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Am I Living the Life & Career I Imagined?

Am I in the place I thought I would be at this point in my career? Is there something missing?

What comes up when you start thinking about your life and career?  Are you are no longer thrilled about the work you are doing, waking up wondering how did I get here and do I like it here, and more so, am I really doing the work I imagined? 

Too often we wake up to discover what Leon Logothetis, author of the Live, Love, Explore describes as: ‘I’m living someone else’s life’.  We are making good money, have a great lifestyle and ‘should’ be content, but something is missing. 

“When we lead with our heads, we become focused on competition: do more, earn more, make more.” (source: Live, Love, Explore) We become locked into our wealth, career standing and lifestyle – which can feel like a trap and the antithesis of living a fulfilling, enriching life.

Too often those around me, and I too, have been caught up in it – make more, buy more, do more….yet at the end of day is there sustenance in ‘more’?   It can be a cycle that takes us away from our dreams and our vision of what we truly want.

I’m not suggesting you up and quit your job (as Leon did) and go on a worldwide quest to uncover the root of what you really love doing. Instead you can make small shifts to start doing more of the work you love, and live the life you truly imagined.

But as Theodore Roosevelt states – Change is not for the faint of heart:  “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better…The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

I see my friends, family and colleagues doing work they love, alive with a spirit of personal adventure and fulfillment. They all have one key trait: they are bold.  They set ambitious goals that are intensely meaningful to them, i.e.: take my family on a European vacation; start an entrepreneurial venture; do my MBA; launch my job search.  But being bold isn’t just about big, moon landing steps.  For most of us it’s the small steps taken each day – starting today – that shift our lives. 

To get started Leon recommends considering: 

  • What sparks your interest? 
  • Are you doing enough of what interests you in your life or work? 
  • Acknowledge that this is scary to consider but also realize there is a big lie that holds you in place.  That big lie tells you it’s safe in your comfort zone and if you venture out you will fail.  But weigh, what is the cost if you don’t shift?
  • Then consider:  What is one thing you can do today to start realizing your dream? 

Whatever your wild or not so wild passion is, today is the day to do one thing to move forward in this new direction.  Share your aspiration with others and create a community of champions dedicated to your goal.  Keep yourself focused through daily revisiting your action plan and not ending the day without taking one step forward.  It takes guts and boldness but the outcome is life transforming. 

So what are you doing today to move your dream forward?

Leon Logothetis is dedicated to living a life filled with purpose and meaning.  Need inspiration and strategies? Read his new book:  Live, Love, Explore and check out his Netflix hit:  The Kindness Diaries – One Man’s Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World.

Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional.  She has a reputation as a highly sought after Career Consultant and she has been referred to as "an absolute expert at navigating the complex territory of career advancement.” Joanne provides leadership coaching as well as career transition coaching, career planning workshops, and job search services (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, and interview practice) for Professionals and Executives. Copyright 2017 JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved.

Feeling Stuck in Your Career?

I specialize in working with professionals and executives to help them get more of what they want in their careers.  Let’s connect for a complimentary telephone consultation to determine what's getting in the way of your moving forward. By identifying this root issue or roadblock, we can then determine next steps to reaching your career goals.

Wishing you much career success!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers Inc

How to Grab a Headhunters Attention

Wanting to grab a headhunter's attention?  Here are 5 things you need to know when being headhunted for a new job opportunity as outlined in this LinkedIn article: How can I increase my chances of being headhunted?

 

Runner up, again! Reeling from Interview Rejection

Ever felt frustrated with your job search?  An Executive in transition provides a great perspective on how to recover from interview rejection and keep going. Here’s her story:

I thought the third time was a charm - guess again!  Here’s my advice on how to get back on your feet after an interview rejection and keep moving forward.

After participating in three executive searches and being the runner up three times, I was deflated, exhausted and tired of psychometric testing.  From being told I had the ‘wrong leadership style’, ‘didn’t have enough tech experience’, to only being brought forward because I’m a female executive, I was needing some time to step back and rethink my job search process.  

I was left wondering what else I could bring to the table as a differentiator to position me as the ‘right’ candidate.  What should I be more of or less of to land the job?  But honestly after some self reflection I couldn’t think of anything I would want to change.  I am my own brand with a strong reputation - I didn’t need to conform to be more ‘x’ or ‘y’.  I needed to continue to be true to myself, my values and know that a great opportunity is around the corner.

