A career coach can help you set goals to improve your work life and implement a plan to achieve them. Here are five ways a career coach can benefit you.
An Election is an Extended Job Interview One of the key milestones in the federal election currently going on in Canada was Peter Mansbridge, from CBC, interviewing Liberal Leader, Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader, Tom Mulcair and Prime Minister, Stephen Harper about their candidacy. In each of his three interviews Mr. Mansbridge ended with this question: What is it about you, that you feel should make you a good Prime Minister? Asked slightly in a different way, this is a common question that many interviewers ask candidates: Why should we hire you? or What makes you the ideal candidate for this role? Sidestepping an Important Question The best answer would be something that distinguishes the candidate from all other candidates who are applying for that role. In other words, they talk about what makes them unique. What their competitive advantage is over their competition. In my opinion, none of the three political [...]
It’s Monday morning and you are dreading going into work. As you are getting ready, you’re wondering if it’s just the thought of getting up early and having to go to any job that is making you cranky or is it this particular job that’s making it so difficult to get up? Sure there are things about the job that you don’t like, but aren’t all jobs like that? How do you know whether it’s your particular job that’s the problem? In other words, how do you know when it’s time to leave? Here are five signs that tell you it may be time: You’re bored. You’ve lost your passion and your skills aren’t being utilized. You’re struggling getting out of bed. The alarm goes off and you have no motivation to get up. You hate entering the office. The same routine is getting to you. Same people, same work [...]
That’s true when you follow your passions. This applies to both our personal lives and our professional lives. As a Career Coach, I have clients all the time who come to me saying they are dead inside when it comes to their jobs but they stay because of the money, the security, (I chuckle when I hear this one), the convenience, their families would be disappointed, they don’t know anything else, they don’t know what else would make them happy, it wouldn’t look good on a resume……the list goes on, and on. Ultimately though, what each of these clients are telling me is that it is their FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) that’s keeping them in careers they hate. Companies spend a lot of money measuring employee engagement through surveys because evidence tells us that the more engaged you are in your work, the more productive you will be. The [...]
Being a Career and Outplacement Coach, I’ve helped a lot of people prepare for an interview. I’ve also interviewed hundreds of people over the years while being an active Human Resources Professional. And while it’s true that there are better answers for some questions and it’s good to know what those answers are, I often find what makes or breaks someone in an interview has more to do with how they say something or act in an interview, than the actual answer itself. Here’s my suggestion on how best to ACE a job interview: “A” stands for ATTITUDE. And by attitude, I mean your attitude. You have to go in with the right mindset if you are going to be successful at the interview. Think as if you ARE going to be offered the job, and that it’s only a matter of time before that happens. Right now you are [...]