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Want more success out of your career?  Listen in and hear highlights from my monthly Career Success Mastermind program aimed at changing your mindset to impact your performance for the better.  If you do, you’ll not only hear specific tips for turning a negative attitude into a positive one but also 4 key statements to answer that will set you up for a success all year.  Referenced in the podcast is this video of Jason Lezak’s Olympic victory against almost insurmountable odds simply because he changed his attitude from negative to positive.  Also referenced is my 50 minute career empowerment webinar to enable and support you changing your life and creating your ideal career.  Happy New Year!

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Are you listening, trusting your own desires and inspired impulses?  Do you have the courage to make career choices that lead you closer to work you’d love?  Maybe you haven’t yet made that transition.  Well, it’s never too late.  In this episode I interview Danny Groner of Aaptiv.com.  Danny is someone I worked with 12 years ago at a pivotal time in his career.  He has since made career choices based on the wise guidance of his heart and it’s lead him to a very rewarding career filled with exciting opportunities.  Danny shares how he took his career choices into his own hands and how you can too.  He also shares his 50 coffees strategy and how he approaches the interview process as a negotiation to find an employer and the job that are a fit. Listen in and learn this better approach to landing your next job.

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The Chinese symbol for opportunity is the same as the one for crisis.  It all depends on your attitude or mindset.  If your job or industry is changing, you don’t need to feel afraid.  Listen in and you’ll hear success stories of people who turned career crisis into opportunity and learn how you can too.  Kilian Schalk co-created PurpleGray.com three years ago after his corporate job was lost in a restructuring.  In his interview, Kilian shares specific practical tips and examples of how he turned a layoff into the opportunity to start the business of his dreams.  You’ll also hear the Making a Living tip of the month to start to define your dream job and take advantage of special holiday discounts on my Soul Search, Research and Job Search workbooks. Happy holidays!

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The Chinese symbol for opportunity is the same as the one for crisis.  It all depends on your attitude or mindset.  If your job or industry is changing, you don’t need to feel afraid.  Listen in and you’ll hear success stories of people who turned career crisis into opportunity and learn how you can too.  Kilian Schalk co-created PurpleGray.com three years ago after his corporate job was lost in a restructuring.  In his interview, Kilian shares specific practical tips and examples of how he turned a layoff into the opportunity to start the business of his dreams.  You’ll also hear the Making a Living tip of the month to start to define your dream job and take advantage of special holiday discounts on my Soul Search, Research and Job Search workbooks. Happy holidays!

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Everyone could use help managing their careers.  If you or someone you know could use a career boost, purchase one of my holiday specials and support them in getting back on track.  Together, we can all make a great living!

Visit My Online Shop to purchase these Holiday Specials available for a limited time:

Contact me with questions.

  • For those looking to support hurricane recovery efforts in the Florida Keys, here’s an idea that makes a great holiday gift -For 2018, the Stay Adventurous Annual Travel Calendar takes you through the Florida Keys showcasing popular stops along the road trip destination and proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts.

“Sometimes you can make people forget the past with a present.” ~Author Unknown

Happy Holidays!

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Jobs, industries, companies, economies are subject to change but there’s one thing that doesn’t change and it’s the fact that you are a genius.  Yes a genius and you’ve been using that genius your whole life. In fact, it’s what people consistently come to you for even if you’ve never advertised.  It’s what people thank you for providing even though you were just being yourself.  It may not be what you’ve been paid to do (yet) but it’s valuable and of service to others.

You might be wondering why I’m talking about about genius when Job Action Day this year is about transferable skills.  Well, in my 16 years of experience as a career coach, nothing is more consistently valuable through up and down economies than a person putting their genius to use in service to others.

Each of us possesses a unique core genius.  It’s the package of skills, experiences, talents, ideas, attitudes and preferences that no one else can replicate in exactly the same way because no one else has lived our life or been through what each of us has been through.

If you’ve been looking to give your career new life, you need look no further than the genius that’s been uniquely yours.  Look to the ways you’ve easily been of service to others throughout your life and you will see a pattern of genius shining through.  For example, I’ve been asking people about their careers since I was six.  I wanted to know what they did for a job and what they liked and didn’t like about it.  And if they didn’t like it, what would need to change for them to be happier.   Also at six, my mother went to medical school and I had a wonderful life experience that taught me that it’s never too late to change careers to do what you love.  (My Mom dreamed of being a doctor since she was six.)

