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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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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Don't Be Disappointed

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Picture yourself 20 years from now. What do you want to be looking back on?

What job do you want to do? What company do you want to work for?

Go for it now. Contact the hiring manager at the company you want to work for. Bring your best 'A' game to the interview and get the offer.

Take the risk.

Best of luck!



The Most Effective 30-60-90-Day Plan for Job Interviews

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Creating a 30-60-90-day plan for your job interview is a wonderful idea—but not all 30-60-90-day plans are equal. I’ve seen a lot of free plans online that are worth about as much as you pay for them (nothing!). These plans can help you crush your interview, but you must have a smart, strategic, effective plan.

What makes a truly effective 30 60 90 day plan?

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What Not to Do as a 50+ Job Seeker

over 50 job searchNavigating today’s demanding and ever-changing job market is tough—no matter what age you are. If you’re 50 or over, however, learning the ropes can be even more of a challenge. It’s highly likely that it’s been years upon years since you last searched for a job, and the market has changed tenfold since you were in this position.How do you navigate this strange new territory?How do you reach out to the people you want to hire you?Just what is the key to writing resumes that get you hired in today’s world?We have a few tips on things to avoid to help make your search easier.

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Questions to Ask a Career Coach Before You Hire Them

career coach questionsChoosing the right career coach is important. How can you make sure that you are choosing a career coach with the right match of personality, skill sets, and experience for you?

Do your research and get a few questions answered before you commit to time with a coach.

What kinds of things do you want to know? (You may be able to find some of these answers on their websites or LinkedIn profiles, rather than by asking them directly.)

What is your field of expertise?

If you're in a specialized field, it makes sense to find a coach who understands your field and has experience in it. It also makes sense to find a coach with experience in helping people reach the goal you want to reach (getting the job, getting the promotion, etc.).

What are your credentials?

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Keep Happy and Be Tough

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Your attitude is everything. If you can develop and maintain a good attitude, you have mental strength that keeps you going when things get tough.

This can be a really difficult thing to do in a job search, when you're uncertain, uncomfortable, possibly feeling rejected, and maybe even scared about your future. But, you'll always be better off with a positive attitude instead of a negative one.

You'll be happier, you'll reach out for opportunities more often, and you'll be more appealing to employers (which means you'll get hired faster).

Always know that if you're unemployed, this is a TEMPORARY situation. You will get a job.

If you need a little help with this (and don't we all, sometimes!), use these resources:

  • If you are having a confidence problem, or if you think you're doing everything right but you're just not seeing the results you want, consider getting some personal career coaching.

Best of luck!



Executives: Don’t Put These 5 Things in Your Resume!

executive resume writing mistakesExecutive resumes deserve just as much attention as a resume for any other job. You may be surprised to know most resumes for executive positions are generally poorly done. However, that just gives you the opportunity to shine brightly when it comes to your resume! Your executive bio needs to stand out from the rest. Most importantly, it needs to be error-free and you need to avoid putting some things in it altogether. We’ve compiled a list of five common, but unnecessary, things people put in their executive resumes.

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Is Career Coaching Worth It?

is a career coach worth the moneySo…you’re in a job search, tight on money and worried about the future. Is hiring a career coach worth the investment of money or time?

Well, you could ask a client I recently coached…he received a job offer for somewhere he really wanted to work, but was a little dismayed at the salary they offered him. He contacted me (a career coach) to ask what to do.

I worked with him for an hour total on coming up with a counter offer that he felt comfortable with, and he ended up with a salary $50,000 higher than what he was originally offered.

How’s that for a return on investment?

Granted, that’s an extreme case…but I’ve worked with many, many people over the years who benefited in significant ways from coaching.

One person had no trouble getting interviews, but she never received an offer…until I role-played an interview with her and discovered that she was bringing up salary and compensation way too early in the process. It scared interviewers away from her, even though she was extremely qualified. As soon as she stopped doing that, she got an offer. She might have gone months or even years before she got hired…so that coaching time earned her thousands of dollars.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Never Succumb to the Temptation of Bitterness

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was speaking of big problems and big hopes in the struggle for civil rights when he said, “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness,” but this is wisdom for us all in every area of our lives.

The temptation to be bitter can be strong for a lot of reasons when you’re in a job search if:

  • you’ve been laid off or fired, or forced to look for a new job because of problems in your current one
  • you’re older and you know that you’re being passed over for interviews because of your age
  • you think you’ve been passed over for interviews or jobs because of your skin color, name, ethnicity, religion or background

You can be completely in the right; you can be treated unfairly; the deck can be stacked against you…but your answer is not to be angry or bitter.

(Read: Are you ticked off because you have to get a new job?)

Bitterness will keep you from going after opportunities, and it will make you say things in job interviews that hurt you (trashing your old boss, not speaking in a positive way about failures or setbacks, etc.).

What is the answer? Keep moving. Move on to the next opportunity. Widen your net. Contact more hiring managers. Find the place and the position where you and your skills will be valued.

