Project Lead: Handling Your First Big Job

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For a lot of people, the idea of managing a professional project will feel like very unfamiliar territory. Most people don’t get the chance to explore this sort of job through their education, instead finding it to be a shock when they have to do it in their career. To help you with this, making it a lot less daunting, this post will be exploring some of the key jobs you’ll have to perform to make this work as a leader.

  • The Planning

Planning your project will be the first and most important part of something like this. Having a solid plan in place will make it impossible to find yourself stuck without knowing where to go, and you can find some areas to help you below. This is important for any type of company, even those with very little work to do.

Delegation: Choosing which job goes to which person will take a lot of work on your part. You will have to decide who is best for each role, making it hard to ignore the friendships or existing relationships you have.

The Split: Along with choosing who will do each job, you also have to consider how the work you have will be broken up. AGILE is a great methodology to look at for this. Though designed for software development, it can still be very useful to other sorts of work.

Monitoring: Keeping an eye on how well your job is going will be fundamental to keeping it on track. To do this, you will need to plan to have testing, assessments, and other work done at regular intervals.

  • The Outsourcing

Once you have a rough plan of the work you’re going to be doing, you’ll probably have an idea of what your existing team has the ability to handle. For example, in the case of software development, you’ll know if you have the right developers for the job. If you don’t, it isn’t the end of the world, though, and you can often hire someone temporarily. Websites like Freelancer are perfect for finding corporate event planning, product design, and all sorts of other services. Using this sort of initiative can make you look like a very good leader.

  • The Process/Assessment

With some of your work being handled outside of the company, the assessment you perform becomes much more important. At predetermined intervals, it is very worthwhile to conduct testing, audits, and even shake-ups to make sure that things are being handled correctly. This sort of work will be especially important if you have investors or clients looking for updates. There are loads of companies out there with the resources to help you with this. So, it could be worth doing some research to make sure you’re getting the right support.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to take the stress out of your first big project. A lot of people get very stressed when they have to deal with work like this. With the pressure you’re under, it would be easy to fall apart, and this could have a huge impact on the future of your career. Being prepared is always the best way to remain cool and collected, even when given issues to fix.

Why Career Coaches Don’t Make Money

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Perception is reality. Not all the time, but most of it.

Anyone can be a career coach. There’s no certification for it. In fact, most career coaches barely make any money doing it. Here’s why:

Prospecting clients is like identifying new car buyers. You can’t really convince someone they need it, you just have to be visible when people are looking for it. Career coaches can’t talk you into something you don’t want to do. They can just lay out their process and instill the confidence they can deliver your desired result. That’s it.

The irony is the people who need it most are usually broke or unemployed. The service shouldn’t be cheap (if it is I would question the credibility). Clients who benefit from it the most are usually older or further along in their career. If you’re hiring a coach out of desperation, you’re better off hiring a temp agency. Career coaching is a personal and professional investment. It’s about teaching you the skills to find a job on your own, not do it for you. If any coach promises you a job after they work with you, they’re lying (unless they’re going to hire you themselves).

On the business side coaching individuals is not scalable. You’ll never have too many clients on your plate unless you’re connecting with companies who hire you as a transitional coach (aka helping clients as part of a severance package). The money isn’t in individuals, it’s in corporate. That’s why if you’re not charging a decent amount, you’re wasting your time.

Career coaches who are reading this probably hate me.

Prospective clients reading this probably knew this already.

Here’s the caveat: if you call yourself a career coach, stop. People are skeptical.

If you’re thinking about hiring a career coach do it based on two criteria: fit and confidence. If you two “click” consider working with them. Lastly, if you have the confidence after talking to your coach he/she can get you to where you want to be, pay them.

The reality is people are changing jobs almost every year.

Is hiring a career coach a good idea? Depends what your expectations are.

But if you’re thinking about calling yourself a career coach or are one, you better figure out another way to make money.