But to make your genius transferable, you’ve got to package it so that others can pay you for it.  Before I packaged my genius into the job of career coach, I was giving away unsolicited career advice (and it wasn’t always appreciated).  However, it was appreciated at work when we had to set goals and do our own self-assessments as part of the annual performance evaluation process.  Everyone dreaded that annual process but not me.  I loved it and had fun talking colleagues through their goals and helping them capture the highlights of their performance over the past year.  It wasn’t may job but I did it naturally and successfully (without any prior training) and it was fun!  And your genius is fun (and easy) for you to use too.  You just have to research and test out ways to be of service using it (in ways you can make a living.)

For example, I have a client who’s a genius at making things fun whether it’s coming up with a game to play while waiting in line or it’s making a joke at a tense moment in a meeting to lighten to mood.  He’s also empathetic and can see when someone needs encouragement or a boost.  He’s also a great critic – he can improve any process or procedure to make it more effective.  How is all this a genius?  Well he’s been a successful management consultant focused on improving systems and processes.  In this case, his empathy for client situations and ability to make things fun has enabled him to bring together teams through difficult improvement-focused projects.  He’s currently looking at teaching as a career as well since he knows kids learn better when things are more fun, his empathy will help him relate to students who are struggling and his push to improve will support them in becoming their best.  Two very different careers but all stemming from the same genius.

In your case, the same is true.  Your genius can be of service in a myriad of ways.  If your current company is downsizing or your industry is shrinking, don’t wait for the layoffs, start looking now at ways your genius can be of service in new situations.

Here are three questions to ask yourself to get started:

  • What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail?
  • Who’s job would I love to have?
  • What do people thank me for?

These types of Soul Search questions are crucial to determining your unique core genius.  Once you’ve got that, the next step is to Research careers and jobs where your genius is a key required skill.  Case in point, I’ve always been a great note taker and a great typist.  I can capture information quickly and accurately.  As a career coach, these talents play very well because I’m able to capture my clients career insights quickly and accurately.  They love that I’m able to keep such great track of our conversations so they can leverage the insights we uncover to make smart career decisions.  I don’t have to work at taking copious notes, in fact, I find it a fun challenge to get everything just as it was said.  Your genius is designed to make you great at the job(s) you’re here to do too.

The last step to transferring your genius to a new career is to Job Search.  But by this I don’t mean filling out a bunch of job applications.  Rather it’s about going after the career possibilities you identified that fit who you are and what you’re here to do.  It’s about networking with people in the jobs and fields you’d love to be in (even if you’ve never done that work before).  You see, your natural genius will shine through and though you may have things to learn you won’t be starting over at the bottom.  You’ll be able to make lateral moves into new areas and move up the ladder more quickly and easily than when in jobs that didn’t match your genius.  It’s truly that simple.

So get started now.  Identify and package your genius through Soul Search, Research and Job Search. The world needs you to put it to good use in service to problems that only your genius is here to solve.  Take action and remember your genius is always transferable!

I’m writing this post in support of LiveCareer’s Job Action Day. Created in 2008, Job Action Day connects workers and jobseekers with unique job-search and career advice from leading experts and bloggers in the career field. This year, we celebrate experienced professionals with the theme: “Survive and Thrive: Using Transferable Skills to Give Your Career New Life”.

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I had the honor and pleasure recently of attending and being a presenter at the Villanova University Leadership Summit focused on the topic of Women Igniting Change.  I heard experts and accomplished men and women leaders discuss the role of men in gender equity for women and how to break the glass ceiling.  It was an amazing day of presentations, speeches, panel discussions and networking focused on an important and inclusive dialogue about the advancement of women in leadership.  In case you weren’t able to attend here are the key messages and quotes of the day…

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Recently I was invited to speak at AARP’s Online Career Fair on “Conveying Your Experience & Passion Through Your Resume.”  Everyone wants a resume that speaks to what makes them unique and showcases their talents.  You can watch the webinar here or read below for  highlights of the tips I shared…

  • Get rid of distractions – typos, age indicators, experience older than 10 yrs (unless that experience is relevant to the job you’re going after).
  • Highlight your genius and the results you’ve achieved because of it.  Your genius is the set of unique skills, abilities, talents, interests, experiences and values you bring to your work that no one else can offer in the same way.  To get to your genius on your resume:

Ask yourself:-What on your resume excites you to talk about?  Examples could be the positive professional attributes about yourself that you’re most proud.  For some this is integrity for others it’s relationship building and still for others is analytical thinking.  Make sure those positive qualities are listed/highlighted in your summary, core skills and under your work experiences.

Highlight the kudos, the bottom-line results and the happy client outcomes that you’ve achieved. It’s not bragging if it’s true.  Ask those you’ve worked for to write specific endorsements and recommendations about your stellar abilities (genius) & the contributions you’ve made b/c of them.