I think the only way to do this is:


Keep moving forward.

Be positive always.

Know your job is out there—you just have to go find it.

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Best of luck!



Creating a 30-60-90-Day Plan that Wins the Job Offer

creating a 30 60 90 day planCreating a 30-60-90-day plan is a fantastic way to stand out from your competition in a hiring process. I’ve seen it help people with less experience (or zero experience) beat out others with substantial experience. I’ve seen it boost the value of job offers for those who bring it. I’ve even seen it help job seekers get offers for bigger titles and more senior roles than what they actually interviewed for. It really is kind of an interview miracle worker.

However (there’s always a catch, right?)…some job seekers have said to me, “I don’t know what you’re talking about…I took a plan and didn’t get the job.”

I respond, “Let me see your plan.”

Almost without fail, I see one of two problems:

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How Technology Can Improve Your Job Search

job search technologyAs you and nearly everyone else in the world have realized and are experiencing as we speak, technology has drastically changed the way people interact with one another. This goes not only for casual conversation, such as through social media, but through the way customers and businesses interact and even how people seek out jobs.

If you’re a senior-level professional on the hunt for a new position, you’re probably taking in just how much job hunting has changed since the last time you had to look for work. However, many of the changes delivered by technology are quite beneficial to job seekers!

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Job Search and Career Success: What Does Luck Have to Do with It?

job search and career preparationWe all know people who are lucky. The good things in life just fall into their laps, whether it’s love, a great career, or winning the lottery. It might be easier to throw up your hands and think that it’s karma, but in your more reflective moments you’ve probably realized that there’s a bit more to it than that. You do, after all, have to meet the right person to fall in love, and you at least have to buy a ticket to win the lottery. As far as success at a career, you have to be ready for it.

The Roman philosopher Seneca said that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” and he’s been quoted and paraphrased many times over the centuries because there’s more than a bit of truth in the statement. If you haven’t done the prep, you can’t take advantage of the opportunity. Or, as Thomas Jefferson put it, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

In terms of finding a job in the business world and making the most of career opportunities along the way, you’ve got to be ready for every door that opens. That means:

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8 Reasons to Hire a Career Coach

hire a career coachThe list of reasons to hire a career coach is as long as the number of people with careers. Everyone has their own story, their own issues and obstacles, and their own needs.

However, hiring a coach can give you distinct advantages in a number of areas that many of us could benefit from in our job searching and career paths.

When should you consider getting a coach?

  • You’ve been job searching for a while with no luck.

Many a job seeker is making mistakes they don’t even realize. Sometimes it’s a resume problem. Sometimes it’s how you’re coming across in interviews. Sometimes you’re not marketing yourself well online.

If you’ve been searching with no luck and you’ve already tried some changes that aren’t working, it’s time to call in an expert to diagnose the problem and give you a solution that WILL work.

  • You are transitioning to a new career.

A coach with experience in the field you want to enter is the perfect resource to help you market and present yourself to potential employers. They can help you decide how to present your experience in a way that makes sense and appeals to hiring managers in that arena.

  • You have a difficult situation in your past that you have no idea how to talk about with potential employers.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Timeless Wisdom for the New Year

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American inventor, scientist, author, printer, and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin is known for his wise and witty advice--his tips for your new year are a great example.

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors,
and let every new year find you a better man. - Ben Franklin

I believe we ought to do something every day to make us better and stronger than we were before. Read self-improvement books, spend time with a mentor, invest in time with a career coach, watch helpful videos, attend a webinar or other class to learn from experts. Lower your stress, start working out, eat healthy foods, and grow your friendships. Replace bad habits with good habits.

Here's the key:

If you want to have something different than you had last year,
you have to do something different than you did last year.

Here are a few resources to help you:

Best of luck!



This Is Why You Need to Bring a 30-60-90 Day Plan to Your FIRST Interview

use a 30 60 90 day plan to get a job offerSometimes, when I tell job seekers to bring a 30-60-90 day plan to their first interview, they don't agree with me. They say things like:

  1. "Isn't that a little presumptuous?"
  2. "How could I possibly know what to put in a plan this early?"
  3. "Don't I need to save that to wow them in my second interview?"

Here's what I say:

  1. It isn't need to be competitive and stand out.
  2. You have to do some research--but the result is a better, stronger interview.
  3. You may not make it to the second interview if you don't show your best self in the first one.

Jim's story is a great example of this:


I just wanted you to know that yesterday I had a very competitive interview. I completed my 30-60-90 Day Plan and brought it with me.

  1. I was the only candidate who brought a plan
  2. The company typically asks their final candidates to provide their plan AFTER the interviews, to see how quick they can provide them with this data and to see how well organized they are in their approach.
  3. By bringing my plan to the interview, I was the one who received the offer 24 hours later.

Thanks, this was a game changer!

Jim L.

There is no MUST bring a 30 60 90 day plan to your first interview.

You need to get the offer!

Find out more about 30-60-90-day plans and get your own plan template and coaching today:

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Best of luck!