Is your head in the sand?

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Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity.
~Seneca

Most of us have been guilty of the “they’re so lucky” assertions. I hear it from careerists in regard to wishes for better opportunities and wistful envy of a colleague’s or friend’s advancements while they are left in what feels like the dust of opportunity and the waning light of their own careers.

Is Your Head in the Sand While Your Career Walls Crumble?

I’ve also witnessed a plethora of careerists, dutifully doing their jobs, even as the walls being to crumble around them, paralyzed by fear or uncertainty how to react. Instead of taking the reins of their search through self introspection, resume and interview prep and opportunity research, they stumble through the day, and try not to think about their jobs during their time away. They gradually begin to sink emotionally, and ultimately, financially, as their positions or careers wither.

This leads to the unfortunate pleas of the careerist, aching with urgency, requesting their resume be rushed to the finish line. After nearly two decades writing such stories, the stressful tenor of the professional paralyzed by the imminence of job loss or missing out an opportunity that is in their sights is all too familiar.

Ignite Your Career With the Power of Preparedness and Focus

If only they had prepared and kept on top of their career management portfolio. Without a fresh and strategic resume on hand, many careerists feel a frenzy when change comes knocking or when new opportunities ‘suddenly’ appear at their doorstep.

On the other hand, the familiar tone of an empowered professional seeing and acting, well in advance, upon the possibility of their company’s disruption by acquisition, marketplace decline or marketplace repositioning strikes another familiar chord. Or perhaps even, they are solidly entrenched, secure in their current role, but unhappy and wistful about what opportunities are within their reach.

What I’ve found–repeatedly, with no exception–is that the careerist who proactively prepares well in advance, for career and corporate shifts and change is the one that sings a song of joy when opportunities come knocking or feels a greater sense of calm when chaos erupts. This same careerist culls through the repository of their career wins and learnings to create a highly focused action plan, targeting their specific goals.

Action Begets Traction, and Maybe Even Your Dream Job!

Just today, I received the following email from a client who consistently (every couple of years) revamps his resume story to a) keep it updated; and b) ensure it is aligned with and focused on his future goals. The process this particular client recently underwent began in December and just crossed the finish line this week, four months later:

Hi Jacqui

As fate would have it, I got a call from a Sr Manager 2 days ago about a band 4 position in ABC company.  I am currently a band 5 so this is a pretty big opportunity for me.

I just wanted to share the good news and say thanks again for being a critical piece of my career development equation.

You must prepare and invest months, and often a year or more in advance for career change – the same way you plan and invest in your college education, your MBA, your next vacation, your home and property upgrade and even your children’s futures. The cost of not doing so mounts as the weeks and months of stagnancy multiply.

The return on investment in doing so can mean not only fewer months out of work but also might equal a bump up (or even a catapulting of) your current salary and compensation, and even, a better workplace culture. The return on investment may even equal landing your dream job. I’ll leave you with another recent success story from a careerist who proves that, through deliberate prep and patience, dreams can come true.

Long time no talk. I wish I had some good news to share with you before but it was a long process. My job hunt has finally come to an end and I got my dream job!

She continued, describing how undergoing the resume process went beyond having a great resume and preparing herself for the interviews:

It also gave me a clear idea of what kind of job I wanted. I turned down a couple of offers because I knew they weren’t a good fit. Working on that worksheet was not easy, but it was worth it!”

What’s stopping you from taking that next step toward career momentum and long-term satisfaction?

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I am one of only 50 master resume writers and have crafted more than 1,500 career stories that drive game-changing results. My bachelor’s degree in writing/journalism allows me to apply a journalist’s eye to your career.

 

 

 

9 Signs Your Leadership Style May Need an Overhaul

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It’s not uncommon for employees to get the urge to job shop when they find themselves or their careers oppressed by out-of-touch leadership. For most, self-diagnosing for antiquated leadership behavior may seem daunting. As such, the following list provides insight into nine things leaders do that show their leadership style may need an overhaul.

1. Lead from an ivory tower. A genuine leader is willing to spend time on the front-line and go shoulder to shoulder in battle. Moreover, serving their staff with expertise and resources rather than dictating orders from their ivory tower will invigorate productivity and morale.

2. Behave autocratically. While many leaders use words like “collaborate” and “brainstorm”, what they really mean is, “I want the rest of my team to assemble to validate how good my ideas are.” If leadership’s agenda and ego are hampering everyone else’s enthusiasm to contribute, expect innovation to plummet.

On the other hand, a modern-day leader understands that, through collaboration, original ideas can be unveiled, and new markets cornered. This rising tide mentality serves individuals and groups well; it also requires leadership to be willing to paddle from the same boat as their crew.

Follow this link to read the rest of the post: 9 Things Out of Touch Leaders Do.

Taking the Reins in a Stubborn Job Search Market

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So, it’s a tougher economic climate out there than it was a few years ago.

What are you doing to stir up conversations with prospective employers? Are you reading the trade journals, business journals and such to see whose career is advancing, whose company is growing or where new shoots of growth and opportunity are appearing?

From there, you can send a meaningful note to the specific person or company (sleuth around to find name/email of company representative) featured in the article, taking genuine ‘notice’ of their expansion and success.

Perhaps, even, after initial conversations, you will find they are experiencing growing pangs and need more help – you could be their next great hire. But sometimes you must START the conversation (versus passively awaiting a job posting to appear on a nameless board).


Photo via jenjazzygeek on Flickr

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I am one of only 50 master resume writers and have crafted more than 1,500 career stories that drive game-changing results. My bachelor’s degree in writing/journalism allows me to apply a journalist’s eye to your career.

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