Career Leadership: Understanding What You Feel

Last week we talked about the importance of your Career Leadership  to creating a life of meaning and satisfaction. This week, our Director of Career Services, Jill Banks, has developed a post to help you to understand and address some of your feelings about your work.   Understanding What You Feel by Jill Banks The statistics are stunning – a recent Gallup poll reported that 70% of Americans range from feeling “blah” to totally hating their jobs. As coaches, a…

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Career Leadership

The past two weeks we have been talking about Jim Carrey’s commencement speech at Maharishi University of Management. During that speech, he made two statements that spoke to us and clearly to many of you (based on your notes to us):   You can fail at what you don’t want to do so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.   AND   The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there…

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Are You Waiting Too Long?

Are you waiting too long to take the steps that will shape your future and bring more satisfaction to your career life?  As a career coach, when people come in for the first time I often hear the phrase, “I have been thinking of this for months – even years.”  I recognize that decisions that involve our career, leadership or personal goals need time to take shape, be considered and analyzed before being acted upon.  However, in my experience, I…

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Before you say “I Do”

Joining an organization is a lot like a marriage – it’s a commitment that will span the good times and bad, there will be days when you are delighted to stay and days when you think about leaving, and you may have the opportunity to create a connection that is rich and meaningful over time. And, as in a marriage, many of us join an organization because the good feelings we had about the hiring manager and we can be…

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Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year again, the time when we suggest that EVERYONE pull out their resume, dust it off, and update it to reflect who you are today.  Make sure that your summary of talents and accomplishments reflects the skills you want to offer moving forward, delete old/irrelevant jobs, and consider if there is a way to include something about yourself that adds a little color and brings you to life on the page.  Then print a clean hard…

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Looking Up and Moving Forward

As the job market begins to loosen up and attitudes about the economy grow more optimistic, take a few moments to evaluate your future. Are you satisfied with your current role or should you consider making a move? Do a quick scan of your work life and ask yourself, “Would I apply for (and be thrilled to be offered) the job I currently occupy?” If the answer is yes: Congratulations! You are in the right place. Be sure to ask…

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What do you wanna be when you grow up?

Do you remember when you were a kid, the many times you were asked what you wanted to be when you grew up?  Without even knowing it, that question probably shaped your current work satisfaction and it may be limiting your success in the new economy.   Many of us have chosen a career based on childhood dreams and/or the values that someone else held for us when we were young.  We assumed that we would be doing what we…

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Expand your impact: Create a professional presence

Career success in new economy requires that you make choices and take actions that will strengthen your ability to influence your workplace and create a more successful and satisfying job experience.   A professional presence requires that you make a conscious and deliberate impact on your work environment and, in return, you are willing to learn from and be influenced by your work environment – regardless of your position or title.  In other words, you show up fully because you…

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You Gotta Be You

So often, when people are seeking a job or trying to move to more satisfying work, they feel they have to hide who they are and act in ways that they believe will impress.  Instead of trying to impress people by pretending, dig a little deeper into yourself and show them who you are and how the whole of you can contribute to your success.  Share with them all of the skills that you bring to creating success – not just those you…

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The Holidays – Opportunities for Connection

Despite all of the hype about the joy of the season, for people who are looking for work or who are thinking about creating more satisfying work, the holidays can feel like a “dead” time.  They believe that everything is on hold and that they will need to wait until January to kick their efforts into high gear. In this new economy, you need to take charge of your career and grab the opportunities that are available to you when…

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