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Career Coaching

Our life’s work, and the meaning we derive from it, is much too important to delegate to a company to manage.

Ruben Rodriquez, Integral Impact

Careers are hard. You’re trying to balance work and life while your company strives for growth. And this is against backdrop of a world economy that twists and turns like a windsock at an airfield. The more you understand and take an active hand in driving your career, the more successful and balanced your life will be. The key is to understand why you’re where you are, and what actions you need to take to navigate your next move.

Career coaching is some of the most rewarding work that I do. I help you put your career in the context of who you are, what you have to offer, and what people might pay you for. This creates sort of a Venn diagram that is constantly shifting as you grow and as the times change. The intersection of the Venn diagram points the way forward for you.

Over the years I’ve learned a lot about earning a livelihood in a satisfying way in our modern economy. I help people gain a deeper understanding of what’s important to them and how they prefer to work; figure out what they should be doing with their lives; navigate the complexities of a job search; jump-start in a new role; and thrive in complex organizations. One day we might be exploring values and preferences and the next we might be doing last-minute preparation for an interview or revising a first 90-day plan.

The way we work is changing — and, along the way, how companies attract, employ, develop, and retain talent is rapidly evolving. Career progression and talent development was once vertically integrated within each company. It was not inconceivable for someone who began their career in the mail room to end end up in the C-Suite. Not so any more. Companies now divide their need for talent between short and long-term, between core and commodity. Talent for each of these divisions is sourced from widely different places. Contract to hire and short-term project “auditions” are becoming common — at all levels.

Understanding this complex new world of work takes insight, persistence, and determination. There are tools that can help but, most importantly, you want to be asking yourself the right questions. Who are you? What are you good at? What can you do that brings value to an employer or to the marketplace?

You own your career. It has a rhythm and a life-cycle that is unique to you. I implore you to manage it in a way that leads to fulfillment and meaning.

Start where you are today, define the vision of where you want to be, then move forward towards your sweet spot.

Here are some of the areas that I can help you explore en route to a vibrant and satisfying career:

Who are you?

  • Values
  • Preferences
  • Your strengths

Your career “sweet spot”

  • Understanding your history
  • What you’ve accomplished
  • What you’ve learned
  • What you’re ready to do

Marketing and “selling” yourself

  • Updating your resume and your LinkedIn profile
  • Confidence and presence
  • Job search strategy
  • Cover letters
  • Interviewing & interview preparation

Networking

  • The Networking Mindset
  • Networking in Action
  • Networking Inside Organizations

What’s Next…

I can help you understand how careers work, and how to work your career. If you would like to grab the bull by the horns and take control of your career, please contact me for a complimentary exploratory / strategy session.

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