Hi Everyone!I was recently interviewed by
NBC-TV News Channel 12 in Phoenix to share my strategies on how you can
change careers faster.
Watch the video clip and let me know what you
As I sat at the car wash on Sunday waiting for my car to get sparkly
clean, I learned something new by reading a small community newspaper –
the unemployment rate in the city where I live (Chandler) is 4.6%.
is significantly lower than my state’s average which is 7.1%, and even
lower from the national rate that the media keeps harping on. Just
reading that simple fact lightened my mood and made me feel more
If you’re feeling blue about the economy and your career situation, I
encourage you to TURN OFF the TV, stop reading the newspapers, and
conduct your own search to get ALL THE FACTS. I’ve found a great
website that allows you to view the unemployment rate by city, as well
as identify the BEST markets for you! http://www.bls.gov/web/laummtrk.htm
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everyone! Here is my latest article,The Blueprint for Reinventing Your Career. I would love to read your feedback. If you have any questions
please don’t hesitate to leave a comment here or write me at Service@careercoaching360.com.
There are times in everyone’s career that you feel like running away and starting all over again, and I’m here to say that you can do it! I’ve reinvented my career five times including being a disc jockey in radio, public relations director in professional sports, community relations director in television, regional marketing manager in finance, and now I’m a global program manager in high tech.
If you’d like to change careers but worried that your salary would decrease, take comfort in knowing that each time I changed careers I received a pay increase! Reinventing your career successfully simply means repackaging your skills, qualifications and accomplishments so that you can transition into a new job role, company, or industry. Here is my own five-step blueprint for reinventing your career more quickly, easily and maybe even with a higher salary!
1. Where’s your passion? The first step is to identify where you want to go. In which industry would you like to work? Advertising? Finance? Health Care? When I wanted to stop being a disc jockey, I knew that I wanted to go into television. And after a successful career in television, I then set my sights on getting into Corporate America. I wasn’t sure what kind of job role I wanted (or could get!), but the first step was determining the industry where I wanted to work.
If you’re not sure where you want to go (just that where you are now is definitely the wrong place!) then read trade magazines, industry publications and classified ads in your local newspaper. Visit a bookstore and browse through books and magazines to see what grabs your attention. Allow yourself time to figure out what lights your fire and inspires you!
2. What are your transferable skills? These are skills that transition from industry to industry, or from job role to job role. Examples include: managing projects, teams, clients or budgets, as well as negotiating contracts, or proposing and implementing ideas that generate money, save money, or help the company be more competitive.
Other transferable skills include personal characteristics such as demonstrating leadership or risk taking, training or mentoring team members, being goal driven, results oriented, a problem solver, or having the ability to influence senior managers. These are ALL great skills to have, and they transfer from industry to industry. All industries and companies value employees with these types of skills and characteristics.
3. Matching your transferable skills to job roles. Read job descriptions posted on CareerJournal.com, CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com, as well as the classified ads in industry magazines, trade journals, and local newspapers. If you want to work for a specific company then check out their website’s on-line job postings. Learn the skills and qualifications required for various job roles.
Match your transferable skills to those jobs you want to go after. If there’s a gap between the required skills and the skills that you currently have, then look for ways to gain that experience such as taking on an extended assignment in your current job, freelancing, consulting, or even volunteering.
Also, attend industry conferences, trade shows, business networking events and association meetings. Talk to people who work in the industry to learn about their career path, responsibilities, and advice for how to break into the business.
4. Blow up your resume. The first thing I always did before I transitioned into a new career was blow up my resume. Trying to piece together a resume that highlighted the skills I used to get my last job with the skills I need to land my next job is like trying to weld together Lexus parts on a BMW. It doesn’t work. You need a brand new resume.
Showcase only those jobs, responsibilities and successes that relate to the job you want. The hiring manager doesn’t care about every job you’ve ever had. They just want to know, Can you do their job? You should also get a professional resume critique to help power up your resume and stand above your competition.
5. Attitude is the key ingredient! I’ve found that getting a new job really boils down to two things: confidence and passion. I’ve never walked into an interview having met all of the job requirements. In fact, for the television interview, I lacked the two biggest requirements which were a minimum of two years experience in television, and a tape to show proof of my TV work (I didn’t have any TV work!)
To compensate, I focused on my transferable skills which were being highly creative and a solid copywriter. That got my foot in the door for the interview. But to get the job offer and beat out the other 100 job candidates, I was passionate about the company and the job! I also told the hiring manager that I absolutely knew that I could do the job!
There’s a kind of quiet confidence that we all have down deep inside. A confidence that comes from knowing what we’re capable of doing. When you transition into a new job role or a new company, you need to show the hiring manager that you have confidence in yourself and know that you’ll be successful in the job.
When it comes to reinventing your career, it’s not just your talent but your attitude that counts! If you’d like more tips to advance your career visit our website for career tools, resources, and coaching support at: www.CareerCoaching360.com.
My phone keeps ringing. Normally, I like that!
but these days it’s due to a flurry of professionals panicking because in their
mind “there aren’t any jobs out there.”
That is simply NOT TRUE.
quality, results oriented professionals and executives. And more so today, than ever before!
survive in this economy doing business as status quo. They must have great talent supporting the
company to rise up and move ahead.
companies are now taking inventory of which employees are go-getters and
helping the company move forward, and which employees are not.
that yes it’s a little trickier finding those great job openings these days, but
with a foolproof job search strategy and a top notch resume – you CAN and you
WILL get hired!
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As always, if you ever need any career help
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