Posts Tagged ‘career search’

New GPS Career Foundations Teleclass – Registration Open

October 8, 2015

HOLD THE DATES! Career GPS Foundations — Teleclass Program Coming Soon!

Registration Now Open!  Catch the ‘early bird’ pricing.   

Eventbrite - Career GPS Foundations Tele-class Program (7 weekly sessions)

Course starts October 28th for 7 consecutive Wednesday pm sessions

Wondering what’s next for you in your career but feeling unsure how to proceed? How to know which way to go? How to get ‘there’ once you set your sights on where ‘there’ is? Navigating changes in your career can sometimes feel daunting and overwhelming – whether you are a career-changer; a career-starter or somewhere in between. Things have changed and may look different from the last time you went out to get a job or professional start.

How do you navigate this new landscape? You need a GPS!

Registration Now Open! The Big Cheese Coaching Career Foundations GPS Program (7 Teleclasses):

CareerCompass

If you need a leg up in getting started in your career exploration process then this will be a great program for you. Whether you are ready to make a change now, soon, or at some point in the future – it’s important to learn the essential foundational ‘must-do’s and the ‘don’t do’s too.

Key Details:

  • The timing is seven Wednesday nights at 7:15pm – 8:30 (sometimes to 8:45 for Qs if there’s interest)
  • This is a teleclass format — with materials to support the learning provided
  • If you miss a class we will provide recordings (for registrants only)
  • Participants will have the option of whether or not to interact/and disclose their name to others…completely up to you (although interaction highly welcome)
  • Participants will also have access to one-on-one coaching support at a significantly reduced rate to further support their needs (optional add on)

CONTENT: Here are some of the themes that we will cover over the course of the 7 weeks

  • The five phases of career development / discover where you are and where you need to focus on
  • Inside-out discovery: learn about your values and use them to guide your choices and decision-making
  • Strengths-based career making: lost your confidence? Not sure what you have to offer? Learn different ways to reconnect with your strengths/accomplishments and bring this to light….not just for yourself but also in the narratives you bring to others
  • Boost your confidence authentically
  • Visioning and planning and common derailers when looking for the ‘perfect job/career’
  • Test drive your ideas
  • Resumes that work
  • Networking: the good, bad, ugly — learn how to do it right/when to do it/and how not to do it
  • Career navigation mojo – how to stay resilient when the job exploration/career vision is hitting road blocks

Interested? It’s always good to have a starting plan where-ever you are in the continuum of your career. Here’s to your career wellbeing. Are you game?  I am!  Scroll down and hit the REGISTRATION button to learn more.

Eileen Chadnick, PCC, ACPC, ABC

(Haven’t met yet? Check out my bios here)

Eventbrite - Career GPS Foundations Tele-class Program (7 weekly sessions)

Before You Re-invent Yourself: Remember Who You Already Are!

April 29, 2009

One of the upsides of being downsized (see last post) is that you have the opportunity to re-evaluate your career aspirations. For many people it’s a chance to take a hard look at what they really want to do – rather than try to sleepwalk into what they have always been doing. That may mean setting a new career direction, retooling or retraining  – or even re-branding yourself.

But before you re-invent yourself, make sure you remember who you already are! What I mean is rather than looking externally at all the shiny new career possibilities, make sure you also look internally to ensure the right fit and to bring forth the best of you as you move forward.

A look inside  — The inner game reflection encompasses a bunch of stuff. Here are two lenses to consider:

1) Mine Your Strengths: You have acquired job-specific strengths and talents, and you also have a whole bunch of other strengths that intrinsic to your character that may or not be associated with your past role and career.  Conduct a self audit and list as many as you can.  Also ask friends, family, former colleagues, clients, bosses for their input (like a 360…you can even use some of the free online 360 tools).  If coming up with strengths is challenging for you, then start with your accomplishments. List those far and wide (work and personal) then step back and ask: what strengths of mine lent themselves to those achievements?  You can also go to www.viacharacter.org and do the online assessment for VIA Signature Strengths which will help you identify some of your top ‘character strengths’.

There are many angles to take when reflecting on your strengths. It  should not be a quick task – take your time, revisit it, build the list and stay in that reflection. You will use that knowledge as you explore career possibilities — as well as in your personal marketing (i.e your resume, letters/emails, your conversations in interviews and networking, etc….perhaps more to come in another blog post sometime soon) .

