?
Although work takes up many hours of your week, taking charge of your career is easier to say than to do. Do you believe that your career is too important to be left to others, much less to chance? Even if you do, you may be like many other highly skilled professionals whose training did not include career management skills.
Do any of the following scenarios fit for you?
♦ So far, your career has taken care of itself. Opportunities came up at the right time and you made the most of them. But recently you’ve been aware that the spark is missing. You’ve lost the excitement you felt when you first took this position. It’s been a while since you’ve searched for a job, let alone done an interview. You’re not sure what to do first. You’re looking for help to take stock of your career and to get updated on what’s working in today’s job market.
♦ As part of the latest restructuring, you and your colleagues have to reapply for your jobs. You’re already known in the company, so how do you prepare? It should be easier since you have a good idea what to expect. You know your competition. But how do you distinguish yourself from your peers? This may be an opportunity to shape your next position. But what do you need to do to make the most of it? Now you need confidential help to prepare yourself before your career move is decided for you.
♦ You have a solid track record in your career to date, and you’re ready for the next step. Maybe you’ve mentored others, but you’re not sure how to take your own career to the next level. You don’t want to be boxed in by other people’s perceptions of your skills. Is your specialist expertise working against you? Will decision-makers see you as a serious candidate for promotion? You need to figure out where your biggest strengths lie and how to build on them. You want to increase your visibility but do it in a way that feels authentic to who you are.
♦ You’re looking for opportunities in a different geographical area. When you look online, you don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere. How do you find the real positions? Will employers take you seriously when you’re searching from a distance? You understand that this may take a bit longer than the local search you did last time. But you don’t want to waste time doing the wrong things. You need a strategy that has helped other job seekers succeed, and a workable step-by-step plan to stay focused and on track.
♦ You’ve been searching for a while, but so far without results. By now you feel frustrated but you’re not exactly sure where the problem lies. Are you networking in the right places? You’re on LinkedIn. You look at the jobs there fairly regularly, but so far you haven’t seen anything that’s a good fit. You’re ready to want to spend time on the things that will move your forward rather than wondering what to do next.
If one or more of these situations resonates with you, there’s a good chance that you’ll find the career help you’re looking for here. Read on to learn more about who uses my services.
Customized Career Help for Professionals
The clients I work with come from a range of industries and professional backgrounds including business, health and life sciences, and education. Here are some of the things that they have in common:
With a track record of professional success, they are not looking for more of the same kind of expertise they already have. They recognize that moving forward involves going beyond their professional field to build a reputation across the organization. They are looking for someone who understands organizations and can help them to be more strategic about managing their career.
Of course, they want someone who is fully conversant with current career management practice and job search techniques. But most of all they want someone who understands that their career is more than business. It’s personal.
The one thing that they have in common is that they want to be sure that they can discuss their biggest career questions in a setting free from worry about any underlying performance evaluation agenda. They’re ready to define their personal criteria for success in work and in life.
If you think the time is right for you to prioritize your career development, you’ll learn more about what to expect in the next section.
Who Benefits Most from Personalized Career Services?
If you’ve read this far, it’s likely that, like most of the clients who hire me, your professional career is already high up on your priority list. Are you ready to discover the perspectives that enable my clients to take ownership of their career and work life?
A personal and professional vision is even more essential when change is constant
They recognize the reality that for most professionals workplace changes are almost constant. Even though on the surface, planning may seem pointless at times, they are aware that only they can create a vision for the direction they want their career to take.
They are willing to be responsible for their own development.
My clients have already invested a lot to get to where they are. They’re committed to ongoing personal and professional development. They make the most of employer-sponsored learning opportunities, but ultimately they are not content to leave their career destiny to others.
They recognize that thriving at work means leveraging their unique strengths
As professionals they that their career outcomes are the result of complex decisions. This means that they can’t control everything. Yet, they take ownership of those aspects that they can control. They work to clarify what distinguishes them from others with similar qualifications and experience. They learn how to leverage their personal and professional strengths for greater fulfillment at work.
They’re prepared to be proactive
They are committed to staying up to date with changes in their profession. But they know that this alone is not enough. They are willing to invest time and resources in learning the skills they need to successfully steer their careers in the desired direction.
Clients come for help to figure out what these questions mean for them personally and how to take action on what they learn. If you are engaged with these questions, it’s a good indication that you’re on the right track to lead your own career.
Are you wondering where you are in your career right now?
Reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of your current career management skills is a great place to begin.
Request your free Career Management Skills Scorecard.
Completing this scorecard will give you a quick overview of the key skills needed feel confident that you have what you need to take charge of your career.