Archive for January, 2015

Do You Go After the Right Interview, or the Right Job?

January 31, 2015

Success FailureWhat are you doing to find your next job? Are you blindly chasing interviews, hoping something will come along, or are you focused on finding a job that is a good fit for you?

If you’re not sure whether you are looking for the right job, you need to take the time to define the job you want. Often, a good place to start is with the job you have/had. I strongly suggest you take the time to write out your responses to the following questions. The results will help to focus you on what you really want.

1. What?
Describe the job you would want to be promoted to at your current (or last) company. Be honest with yourself, and be realistic. But let yourself dream about what you really want to do next. List the title, salary, responsibilities, and level of authority. What are the three most important goals you would have to achieve in that job in order to be successful? What are the daily tasks you would be expected to perform?

2. How?
How would you do this job if you had it? List the things you would need to do to achieve each of the three goals you described above. How would you perform the day-to-day tasks better than they are being performed now?

3. Why?
Why should you be assigned this job? What profit would you add to your company’s bottom line if you accomplished your goals? Make your best estimate. If you need to do some thinking and research to figure this out, do it. The profitability question is at the heart of every hiring decision.

If you’re not satisfied with what you came up with, select another job and do the exercise again. Keep practicing until you feel good about the work and the job you want to do.

4. Reality Check
Review your plan with someone you respect and trust at the company, or with someone who understands your business. You may even be able to review it with your boss, explaining that these are your professional goals over the next year. Ask for suggestions to improve your plan. Listen carefully to all comments. (If you think this exercise might land you a promotion at your current company, you’re right. This same planning that will also net you a new job if you are in a transition.)

Now, use what you’ve learned from taking the time to define the job you want – look for jobs that meet or exceed these requirements. Why waste your time settling for anything less?

Once you have identified the right job, you will be a powerful a candidate for that type of work. Don’t go after interviews — go after the right job – your career is too important not to.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at paxton.joyce@gmail.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***

Tips to Get, and Keep, Your Career on Track for 2015

January 21, 2015

Starting-LineWhen I talk with many of my clients, I find one of the things they want most out of their job is Job Security. I know several people who have recently retired after working at one company for over 35 years. Many of us saw our parents retire from a company where they worked throughout their career.

Most of us, while growing up, were taught to find a job we like, work hard at what we do, and expect to retire from that company with good retirement benefits. The company is supposed to take care of us until we want to retire, and then pay us a pension and maintain our health benefits. Does this sound like something you’re looking for?

While this is something that many people pursue, I can tell you that in this day and age, it is just not going to happen. Most people can expect to work at between 7 – 12 different jobs throughout their career. There are various reasons for this, but the important thing is that YOU have to recognize this will happen and prepare for it.

THERE IS NO JOB SECURITY! You are your job security – no one cares about your career like you do, so it is important that you make a plan of action to move your career in the direction you want it to go.

January is National Mentoring Month. Studies have shown that those who are most successful in their careers have had at least one mentor, or coach along the way. When working with a career coach, the focus is on solutions to specific challenges, so you can achieve whatever higher levels of career performance you choose. Coaching provides you with a support system so you can work through various concerns, and you receive motivational support so you can reach higher levels of career advancement. Studies have proven, time and again, that those people who work with coaches, attain many more of their career goals, and do so at a quicker pace.

“A person who aims at nothing is sure to hit it.” Anonymous

I, like many of us, write down the goals I want to accomplish over the next six months to a year, prioritize them and then make a plan to accomplish them. Most of us resolve to exercise, diet, get organized and simplify our lives, especially our work areas. We declare we will do a better job of “sticking with it” this year. Well, we can make all the plans to make changes, but unless we execute those changes, success is not going to happen. In order to be successful:
• Make your resolution an INTENTION – something you really intend to do
• Create an overall PLAN OF ACTION – how you will get from where you are to where you want to be
• List each of your ACTION STEPS to carry out your intentions – list what needs to be done to make each intention happen
• EXECUTE your action steps – schedule them into your daily/weekly routine so they get accomplished
• Then, CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCCESSES along the way – big and little ones – they will come!

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get what you want in your career – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at careerist@aol.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***

I can help you clarify the direction you want to take, give you a step-by-step process to get there, and support you each step of the way. Let me help you reach your career goals for 2015!