2) Articulate Your Core Values: Core values are the building blocks of who you are and not necessarily attributes you feel you should have. They may be linked to your morals but they aren’t your morals. They simply are part of your character ‘dna’ and what is most important for you to feel fulfilled, alive and authentic. Most people I start coaching relationships with can’t articulate their core values off-hand –that is until we’ve spent some time together. Knowing your core values is like having a compass to help you choose meaningful work and life decisions. Examples: I have a value for freedom. In my interpretation that means I need freedom in how I work and live. I can’t be pidgeon-holed. It doesn’t mean I can’t work in traditional employment (have for many years successfully and loved it!) but the environment and culture to some extent has to honour this value for me to perform my best. I also have a value for learning. I wilt when I stop learning. There’s more. But the key is to find your own and declare and own them to yourself.

How? You can either hire a coach to help you discover your values or you can reflect on your own. Pick a few moments in your work and life experience (from both would be great) that you would define as ‘peak’. That’s when ‘all was well’ and you felt most alive or at least authentic and fulfilled. Describe those moments and reflect on what about them was meaningful to you. Ideally, have someone to partner with and have them listen for themes, etc. Step away and see if you can identify themes that may represent values for you. Start with a rough list of possibilities (themes or actual words that represent a value). Test them out by considering other moments/experiences in your life. In the positive moments, what of those themes were present? In the negative ones, which one’s were compromised? This should be a good starting point – but like strengths, stay in the reflection and let yourself further evolve your clarity and recognition of your values.

APPLICATION:  Once you’ve created a starting list of your strengths and values, make sure you pay attention to them until they become an intrinsic part of your self awareness. As you explore career opportunities, evaluate their potential for fulfillment and success as measured against your strengths and values.

ASK: To what extent will this job or career path align with my values? to what extent will it draw on my strengths? Which of my values might be compromised and can I live with that (note: not all values will always be honoured so know what your non-negotiable, highest priorities are)? What do I need to further explore and/or ask/research to assess whether this career path would be a good fit with my values and strengths?

MORE on Strengths: Here’s another post you may enjoy that illustrates how Signature Strengths can be integral to our overall ‘mojo’ (joie de vie)….life success and fulfilment. It relays a story about a lizard who…..well, you can read it HERE.

There’s more of course, but hopefully these two ideas will be a good start.  Now over to you, your strengths and values — here’s to creating your next TGIM Work-life!

Eileen

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The Silver Lining in Disappointment…

October 17, 2007

Disappointment can be hard but if you are the reflective and resourceful type – and draw on some of your emotional intelligence, often you can find a silver lining in the experience. Perhaps it comes in the form of new learning and/or an insight that moves you forward in some way….or keeps the door open for a bigger or more meaningful opportunity.

That seems to be what happened with Martin Slofstra, who has been writing about his job search journey in an ongoing series of columns in the Globe and Mail since July. Recently, he was interviewed for what he thought would be his dream job. He came in close (second candidate) — unfortunately not close enough to get the offer. Ouch. That was disappointing for Martin.

But with some soul searching – he discovered something important. The experience gave him additional awareness of what his career interests and passions were….it moved him forward in his journey towards a meaningful worklife by having greater self awareness; more focus and intention — and even some renewed faith that he’s getting closer.

I have been following Martin’s journey since July and have been in touch with him a few times these past months. On occasion he actually quotes me or includes a tidbit in his column about something we’ve talked about…..i.e. a nugget of advice I’ve offered, or some questions to reflect on.

Today Martin quoted me in his article. Unfortunately there was a small typo in my name (it’s Chadnick not Chadwick) — but just the same I was delighted that he took away something meaningful from our last exchange.

You can read the article here today while it’s still online (or buy a copy). And sometimes these get posted on Workopolis for a while as well.

But if you miss the article, here’s part of the nugget I shared. It starts with a quote from the renouned, Kim George – author of “Coaching into Greatness’ and a tremendous coach, mentor, visionary on all things related to “Abundance Intelligence” (which is very connected to emotional intelligence).

 “What’s meant for you can’t be lost”

…that is of course if you are doing all that you can do and being who you can be (authentic and living your greatness….unique strengths, gifts, values, aspirations, etc.).

There’s much more lying beneath that quote of course….you can read more by logging on to Kim’s blogs and website — or better yet, read the book….and most certainly do catch up with Martin’s columns. He’s very reflective…very articulate…and I think we can all learn a lot from his journey.   

So what about you? Are you dealing with disappointments in your worklife (or personal life) right now that might offer a silver lining? What are you learning from the challenge? How is your own self awareness and resourcefulness growing as a result of this experience? What about past disappointments? If you fast forward to where you are now, did something better come along? What lesson did you learn about ‘toughing’ it out? Or giving it time?

Well that’s it for today’s post. Till next time….and to a TGIM Worklife!

Eileen

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