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What Is the Next Step in Your Career?

  • Are you stuck in a job that isn’t you? Ready for a career change, but have no idea where to start?  Or maybe you know what you’re looking for, but need a plan to get there?

 

  • If one of these 5 challenges (or others) is creating a bottleneck, keep reading!
  1. Paralyzing indecision about whether to change your job, employer, or career.
  2. Asking for a raise.
  3. Applying for a promotion.
  4. Moving to a different department.
  5. Taking on new projects or responsibilities.

 

  • Preparation is key when you’re at a career crossroad.
  • Research and preparation create a space for a smooth start and provide logical steps for achieving your career change or advancement.
  • When you prepare with market-driven strategies – before you make any moves – you will have built a strong foundation for a greater chance of succeeding at your career goal.

 

  • 6 points to consider when planning your next career move.
  1. Be clear about what you want in your career. Your ultimate goal will dictate your plan.
  2. Research competencies needed to take the next step. Identify any gaps you may have, and grow your skillset to match what is necessary for the new role.
  3. Make yourself the most eligible candidate for what you’ve determined is your next career step. Take a class, take on a new project to gain needed experience or volunteer.
  4. Network, network, network. Whether it’s with your current employer or other employers, connections can help you become the “known” candidate.
  5. Be confident! Sometimes this is easier said than done, but it is a very important piece of the puzzle. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to be confident about you?
  6. Brand yourself to match your targeted job. Branding includes your resume, LinkedIn profile, and the message you convey when engaging with influencers.

Whether you know the change you want to make and just need a plan to get there – or you are stuck in confusion about your career direction, Marilyn can help you with career coaching and life coaching for all phases of the process – including building your confidence!

Contact Marilyn to schedule your 10-minute complimentary introductory phone chat or your 45-minute consultation at [email protected] or (847) 322-8292.

 

 

 

Need a Career Change? But Confused About Your Career Direction?

Now that you’ve identified your personality style, natural abilities, values, and passionate interests, using validated assessments, how do you choose a career?

My 3-Step Holistic & Collaborative Approach:

  • First -we’ll use the prioritized data from your assessments, along with your desired lifestyle and life goals, to create Your Best-Fit Snapshot or Career Profile.
  • Second – we’ll explore and assess careers that most closely match your Snapshot/Profile.
  • Third – if your Best-Fit careers require further education or training, we’ll explore schools that are a good fit for you. On the other hand, if no additional education or training is needed, we’ll design a job search plan and assess specific jobs and employers to identify a good fit – and figure out which jobs you should apply to.

3 Ways to Tell if a Job – and Employer are a Good Fit

  1. Competent Leaders. Based on data from LinkedIn, employers’ websites, Glass Door, Best Places to Work, and similar resources, along with your professional network, you can figure out whether you like and can respect a company’s leaders. Some questions you can ask are:
  • Do you like the leaders as people? For example, from what you know about them, do they seem to have integrity, care about the well-being of their employees, and are they genuine?
  • Secondly, do they have strong leadership skills? The best companies to work for have great leaders. You can distinguish strong leaders from the average manager by assessing qualities, such as self-confidence, industry knowledge, respect for others, and an optimistic attitude.
  1. Location. For many individuals, where the job is located can be of great importance.
  • Proximity to the arts, culture, recreational activities, mountains, the ocean, family, friends, and good schools can all be factors that are important to you.
  • Do you prefer to work remotely? Does the company offer remote working opportunities?
  • The length and nature of your commute can also influence how desirable a job is to you.
  1. Mission of the Company. Make sure you can embrace the goals and core values of a prospective employer.
  • The mission statement conveys the company’s direction.
  • It also outlines goals for what you and your team or department will need to focus on accomplishing. It’s important to determine if the company’s values are a fit with your own.

If you want to explore a career change, Marilyn will work collaboratively with you, at your own pace — to answer these questions and help you gain direction for a Best-Fit career.

TO SCHEDULE A COMPLIMENTARY 10-MINUTE INTRODUCTORY MEETING OR YOUR FULL 45-MINUTE CONSULTATION PLEASE EMAIL MARILYN AT: [email protected]