Job Search

Unhappy with your job but feel overwhelmed on where to begin?

dash-phone (1)You do not need to feel stuck and overwhelmed in the job search process.  Job searching is a skill and a process that does not yield immediate results. You need to have a positive mindset and energy to take your career to the next level.  JobDash, a new on-line tool will help you navigate through the confusing search engines, resume writing, follow-up and interviewing process to get you hired.

 

JobDash develops software solutions for job seekers and career services professionals. Individuals create free accounts to set a target hire date, follow an effective path to success, and track their progress along the way. An intuitive dashboard and CRM makes it easy to check and modify personal behavior for best results. If you track your finances and fitness to save money and be healthy, why not track your job search to get hired?

 

JobDash for Enterprise helps colleges and universities guide students from classroom to career with real-time metrics to predict and analyze employment outcomes.  I am pleased to be the Career Coach for Jobdash, view their interview on my career at https://jobdash.com/blog/liza-sichon-inspiring-career-coach/#.U3FGra1dVm0

Stuck between Your Job Search and You’re Hired?

ent-laptopLooking for a better way to manage your job search with online resources and tools?  Finding a job can be confusing and at times overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be.  Track your job search and get hired through https://jobdash.com
JobDash develops software solutions for job seekers and career services professionals. Individuals create free accounts to set a target hire date, follow an effective path to success, and track their progress along the way. An intuitive dashboard and CRM makes it easy to check and modify personal behavior for best results. If you track your finances and fitness to save money and be healthy, why not track your job search to get hired? JobDash for Enterprise helps colleges and universities guide students from classroom to career with real-time metrics to predict and analyze employment outcomes.
I am delighted to work with Job Dash as their Career Coach.  Here is their featured article on my background and interview with JobDash https://jobdash.com/blog/liza-sichon-inspiring-career-coach/#.U3DbTa1dVm0

 

Job Search Tips for Graduates

graduatesWith graduation coming up, it’s that time of the year when I receive requests from moms to coach their graduates with their job search. Some basic questions like in what city do you want to work or what industry do you want to work in are not as firm in the new graduates minds as their parents would like it to be.  Therefore discussions on what to do after college becomes a frustrating conversation between parents and their kids who are really confused after spending four years or so in an expensive college.

Below is an excerpt of my conversation with Alexi, a very proactive, smart and coachable college graduate job searcher.  If you are a recent college graduate and looking to get on the job search track, here are some thoughts to get you started:

1. What kind of job do you envision yourself doing in your 30s and in your 40s?.  If you don’t know, don’t worry.  If you do, good for you.  Research or work with a career coach or your guidance counselor to find out entry-level jobs in your field.
2. Have you taken a career assessment that gives you some general direction on how you may apply your natural skills and talents?  If not, I recommend the Ucipher graduate assessment.  It is an on-line tool that provides insight into your strengths and roles that match who you are.  It is also easy to interpret. You can  access the tool by clicking here – http://www.uciphergraduate.com/assessment.aspx
3. My friend, Dana Manciagli,  recently wrote a book – Cut the Crap and Get a Job.  You can look her up on Linked In and Facebook or buy the book at Amazon.  She has lots of tips for the job searcher.  Read the book and incorporate her advice that makes sense to you.
4. Are you open to relocation?  If so, start looking at jobs in your desired location.
5. Are you subscribed to job boards like Indeed or Monster?  Suggest you choose companies that you want to work on and research on the kinds of jobs that they have along your lines of interest.
6. Is your Linked In profile updated?  If not, create a professional one.  There are lots of jobs posted in Linked In.  Add your resume to your Linked In profile with a nice professional picture that shows your face.  Sign up for job leads in your areas of interest.  Start networking and connecting with friends, former teachers, neighbors, club members etc on Linked In.
Alexi wanted to know if he should remain anonymous in Linked In since he is job searching.  I disagreed.  Looking for an entry-level job after college and viewing career information is not something to hide or be ashamed of.
7. Set goals.  Decide how many applications you will send out or how many contacts you will reach out in a day and make this your priority above all else.
8. Lastly, know that finding a job is a full-time job.  Invest in it and treat it like a special project. Do not be discouraged by the rejections or lack of communication from companies.  Keep a positive attitude – you only need one great job offer, the more rejections, the closer you will be to your job.
But first, we need to figure out what kind of jobs you are interested in applying, then we can tailor your resume to the job and start applying.  It takes a couple of months to get into the swing of a job search.  The perfect job is just waiting for you out there.
Alexi is a terrific coachee.  He took  the assessment and  career advise and asked very good questions.  I have no doubt that he will be finding his perfect job in no time.

