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What Does a Career Coach Do?

career coachingYou may have heard the term ‘career coach,’ but you wonder, "What is a career coach?“What can career coaching do for me?”

A career coach is someone who can help you in your career—either to advance, to secure a new job, or to transition into a new position. A coach can also be someone who helps you with starting your own business. These are broad categories.

Here are some specific things a good career coach can do for you:

Job Search Documents

  • Improve your Resume
  • Develop a 30-60-90-Day Plan
  • Create a Brag Book

Online Presence

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Five Ways You Can Nail Your Winter Job Hunt

job hunt tipsIt can be very tempting to shut down, or slow down, your job search during the winter months. However, companies are hiring. Now is not the time for you to stop creating perfect resumes that get you hired. Here are five things to keep in mind while you are on your job hunt.

1. Use Social Events to Your Advantage

You don’t have to rely solely on professional networking events in order to make business connections. Any conversation could lead to work-related topics, so you always need to have a professional mindset to be ready if the opportunity arises. Don’t discount the people you know, from casual friends to industry colleagues. You never know where a conversation could lead, and who your associates might know.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Improve Your Self-Talk

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How do you talk to yourself? This is so important. Your inner voice is with you all the time. It has a big impact on how you see yourself and what actions you choose to take.

Think about what you say to yourself. If you wouldn't say it to your child, your love, your grandmother, or your best friend, don't say it to yourself.

A positive attitude is critical to your life and your job search. Boost your positive mindset today! Check these out:

Don't forget to attend my free job search webinars this week!

Best of luck!

 

Social Media Makeover: What to Do Before You Start Hunting

optimize linkedin profileBelieve it or not, the majority of employers will review your social media profiles before hiring you. Social media used to be just a fun way to communicate with friends online, but since it’s been booming in recent years, recruiters are also utilizing social media. It basically gives employers free access to see how you interact with others, how clearly you communicate ideas and what you do when you’re not at work. LinkedIn is one of the most popular platforms recruiters use so you need to learn how to optimize your LinkedIn profile before you get on the job hunt!

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What Is a Career Coach?

what is a career coachWhat is a career coach? A career coach is someone who helps you be better and stronger at all those things that are critical to your career success.

We don’t learn those things in school. In school, we learn the technical knowledge we need to do the job, but we don’t typically learn those skills we need to GET the job we want.

(A quick seminar on resume writing or interviewing through your college career center is nice, but doesn’t actually get you that far.)

So what kinds of things would a career coach address with you?

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Love What You Do

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I love my job. I hope you love yours, too. If not, that's one of the best things about developing job search and interview skills--you can always get another job.

Companies are hiring now. If you don't love your job, now's your chance to do something about it. Here are some resources to help you:

  • Talk to a personal career coach for ways you may be marketable for other jobs and gain strategies to make that career transition.

Best of luck!

 

56 Year Old (No College Degree) Lands 6 Figure Job

6 figure salary jobI wanted to share this with you to encourage you in your job search. If you're reading job listings and wondering how you're going to get hired, or if you're applying for jobs and getting no response, this is for you.

Tim had only a high-school diploma and was 56 years old. He applied for many jobs online but didn't get any interviews from that and he was terrified.

Did he have to go back to school? Did he have to take a lesser-paying job? No and No.

He only souped up his job search and interview skills - and got a 6-figure job offer! It's a great story:

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A Hiring Manager’s Advice on Creating a 30-60-90-Day Plan

30 60 90 day planWhen you bring your 30-60-90-day plan to your job interview, there are a few things hiring managers wish you knew.

What advice would they give you BEFORE you create your plan?

Some hiring managers know what 30-60-90-day plans are, and some don’t—until you introduce them to it in your interview.

Whether they’re new to the plan or have seen it many times, hiring managers agree that there are a few ‘need-to-know’ tips that would help you (and them) have a better experience and a more effective job interview.

Check out our hiring manager’s guide to creating the most effective 30-60-90-day plan:

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Are You Limiting Your Job Search Potential?

job search tipsWhile no one intentionally wants to sell themselves short, it is unfortunately a common aspect of human behavior. This isn’t always the result of low self-esteem. Sometimes this happens as a result of developing bad habits and getting stuck in them for too long. Case in point: your resume. Quite a few people struggle with their job search for months, only to visit professional resume writers and learn their resume is the majority of the problem! Your resume is supposed to help your chances of finding work, not hinder it! Here are a few ways you can help yourself.