Embrace the fact that no one else has lived your life and therefore no one else can make the same contribution that you can with as much passion, enthusiasm and genius.  Highlight what you love to do. Your resume needs to focus on the activities and responsibilities you LOVE to do. Not just the ones you CAN do.

  • Resumes get 10-15 seconds of a recruiters attention.  Put your resume in front of a colleague, a friend, a career coach. Give each 10-15 seconds to look at it and then ask what stood out for them.

People respond to formatting, set up and content. You can bullet point info, create a summary and core skills section and even get a graphic designer to work on your resume.

  • Other questions to ask yourself- What are you afraid you’ll get asked about? – Gaps?  Then you’ll want to focus on what you learned during that time away from work that now benefits your career and perspective.  See your resume is an opportunity to tell your career story and it’s naturally a compelling one.  Highlight your best and the you’ll find the best opportunities will find you.

If you’re looking to update your resume or LinkedIn profile, contact me. I’ll be able to be of service and also have a talented resume writers I can refer you to.  Contact me.

For more on making your career story compelling, check out my blog post on writing an elevator pitch with the personal touch.

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Its crucial to stop and reflect on where you’re working smarter not harder:

  • Are you doing the work and having the life you want?
  • Are you spending your time on activities you feel are important?
  • Are you finding time to rejuvenate?

Listen in as I share tips, techniques and mindset strategies to make efficient use of your time.  Bring a notebook and a pen and we’ll reflect on where your time is going, what you want in your ideal day, and how to get from where you are to where you want to be.  Check out these useful resources referenced in the show: Four Seconds by Peter Bregman and What the Latest Brain Science Tells Us about Working Smarter by Anne Fisher.

 

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Are you working smarter or harder?

I asked this question recently on Facebook and several people responded with specific ways they’re eliminating or automating tasks, making checklists for routine activities so they don’t miss anything, and letting go of being perfect by just doing their best.  Others responded that they’re exhausted or working harder to pick up the slack and still others felt there was no point or meaning to work at all.

Its crucial to stop and reflect on working smart. 

  • Are you doing the work and having the life you want?
  • Are you spending your time on activities you feel are important?
  • Are you finding time to rejuvenate?

Defining Working Smarter

Next week I’ll be doing a 3 hour seminar on working smarter not harder for 60+ attorneys and staff in Philadelphia.  Here are some of the tips I’ll be sharing with them so that you too can benefit from having the kind of work/life balance that makes you happy.

In preparation for this seminar, I read some great books, interviewed some very productive people and researched articles online.  Here’s some of what I found to help you work smarter not harder:

  1. Do your most thought-provoking work first and protect that time.  Don’t squander your mornings responding to emails or doing administrative work if you don’t have to.  Do projects that require focus, thinking, research, digesting information, analyzing and making conclusions or decisions.  Protect this time from interruptions but if you must drop what you’re doing for something else more pressing – organize and capture your thoughts before moving on.  It will give you a roadmap to come back to your thinking much faster. (Note: Studies show it takes 25 minutes to return to where you left off after an interruption – see source.)
  2. Don’t wait for the pressure of a deadline to get started.  It’s easy to focus on the urgent tasks that are do now but that can land you in a mode where you’re constantly putting out fires.  While that can be exciting at first, it can also lead to burn out (no pun intended).  Look down the line, check your calendar for upcoming deadlines.  Map out a schedule a few weeks or a month out so that everyday your working on an important aspect of some project (even one that’s not immediately due).  You might even find synergies between projects so that you can group activities together and work even more efficiently and effectively.
  3. Take full advantage of the flexibility you have to work the way that’s best for you.  I’ve worked with many people who want better work/life balance.  They come to me and feel they have no way of making what they want work where they are.  But that’s often not true.  Even if you’re not sure how you can make your ideal schedule a reality in your current job, it helps to map out your ideal schedule.  In 3 hour increments, write down the activities you want to fill your day and include how you want to feel at the beginning, middle and end of each day.  Now you’re ready to have a conversation with your boss about what’s feasible where you are.  Most of my clients after doing this found they didn’t even need to talk to their boss to implement the tweaks and changes to their schedule that would make the most difference.

Overall, remember that no one can pigeonhole you but you.  If you’re feeling stuck in a schedule or work situation that’s not working for you, stop and reflect on what you’d like to have in your dream job.  If you want or need help, contact me and check out the special offer on my Soul Search, Research and Job Search materials for a limited time. Crafting the kind of schedule you want, helps you see how it’s possible.  There’s no need to wait.  Get started now on and you’ll soon be posting your own tips on my Facebook page on how you’re working smarter not harder.

“One day or day one.  You decide.” – Unknown

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