 

Are You A Corporate Refugee? What are the signs?

work, stress, familyA corporate refugee is someone who just left their job and feels blah, sad or angry. He or she knows they need to get back to the workforce but something inside them says they need a break. They need to process their whole company experience in many deeper levels but do not know how. This is a new experience for them. They also feel guilty about their decision to leave or for not being aggressive enough to find a new job. In some ways, they feel like a victim. They only remember the sad and unhappy times at work and seem  to have blocked the good times. If this resonates with you, you are not alone. I’ve experienced being a corporate refugee and many of my colleagues have similar transition experiences as well. Here are some of their experiences:

  1. Corporate refugees are no longer happy or interested in their jobs or their company but are afraid to admit this.
  2. Corporate refugees have the need to revitalize themselves and a week’s vacation doesn’t do it.
  3. Corporate refugees are burned out, confused and guilty.
  4. Corporate refugees have lost their soul or no longer know who they really are.
  5. Corporate refugees need space and healing.

Here’s the good news:

  1. Corporate refugees can go back to the battle field once again and find fulfilling work.
  2. Corporate refugees eventually learn to forgive others and themselves.
  3. Corporate refugees do not ignore transitions, they master transitions.  They do not merely jump to the next job, they allow themselves time to process their experience, own it and design a new life commitment.
  4. Corporate refugees bounce back stronger and smarter.
  5. Corporate refugees eventually find their passion and use their natural talents to fulfill their life purpose.

Do not be concerned if you find yourself in the early phases of being a corporate refugee. Don’t ignore the signs.  You need to go through the process to find the path forward, there are no short cuts.  I’ve witnessed many wonderful reinventions and transformations. I’ve also experienced the transformation myself.  It was not easy, but I was fortunate to have a supportive family, friends and coaches. The transition process enabled me to achieve better work life success.

Are you a corporate refugee?  How can you move yourself through the process?  What worked for you?

3 Ways to Make it Easy for your Contacts to Help you find a Job

job listingsMy client is job searching and gets disappointed when some of his contacts do not have time to meet for coffee or for a networking phone call.  I asked him why he wanted to meet with one contact in particular – she has an influential role in a reputable global company.  He said it was to seek advise on his job search, though he was not aware of a suitable role in her company for him.  We worked on a plan to be more purposeful in his networking.

The reality is – your contacts are extremely busy.  They are juggling job and family pressures and although they want to help, they simply don’t have time or honestly don’t know how.  Here are 3 ways to make it easy for them to help you:

1. Research their company or industry.  Learn what is going on in their company and be relevant. Are they going through a growth or downsizing phase?  Are they expanding into new markets or divesting off pieces of their business.  If you find a recent interesting article about their products, market, or competition, send it to your contact.

2. Apply on-line at their job site for roles best suited to your experience and background.  Send your contact a note that you have applied for this posting and ask if they are willing to put in a good word for you.  Give them a brief summary of why you are a perfect fit for the role.

3. Be very specific on what you need from your contact.  Do you need a recommendation, an introduction or  a reference?  A recommendation is a request to say something positive about you to the hiring manager. An introduction is a connection via email or phone to the hiring manager then you take it from there. A reference is requested by companies at the later stage of the job interview process.  This is appropriate if your contact has directly worked with you and can attest on your work ethic, talent, skills and/or abilities.

I suggest sending a request via email followed up by a phone call.  If you do not get a response, try again 2-3 times depending on your comfort level.  Don’t be offended if you do not hear back, simply move on to the next contact in your network or try again after a couple of weeks.

My client followed this targeted approach and successfully engaged his contact on a specific job within her company.  She was so delighted to send a note to the hiring manager and even asked that he keep her posted.  Purposeful networking is being respectful of your contact’s precious time and yields better results.

From Corporate Refugee to Renewed Leader. Make the Most of your Transition.

thinking woman waterTwo years ago I met Diane at a conference.  We quickly developed a mutual respect for each other and a friendship that led to a productive coaching relationship.

