What tools are you missing?

Shelly was a participant in my Unearth Your Worth™ 10 week program of career transformation.  At week 7, she had identified what she wanted to do, she had a clear picture of the job and career she wanted for herself.  She unearthed her strengths and skills, she knew what she was passionate about and had imagined in vivid detail the environment in which she would truly thrive.  She didn’t know what to do next.  She wondered if she could really get the job she wanted. At this point, she began to panic. 

It’s very common to feel this fear once you get clarity. One of the most effective ways to address this fear is to create a concrete plan of action, and start taking steps.  First, we clarified the goal. Our goal for Shelly was to create a powerful job search campaign.  She planned to launch a full time search effort to find the job she wanted. 

Then, we did a quick assessment of her job search tools.  To create the most powerful campaign for Shelly, she needed the following tools ready to go:

  • Powerful introduction (10-20 seconds).  This would be used for networking (online and in person), resumes, and interviewing.  This is also known as the “elevator speech” or “personal branding statement.”
  • Professional, up-to-date resume. 
  • Cover letter template.
  • References List – professional and personal.
  • Professional card, a business card that represents you professionally.
  • LinkedIn account and profile.
  • List of job titles that are a match for the kind of work you want to do.  Often companies use different titles to describe the kind of work.  

Shelly didn’t have a powerful introduction or a professional card.  She had a resume and cover letter, but felt they needed to be reviewed and improved.  She did have a LinkedIn account, and had been active on LinkedIn.  She had a short list of job titles based on what she had learned during her work in the program.  Our plan of action for Shelly started with these things.  As she began to get her tools ready, her fear dissipated, and her confidence increased.  She grew more excited and energized about her search.

Our next steps for Shelly included developing the following strategies for her search:

  • In person networking strategy and schedule
  • Online networking strategy and schedule
  • Target list of companies
  • Interview strategy
  • Follow up strategy

We tackled these components one at a time, so Shelly didn’t feel overwhelmed, but felt like she was doing the things she needed to do to get the job she wanted. 

In Shelly’s case, it wasn’t long before she was fielding offers and choosing which job was a good choice for her to start down her new career path.  Shelly now has the tools she needs for her next search, whenever that might be.  She is also confidently working in her new career.

Once you know what you want to do next in your career, it is time to create a tactical plan of action.  I welcome you to share your thoughts about your own plan on my blog below. 

I’d love to support you in your search.  Contact me now for your complimentary 30 minute Career Breakthrough Session and together we will assess what you have, and develop your plan based on what’s missing.  

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Client Stories

 I was looking to make large changes in my life, both job and city.  I was a happy midwestern resident for nearly 30 years but wanted to see what life on a coast was like and get a dream job.  This was a tall order and going into it I thought I would have to make large compromises on parts of my dreams to get any of it.  

I went to Lori to help me achieve these dreams.  It was the best decision I made.

She focused on two things right out of the gate:
  1. clarify my goals, both personal and professional
  2. get me to stop selling myself short

These twin achievements allowed me to approach my hunt with confidence, patience and focus.  My original dream job was to try and combine my technical joys with a personal one.  I enjoy large scale data processing with cutting edge tools, music and baseball.  Through the tools Lori taught me and helped me unearth in myself I got that gig that would have fallen into day dream territory before our work together.  

And yeah, there's platinum records on the walls of my lobby and I have tons of data to process.

Pat Christopher, Intelligence Engineer, Seattle, WA