So, after 3 rounds am I frustrated? Heck ya! But I also know it’s not me.  It just wasn't the right role, culture or fit.  The short-term pinch hurts, but staying committed to myself and what I bring to the table will pay - it always has. So, lean in and trust the process. It can - and does take time.

When faced with rejection you have the option to view this as three strikes and you’re out, or three ‘not quite rights’ and be confident that another great opportunity is out there for you.  I continue to choose the latter and encourage you to do the same.

Ferriss’ philosophy is “failure isn’t failure if you can gain new skills and develop relationships”. This is such a great way to think about life and what we do.  So, interview failure can be reframed: your interview skills are becoming refined, your understanding of the market is deepening, and your network is expanding.

Some more suggestions on how to invest your time while job searching:
 

  1.  Expand your network.  Weekly get out of your home office and connect.  It’s critical that you stay in the loop, remain relevant and connected with your professional colleagues.  Hint:   Consider talking with your vendors.  They are your ‘silent salespersons’ as they know one day you will be doing business with them again.  Also, they know what’s happening in the market.
     
  2. Job searches take time.  Use your time wisely by also keeping your skills fresh.  Take a course, sign up for a webinar or attend a conference.  These can also provide great networking opportunities.
     
  3.  Look for where you can give back.  Step into a volunteer leadership role as a Board or committee member within your professional association or a charity of choice.
     
  4.  Consider contracting or consulting your services.  These gigs can open the door to permanent opportunities.
     
  5.  Offer to share your expertise through volunteering to speak to a class at a university or college.
     
  6.  Stay open to what shows up.  Your career might take you in a completely new but very exciting and energizing direction.  It’s sometimes worth exploring every option.
     
  7.  Lastly, take breaks.  You’ve left a job that probably had you run off your feet and you need a solid break before launching into your next opportunity.  Be sure to take the time to refresh and reset.

If you are thinking you’re alone in your job search struggles, a CIO colleague shared: ‘If I had a ribbon for every time I was a runner up, I could paste a wall.’   It’s key that you adopt the basketball great, Michael Jordan’s attitude that you have to play a lot of shots to find the one that is the sweet spot.

You will land the right role but realize that patience is a virtue. So use your time wisely while on sabbatical.  Be ok with being frustrated - for a minute – knowing that everything you’re going through will lead you to the right role.

Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional.  She has a reputation as a highly sought after Career Consultant and she has been referred to as "an absolute expert at navigating the complex territory of career advancement.” Joanne provides leadership coaching as well as career transition coaching, career planning workshops, and job search services (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, interview practice) for Professionals and Executives. Copyright 2017 JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved.

Going on Interviews and Not Landing Offers?

Let's connect for a complimentary Interview Audit to determine what you need to do to start acing the interview and landing great job offers. I can be reached at joanne.loberg@jlcareers.com

I look forward to hearing from you!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers Inc

 

Do you have any questions for us?

Joanne Loberg, Executive Career Coach with JL Careers provides Macleans magazine advice on how to answer this interview question and leave a great impression.

http://www.macleans.ca/work/jobs/four-key-questions-applicants-should-ask-in-every-job-interview/

How to Get Your Resume to the Top of the Pile

Did you know that only 2% of job candidates actually get called for an interview?

It is critical that your resume rises to the top and that starts with using compelling accomplishment statements.

Professional Resume Writers grab hiring managers’ attention by ensuring your track record of successes and key achievements are well noted, compelling and relevant to the hiring manager's needs.

When writing your resume it can be helpful to think about the hiring manager as the “customer” and yourself as the product or service. The goal is to convince the “customer” that they should invest in you, over everyone else.  An accomplishment statement helps to sell your value.

These accomplishment statements should be specific and include tangible, concrete examples of the outcomes you achieved.  Use numbers, dollar signs and percentages as these metrics lend credibility and highlight your results. 

Remember – the average recruiter and hiring manager spends just six seconds scanning an incoming resume. Quantifying your accomplishments can vastly improve your opportunity to land an interview, and ultimately be chosen for the job.

How to Craft a Killer Accomplishment Statement

Developing your own accomplishment statements can be challenging but with the right approach it doesn’t have to be.