Entrepreneurial, bursting with business ideas, extremely smart, logical and analytical, Diane came to our coaching sessions with new, promising ideas about how she would establish her new business.  At each coaching session, she had a new idea and abandoned the previous one.  Eventually, I saw a pattern: develop a new idea, see barriers, abandon the idea, start something else.  There is nothing wrong with trying new ideas, but I sensed Diane was getting frustrated.  She was stuck.  Something blocked her from taking her business to the next level.

We also worked on healing from her previous corporate role along with managing her emotions and thoughts about being a new entrepreneur.  Diane, like many others, is a corporate refugee.  While she knew it was time for her to leave her company, she resented being downsized.  She cherished her freedom to build her own business, but was anxious that it was taking longer than expected.  An introvert, she did not like to sell and market herself.  She received good referral work, but it was not the kind that she enjoyed.  Her confidence was slowly eroding and she started to doubt her financial security.

Things were also happening internally in Diane’s transition and transformation.  The first year of our executive coaching was about healing and providing support to rebuild her confidence.  After about a year, I felt it was time to challenge her and invited her to come to my place for a visioning retreat.  While enjoying the lovely Monterey Beach, we worked on her vision for her next chapter of her life.  In between walks by the ocean, chats and nourishing food, we also worked on her values.  An overachiever, Diane not only identified her values; she also correlated and weighted them to ensure her choices were numerically sound.  We let that conversation rest as we drove along Pebble Beach to enjoy the Pacific coast.

After reviewing her list, I noticed there was one item missing.  Financial security wasn’t listed despite the numerous conversations we had on the topic.  When I brought this up,  she immediately acknowledged that she would add this as one of her top values.  Financial security was her hidden and unacknowledged value and identifying it unlocked a part of her that blocked her from achieving her ideal life.  Diane felt really good about our retreat and committed to finding projects that expressed all her values.

Before long, things started to move really fast for Diane.  Although she was financially astute, she sought the advice of a financial planner.  He validated what she already knew.  She made good long-term investments but she would do even better if she found another executive role to fill her short-term financial needs.  Diane’s corporate refugee healing accelerated with this news — to the point that she contacted former business associates about her availability for full-time work.

Diane’s transition was getting close to a happy ending. I was not surprised when she told me that she was being considered as a top candidate for a company she left 10 years ago.  She accepted their offer and was so excited to go back to work again.

I have no doubt that Diane’s new chapter is full of promise.  Her healing as a corporate refugee and deeper awareness of herself guided her next steps. She is starting a new chapter in her life renewed with a deep sense of peace and happiness.

I am so glad Diane did not just jump to her next job and instead decided to work on her transition.  Transitions are periods of discovery and shifts which can make us uncomfortable.  Rather than look inward, it is easier to ignore how we feel and jump back to the familiar.  If you are in transition, I encourage you to look within and rediscover yourself.

5 Ways to Manage the Emotional Ups and Downs of a New Career or Venture

roller coaster woman laptop

I have a couple of clients who are looking at new careers or starting a business.  At our sessions, we discuss how emotional this can be.  When you put yourself out there and pour your heart and soul, you can’t help but feel vulnerable.  This emotional ride sometimes feels like a roller coaster.

Upon receipt of good news — be it a new client, a new job prospect, a promising sales lead, you start the climb up and feel really good.  However a cancelled appointment, a postponement of an important meeting, a client not renewing their subscription or a rejection letter can send you downhill really fast.

Have you ever felt like you were riding an emotional roller coaster?  How do you manage the ups and downs of a new venture without losing faith in the project and confidence in yourself?

Here are 5 ways to manage your emotional roller coaster and flatten the road:

1. First , discard the emotional roller coaster idea and imagine yourself driving your favorite car on a smooth drive to a new destination.  As problems come up, recognize them as bumps along the road that will get you closer to your destination.

2. Continue to celebrate wins, big and small, and identify positive actions that are repeatable.

3. Give yourself time to feel bad news, eventually, shorten the time you allow yourself.  At some point, a shrug will be enough to move on.  Journal your negative thoughts and feelings or share with a friend or coach.  The important thing is to get it out of your system.

4. Remind yourself that you’ve handled bumps and trials in the past and you recovered.  You just need one job offer, one prospect, and one more client who is just waiting for the right time to sign up with you.  Choose to remain optimistic.

5. You do not need external validation. While it feels great to be recognized, you don’t need it to motivate you.  You know you are good and capable.  A mentor told me this a long time ago and it always works.

How do you handle your emotional health when faced with a new venture or job search?  Share what works for you.

 

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