Want A Change In Careers? It’s Up To You!

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It’s totally normal for people to end up getting trapped in a job that they don’t enjoy. Whether it’s because the job is dull, it offers no real satisfaction, or simply because your boss and coworkers are unpleasant and frustrating to be around, an unpleasant job can make your life a living nightmare. Of course, when you’re in that kind of situation you have two choices. You can either spend all of your time feeling miserable and wishing that you could be doing something else. Or you could get out there into the world and find something better to do with your time. It might not be easy to do this, but it’s always the better option. With that in mind, here are a few ways to take your career back into your own hands.

Start actively looking

Far too often people end up hating their jobs, but all they do is sit around waiting for something better to fall into their lap. If you’re doing that, let me save you some time. It’s never going to happen! Sorry to say it but if you want to find a better job, it’s up to you to go out and actually look for it. Luckily, it’s never been easier to do that. There are plenty of services out there that allow you to find the best possible career opportunities within specific areas as quickly as possible. The act of finding and applying for jobs really has never been easier than it is right now. Make sure that you’re taking as much care as possible to look for the right job at every opportunity.

Improve your resume

Of course, it won’t matter how many jobs you find and apply for if your resume isn’t putting your best foot forward. Far too often people start applying for jobs when their resume is “good enough.” The truth is that, in today’s hyper-competitive job market, “good enough” simply isn’t good enough. You need to have a resume that’s going to really amaze potential employers and help you stand out from the crowd. And the only way that you’re going to be able to do this is to think as carefully as possible about what they might be looking for and then to tailor it towards them.

Hone your skills

Then again, if you don’t have that much to put on your resume, then it’s never going to be as impressive as it could be. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to take this time to develop new skills and hone the ones that you already have. That way, you might be working at a job you find pointless, but at least you can take comfort in the fact that you know you’re working towards something. Otherwise you might want to retrain entirely. Whether it’s a public safety degree, and online masters in business management, or something completely different, if you want to do something different, you need the right skills. Just make sure that you’re not taking on too much when both working and training.

Sure, the idea of trying to find a new job while working one already can be pretty exhausting, but the truth is that no one ever got anywhere in life by taking the easy route. If you really want to be happy in your career, then you can’t get away with coasting along doing the bare minimum. What you get out of your life and career will always depend on what you’re willing to put into those things.

Turning The Page Forward On A New Chapter In Life

If you were part of a 4 x 100 relay team which leg would you run?

I’d be first out of the gates. I love the start.

When running a relay it’s common sense to not look back or you risk getting passed up.

But how often do we look back on our lives and dwell on mistakes, misfortunes and plain ol’ bad luck?

At a certain point, asking “why” something happened is the wrong question to ask.

Instead turn the page and focus on what’s in front of you.

One of the reasons I chose coaching as a career was because I hired one earlier in life. I loved how my coach worked on my agenda, goals and pace. Experiencing that from the client’s seat made me want to switch chairs so I eventually did.

Coaching is about the future, finding solutions and asking “how.”

Any time making a career transition it’s going to be tough starting over from scratch, but your mentality towards that change will make or break you.

Did you know it takes 200 applications to land a job on average, but only 10 connections via networking to find something new?

That means you have 20x better chance networking than job hunting to start your new career! #stopapplyingstartnetworking

There’s always fear of the unknown, but it’s more invigorating to chase after that shiny object than chase your tail.

Imagine driving on the freeway. How much time is spent looking ahead vs. in the rear view mirror (mostly for cops)? That analogy works for life.

Don’t waste your time looking back when you can be moving forward.

Starting a new chapter in life is about attitude. It’s what you can control 100%.

