What makes you unique? Here’s a great way to both brainstorm your uniqueness and practice getting feedback from others, which are 2 important steps to creating your personal brand.
It’s that most-wonderful-time-of-the-year again, and as you consider letting loose and cutting yourself some slack (or another piece of cheesecake!) this holiday season, consider the month of December as a great time to take stock of your career goals for 2017 – and then go after them.
Do you ever wish you could figure out just how to get rid of that residue, build-up and overall icky feeling that accumulates when you don’t tend to your career? If you are determined to tackle your yard, a home project, or rid yourself of clutter this spring, imagine facing your career in exactly the same way! With the tools below, you can prepare yourself for a new season and enjoy greater career satisfaction.
“Thinking out loud…..that maybe we found love right where we are.”
I can’t get Ed Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud” out of my head these days. Maybe it’s the constant looping, the fact that it’s a pretty endearing tune, or maybe because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.
So it got me thinking out loud about the number one issue people hire me to help them with: job dissatisfaction. Following our very first coaching session, many of my clients with this career challenge actually find themselves thinking differently about the job they have after our conversation. Could they in fact be happier right where they are? If so, what is getting in the way?
Erica contacted us when she got the word from her boss that she was being let go. Her ten-year tenure at her organization would come to a grinding halt in just 60 days. She was not only unprepared for the news, but also completely perplexed as to what move to make next. Erica contacted us for help, and she purchased the Traverse Accelerated Job Search package.
If you’re like me, you love what a new year brings: the chance to do something different, start something new, change something about your life for the better. A new year offers a clean slate, an opportunity to start fresh, a chance to turn the page on the past.
So why is it so hard to stick to those new goals we make with such resolve, ambition and determination when January rolls around?
After almost nine years with a well-known insurance company, Justine made the decision to leave her job while on maternity leave with child number two. Deep down she had always wanted to stay at home with her kids, but when she took the plunge to trade corporate life for tender moments with her young children, she wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.
When I think about what constitutes career happiness, I think of the people who lend support along the way. Personally I have changed jobs, left jobs, landed jobs using creative and assertive job hunting strategies, and started my own business. A lot of it took courage, especially when it came to the dividing line between following a gut instinct and following the path someone else thought was best for me. Those who supported me over the years allowed me to fail – just as much as I succeeded.
American labor conditions in the late 1800s were truly atrocious. Families – and even children – were forced to work seven days a week, often for 12 hours a day in order to simply put food on the table. Add to that unsafe, unsanitary working conditions, and even death…your job could literally kill you. This holiday is a tribute to those who took a stand and changed history, bringing about lasting changes to the way people work and the environments in which they spent the majority of their time.
Since most of us spend a minimum of 40 hours a week at work (and most likely considerably more), Labor Day is also a good day to reflect on your own professional happiness. Aside from enjoying the unofficial last day of summer, what does Labor day mean to you?
In a “perfect” world, managers would support, guide and inspire their team with wisdom and enthusiasm. The sad reality is, however, many managers fall short of this ideal. For whatever reason, rather than lead and motivate, many managers simply hold the title without seizing the opportunities – and responsibilities – the position requires.
As a result, those managers’ teams find themselves unmotivated, directionless and unproductive. If you’re one of those team members, struggling to find meaning and a sense of professional satisfaction while suffering under poor management, take solace in the fact that you’re not alone.