5 Networking Secrets to Steer Your Career to Greater Heights! by Connie Hampton

Guest Post by Connie Hampton, www.networkpolishkit.com Contact Connie at: connie[at]networkpolishkit.com SECRET #1: Most open positions are filled through personal networking.

SECRET #2: Companies hire only if they have a problem they can’t solve with the people they already have.

SECRET #3: The person trying to solve the problem and do their regular job knows about . . . → Read More: 5 Networking Secrets to Steer Your Career to Greater Heights! by Connie Hampton

Discouraged by your ideal job search?

I’ve noticed how frustrated and disheartened people can be by the results of their search for their ideal job. Recently, this conversation has come up again and again.

“I am so passionate about doing this kind of work. And I know my strengths and skills make me great at this kind of work. I am . . . → Read More: Discouraged by your ideal job search?

Can you talk about your strengths?

“My boss doesn’t value me or my input.” How many times have you had that thought? How many times have you griped to your friends or coworkers, “This company just won’t let me do what I’m capable of!”

I’ve been there. I’ve been frustrated and angry that I wasn’t truly seen for what I offer, . . . → Read More: Can you talk about your strengths?

Are you surviving or thriving?

When someone asks us what our dream job is, what is the career we’d love to have, 9 times out of 10 we will name a job title, and then proceed to describe all the things we’d get to do, our responsibilities and assignments. Maybe we’ll describe the type of person we work for, our . . . → Read More: Are you surviving or thriving?

Even a Calling Needs a Plan

I have been writing about a really powerful way to find a career that feels more like a calling than a job. There are 3 stages in this process: 1-Unearth, 2-Imagine, and 3-Create.

We have talked about Stage 1: Unearth, where you get to the truth about what you want, and what you offer. Things . . . → Read More: Even a Calling Needs a Plan

Want a career that feels like your calling?

Mike said, “I’ve been an architect all my life, and I hate it. I went to school to be an architect; I’ve only worked jobs as an architect. I don’t know anything else. I hate it, and I don’t want to start over.”

I then asked Mike, “So what if we were to wave a . . . → Read More: Want a career that feels like your calling?

Too late? Or perfect timing?

Does this sound familiar?

I’ve been at this career so long, it’s all I know.

I’m not sure I can do anything else.

I wish I knew then what I know now.

I’m afraid it’s too late for me.

I’ve always wanted to . . . → Read More: Too late? Or perfect timing?

Practice may not make you perfect, but it helps

This blog is generally awesome (yes, I said awesome). It is practical, insightful, actionable. Someone sent me this post (link) recently – and it applies all new and scary situations. Including – Job Interviews, Performance Reviews, Presentations, Networking Events – your Intro, etc., etc. Practice – Practice – Practice. Not just in your body, but . . . → Read More: Practice may not make you perfect, but it helps

Establishing Trust for Success

“..the most essential tool [mgrs] have in getting quality performances is a trusting relationship w/ the ppl who work for them.” S. Culbert (as tweeted by @estherderby earlier today)

If a trusting relationship is key for the manager, it is also key for the reporting employee. Therefore, I conclude that trust is foundational for success . . . → Read More: Establishing Trust for Success

Friday’s Links for Career Mastery

Here are this week’s finds.

How do you use LinkedIn to find a job? http://www.sonnyahuja.com/2010/13-class-tips-to-get-work-through-linked-in/

Please don’t make these “Big Blunder Job Hunters Make” – from WSJ.COM: http://ht.ly/25j9a

Often overlooked – but still important – non-verbal skills for success. When do you use these? At the interview, at the first day of work, when you . . . → Read More: Friday’s Links for Career Mastery

Client Stories

I hired Lori because I was feeling stuck in my job and needed to find a career that was more rewarding, more challenging, and more suited to me.  In the arts, it's difficult to find a job you enjoy that also pays enough to live on, but Lori helped me do just that! 

As we worked together, Lori always helped give me that extra nudge when I was having trouble taking the next step toward success and acknowledged and applauded me when I accomplished something that I'd been struggling with. 

Thanks to Lori, I got out of my 8-year rut at the same job and discovered a new career I love that brings me all of the things I want in a job--creativity, variety, challenge, learning, flexibility, teamwork, and cake.  With no professional experience but a desire to learn, Lori helped me find ways to become a cake decorator--first on my own and then, eventually, at a reputable cake shop.  Now, something I used to do just for fun has become something I make my living doing, and each workday flies by!

Emily Sweeney, Chicago, IL