Don’t View Your Accomplishments Through the Wrong Lens

Many people think of their accomplishments from previous jobs as being the general responsibilities associated with them. This is not only false, but downplays your own unique skills tremendously. Never list your basic duties under your accomplishments! Rather, think about what you did for the position that no one else could.Think about what impact you left upon the previous companies you’ve worked for and anything you’ve received commendation for. This is worth mentioning. It provides potential employers with an excellent picture of what kind of employee you’ll be and why you’re worth bringing aboard over everyone else looking for the same position.

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How to Prepare for an Interview - Infographic

Acuity-Interview-Preparation-Infographic - CopyCheck out this Interview Preparation Infographic from Acuity that explains why preparation is the most decisive factor in interview success.

(A big reason to create a 30 60 90 day plan!)

It's packed with stats you need to know:

  • 93% of employability is determined by preparation
  • 47% of candidates who have little or no knowledge of the company are rejected
  • 75% of employers say receiving a follow up impacts their decision making

...and much more.

Preparing for your job interview is absolutely critical.

Download Career Confidential's Free Job Interview Prep Kit! Learn more about it here.

See full infographic below.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Achieve Greatness

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I used to have an office on a busy street, with a sign in the window that said 'No Soliciting.' Once in a while, a salesperson would come in and see if I was interested in what they had for sale. Sometimes I bought from them--even though I had that No Soliciting sign in my window.

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How to Get Back in the Job Market After a Long Absence

how to get a job after a long absenceHave you not worked in a while? Whether it's because you've been laid off or took time off to care for children or family members, it can be difficult to get back in the job search and secure an offer. But there is a way.

You can secure multiple interviews and overcome any employer's doubts about you, like this job seeker did:

I [directly contacted] CEOs and [got] personal responses back that led to more interviews than I can handle.

I also have used the closing of "now that we've talked how do you see me fitting the role and what concerns do you have?"

[A] hiring manager ... had one concern which is that the job is in NYC and there was a bias in the market that you needed to be from NYC to run a market there. That gave me a chance to give examples of how I have tackled similar challenges and when I spoke with HR in a follow up I found I had overcome the objection.

I have also used the 90 day plan which gave me great confidence.

I took almost two years off from work and was concerned about getting back in the game...your recommendations totally changed my job search and stirred up a ton of activity. Thank you.

-Name Withheld

If you are in the job search after an absence for whatever reason, you can get a great job. To do this, you need to:

  • Bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan to lessen the 'risk' of hiring you and help them see your value

I highly encourage you to brush up on your job search skills and learn what strategies and tips will really set you apart in today's job search:

Attend one of Career Confidential's Free, Live Job Training Webinars.

 

 

Want to Know How to Knock Your Finance Resume out of the Park?

finance resumeIn today’s increasingly digitized world, the resume is becoming more important than ever before. Your resume is one of the first ways potential employers get to know you, after all, which means it needs to be as polished as possible in order to make a good impression. However, crafting an excellent resume can be tricky, even if (or perhaps especially if) you have a lot of experience under your belt. If this is the case, let us offer you a few tips on how to achieve the best executive resume format and really “wow” your potential and future employers!

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The Halo Effect of a Quantified Resume

Halo Effect Resume Job SearchI've utilized the halo effect in my recruiting business for years, and it’s something you can use to give yourself a big advantage in your job search.

What is the ‘Halo Effect?’

The Halo Effect happens when we get an impression in one area that influences what we think of another area.

For example, we may assume that someone we think is attractive is also smart, kind, funny, or a good person. Or, we may see someone who’s good at something, and we assume that they’re also good at other things, or have a good personality.

The Halo Effect is the bias that’s created from those first impressions. It’s the reason that first impressions are so powerful.

Now that you know what it is and how it works, how can you make it work in your favor in a job search?

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How to Find a Career Coach

how to find a good career coachYou may realize that you want to work with a career coach for all the benefits you’ll gain from it—but how do you find the right coach for you?

Here’s a list of things to consider when searching for and deciding on a career coach:

  • Know What You Want to Get Out of Coaching

Do you need a Coach or do you need a Counselor?

In general, counselors will fall more heavily on the side of helping you determine which career path to take…what job you should do, what would make you happy, etc.

On the other hand, a Career Coach will tend to focus more on the here and now tools you need…how to get the job you want, how to market yourself, how to advance, etc.

  • What Kind of Coach are You Looking For?

You absolutely want someone with experience in coaching. No one wants to be the guinea pig for someone just starting out.

You may also want to consider finding someone with specific experience in your field. In some cases, their specialty knowledge can be invaluable.

  • How to Find the Right Person

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