Corporate Survival Guide For Your Twenties

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Kayla is someone I first encountered through a LinkedIn Group I manage and her posts were very insightful. I’ve witnessed her blossom from a blogger into an author and thought her advice would be helpful to my readers. I haven’t had the pleasure to meet her in person yet (because we live on opposite coasts), but we do follow each other on Twitter and Instagram. Here’s my interview with her:

1) Tell us a little bit about your journey to becoming an author

I’ve always wanted to write a book. It’s always been on my bucket list, but if I’m being honest, I never thought it’d actually happen. A couple years ago I got inspired one day and I wrote down a whole bunch of thoughts and ideas for this book I wanted to write. I wrote it down on colored construction paper and threw it into my computer bag, the place where all my scribbles and post-it notes go to die. But one day last summer, I received an e-mail from a publishing company and I took the time to read it. They had found my blog, and they asked me if I was interested in putting together a book proposal. The first thing I did was Google the heck out of them to make sure they were a legit company, and after I verified that yes, they were very real, I retrieved that page of colored construction paper and I started working on my proposal. A year later, here I am, officially an author. How cool is that?!

2) In the past year you got married, bought a house and published a book: how did you manage it all?

Oh, you mean, you don’t want to hear the stories about me in the fetal position having full-blown panic attacks? LOL!  Manage it all? Somehow I did it, although I was an absolute crazy person this past year. I really learned to use my time wisely, so I would spend my lunch breaks writing little sections of my book and I would continue writing when I got home from work. I would write on the weekends and pretty much any free time I had would be spent with my computer on my lap. Thankfully I have a super-supportive husband who dealt with me ignoring him from to time so I could get my writing done. But the turnaround time for my book was insane! I was offered my book deal in August and my draft was due in November. Hence the panic attacks. I was literally writing my book until the day before my wedding. I got married on a Saturday, and Friday, Joe was greeting our out of town guests while I was up in our room writing. Definitely intense, but so worth it.

3) As someone who graduated from college early and jumped into the corporate world immediately, what do you wish you knew then that would have helped you?

That’s a good question. I wish I had known that it was totally okay for me to explore other career options. I feel like I got into a career as a young professional and I thought, “this has to be it…this is what I studied,” even though I wasn’t passionate about it. I wish I had been a little less harsh on myself, allowing myself to explore more of my passions and interests, even if that meant job hopping a bit more during the first few years out of college.   

4) You refer to Millennials as being more “lost” than any other generation before, can you elaborate more on that?

Millennials are for the most part overachievers. I think a lot of us have big goals and dreams for ourselves and we want to make an impact. But when it comes to figuring out HOW to do that, I think that’s where we struggle sometimes. We have multiple passions and interests and with technology making so many things accessible to us, I think we often struggle to figure out which direction we want to go in. But I think that’s just what happens when we’re young and trying to figure out who we are and what we want to do, so I think the key to success here is to embrace that feeling of being lost and not thinking of it as such a bad thing. 

5) Give us a preview of your book and how it can help 20 somethings navigate the business world!

Corporate Survival Guide for Your Twenties is a down-to-earth, no BS guide to navigating those first few years at work. I mean, it’s not going to matter that we got our dream jobs if we don’t know how to behave in the workplace and get fired in three days, right? So the book’s designed to give readers some advice regarding things like starting off on the right foot, getting people to like you, earning your boss’ respect, and dealing with people you want to punch in the face. It’s got humor to it, because the last thing I wanted to do was write a book that was like a textbook or some lame HR manual, so it’s a fun read with practical advice and it’s something that I think even more seasoned employees would benefit from.

Winsight Episode 38: Why Less is More

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Why is less more? We hear that motto thrown around a lot, but what does it actually mean?

I believe it boils down to focus. As much as we can debate whether males or females are better at multitasking, biologically we’re both not meant to do it. That means in today’s world of instant gratification and multi-sensory overload when you’re engaged in more than one task at a time, you’re scattered and more opt to being distracted and making mistakes.

In this episode we’ll discuss the following:

  • Work environment: how/where you can do your best work
  • Why focus is achieved by elimination
  • What Kobe Bryant has done less of to accomplish more
  • How the answer to the question, “What do you do?” reveals if you do less or more

Doing less seems contradictory in today’s world, but it’s not. What is something you can do less of to accomplish more?