Choosing a New Career You Love: The 1st Step
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by Laura Simms
1M ago
Choosing a new career you love can feel impossible if all you know is “I don’t know what I want to do, but I know it’s not THIS!” Keep reading to learn how to build on that starting point. (It may not feel like a starting point, but it is.) When I talk with a new career change client and say, “Hey, paint me the picture. What would meaningful work look like for you? Forget about job titles, forget about business ideas. Let’s think about the DNA of the thing. What might meaningful work consist of for you?” Sometimes they draw a total blank and say, “Laura, I don’t even know where to start. It ..read more
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Feeling Lost In Your Career?
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by Laura Simms
1M ago
If you’re feeling lost in your career, imagine that we are grabbing a cup of tea somewhere cozy so that I can help calm some fears and help you avoid some costly career mistakes. So grab a cup, and let’s dive in. Things You Might Say If You’re Feeling Lost in Your Career 1. I’m afraid If questioning your career path is bringing up fear, I want to validate that it’s normal and appropriate to be afraid of this kind of change. When I went through my career change it became not just a question of “What will I do?”, but, “Who will I be?”. Calling your work into question can also call into quest ..read more
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Why “Follow Your Passion” Doesn’t Work
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by Laura Simms
1M ago
If you’re thinking of trying to make your passion into your career, OR you tried it and it didn’t work, OR are on the verge of trying it again because it’s all you know…let’s shine a light on why “follow your passion” doesn’t work. Where the advice to “follow your passion” comes from. You’ve probably heard, since childhood, cultural messages from parents and teachers like: “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.” “Do what you love and the money will follow.” Then you get older, and influential people like Oprah say things like: “You know you are on the road to succ ..read more
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Do Career Tests Work?
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by Laura Simms
10M ago
Have you ever looked at your results from a career assessment and thought, “I don’t WANT to be a mortician or a claims adjustor, so NOW WHAT?” These tests are supposed to give you the answer, but your results may have you wondering, “Do career tests actually work?” What Are Career Tests? So, let’s talk assessments. I’m referring to any kind of multiple choice test, whether it’s gauging your strengths, personality, interests, behavior, motivations, star chart, and my favorite: “An assessment of personal potential.” It’s very common for high schools and colleges to use these kinds of tests to ..read more
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5 Common Career Change Mistakes to Avoid
Your Career Homecoming Blog
by Laura Simms
10M ago
If you feel like you’ve done EVERYTHING RIGHT and you STILL don’t know the right career, learn the five common career change mistakes to avoid in order to get back on track. Here are 5 common career change mistakes: Mistake 1: You take action without analysis Some life coaches tell people that “clarity comes through action.” There are many circumstances in life where this is true, but trying to choose a career, can be a DISASTER. Because let’s talk about the ACTION you may have taken. Have you… Started a blog, took a class in one of your interests, researched going back to school, started a ..read more
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How to Prepare Your Partner for Your Career Change
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by Laura Simms
11M ago
Your partner is supposed to be your biggest supporter. But what if they’re not being supportive of your career change? Learn how to prepare your partner for your career change so you both can feel secure in this transition.    Big Feelings in Career Change First I want to say that I’ve been on both sides of this equation. I have changed careers and I’ve also supported my husband when he was making a career change. I’ve also seen dozens of couples navigate this kind of change. The outcome we’re after is that you move into a fulfilling, rewarding career that honors you and takes care ..read more
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How to Choose a Career Coach: Avoid These 7 Red Flags
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by Laura Simms
11M ago
If you’re on the brink of hiring a career coach, avoid these 7 red flags so you can hire the right person the first time. In the past year, 41% of my clients have come to work with me after they’ve tried working with a traditional career coach. What I hear most often is: “They were a nice person, I learned some things about myself, but I still don’t have enough clarity to choose a career.” Don’t make the mistake of hiring a career coach for their pretty branding, their fun personality, or their clever marketing. Choose someone who can help you reach your goals. RED FLAG 1: The c ..read more
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When to Hire a Career Coach
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by Laura Simms
11M ago
You’re at home Googling “when to hire a career coach,” all the while thinking, “Do I really need a career coach? Other people find careers they love. Why can’t I figure this out?” You are not alone. Many people are in the same situation, so there is no shame or blame for not having figured it out yet. Here’s how to consider if it’s time to stop trying to do it all yourself and get help: There are two ways to think about this: situations when you might hire a career coach and signs that it’s time for help. In this post, we’ll tackle both. Situations When to Hire a Career Coach Who you hire ..read more
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How to Change Careers Without Losing Money
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by Laura Simms
11M ago
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: “If I want to find a meaningful career, do I have to make less money?” You can learn how change careers without losing money. And oftentimes, you can end up making MORE money in a career change. The Cost of Not Changing Careers If we’re talking about how to change careers without losing money, the first thing to acknowledge is that it’s already costing you if you are in the wrong career. It’s really easy to stay in denial about this, but there is often a monetary cost to waiting in a career that is not right for you. It starts with excessive spendin ..read more
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Signs You’ve Started Your Job Search Too Soon
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by Laura Simms
1y ago
It may feel like you’re being productive to submit resumes and brush up on your LinkedIn profile, but pause…you may be getting ahead of yourself. Check the signs that you’ve started your job search too soon. Here are 3 signs you’ve started your job search too soon Sign #1: You apply for jobs you know you don’t want THE CONSEQUENCES: You are spending time on these job sites like it’s a part-time job, and you have nothing to show for it. Instead of a productive job search that gets you closer to your goals, it drains and demoralizes you. THE REAL PROBLEM: You don’t know what you want. You don ..read more
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