Start by asking yourself a few key questions. For instance, have you:

  • Received awards or special recognition?
  • Increased efficiency? 
  • Received a promotion? 
  • Initiated projects?
  • Managed budgets?
  • Reduced downtime?
  • Improved safety?
  • Met or surpassed company standards? 
  • Achieved specific targets?
  • Increased sales?
  • Improved productivity?
  • Captured new opportunities?
  • Resolved key issues?
  • Initiated new programs or initiatives?
  • Saved your organization money?
  • Designed or implemented new processes and procedures?
  • Created or designed something?
  • Managed difficult teams?

Keep in mind that while any of these accomplishments could be considered impressive, the only way they will be truly impactful is if they are quantifiable. In other words, they should be translated into real, measurable results.

The fact that you managed a particular project won’t necessarily impress a hiring manager….unless the outcome of that project produced increased sales revenues, efficiency or client satisfaction ratings.

Once you’ve identified your key accomplishments within each of your jobs, the next step is hammering out the details.

The Accomplishment Statement Formula

Use the following formula to build your Accomplishment Statements:  Challenge + Action = Result

Think of a particular problem, obstacle or challenge you overcame in your current or previous position. Choose an action verb that best describes how you resolved the situation and then quantify the results.

For instance:

  • “Introduced CRM software and sales training which increased sales from $2M to $6M within 2 years."
  • “Reduced shrinkage by 30% and improved stock levels by 6%.”
  • “Implemented Lean manufacturing in 5 North American plants which improved overall efficiency by 17%.”
  • “Analyzed and corrected production line inefficiencies resulting in a 15% increase in production.”
  • “Negotiated vendor contracts to reduce manufacturing costs by $75,000 annually.”

Grab the hiring manager’s attention by starting your accomplishment statements with a powerful action verb.  Some examples of resume action verbs:

Achieved, attained, awarded, championed, coordinated, created, decreased, delivered, developed, devised, directed, earned, eliminated, executed, improved, initiated, introduced, launched, led, maintained, managed, maximized, minimized, monitored, negotiated, optimized, persuaded, planned, produced, reduced, re-engineered, resolved, restructured, revised, saved, sold, spearheaded, streamlined, structured, surpassed, targeted, trained, tripled.

Be Part of the Chosen 2%

If you are going to get your foot in the door with prospective employers, your resume must capture the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. A powerful resume that showcases your key skills and achievements is a must in today’s competitive job market.  Incorporate powerful, compelling accomplishment statements to improve your resume and capture interest. 

Need more tips for developing a resume that stands out from the crowd? Contact me directly for a complimentary resume critique. I look forward to helping you land your next interview!

Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional.  She has a reputation as a highly sought after Career Consultant and she has been referred to as "an absolute expert at navigating the complex territory of career advancement.” Joanne provides leadership coaching as well as career transition coaching, career planning workshops, and job search services (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, interview practice) for Professionals and Executives. Copyright 2017 JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved.

Need Help Landing Your Dream Job?

 JL Careers job search coaching makes it easy.  Contact Joanne Loberg, Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional, today for a complimentary 20-minute telephone consultation to determine what you need to do to fast track your job search and grab hiring managers’ attention. 

Wishing you much career success!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers Inc

The Essential Resume Checklist – 8 Tips for Resume Success

Not landing interviews?  The problem could be your resume.  In today’s challenging job market your resume needs to help you stand out as the top candidate for the job.  You have only seconds to grab the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. If your resume isn’t compelling, you are going to be overlooked.

Resume Checklist:

So, what makes a great resume?  Well, it starts with the basics.  Here is a quick checklist of what to include to create a powerful, effective resume:

Profile Statement – Today’s hiring managers want to be able to quickly ascertain who you are, what you have to offer and, most importantly, why you should be considered for the job.

Think of your profile statement as your elevator pitch. If you had only a few seconds to sell yourself to someone, what would you say?

Keyword Rich – Your resume must be relevant to the role you are targeting.  Incorporate keywords from the job posting to demonstrate you are a strong fit with the requirements of the role.

Many recruiters use applicant tracking systems to sift through and narrow down interested candidates.  Using the right keywords is essential to your resume making the cut.

Professional Formatting – Your resume should represent your professional, polished brand.  From font size and organization to margin size and spacing – these elements all add up to create a great first impression.

Flawless Spelling and Grammar – According to Careerbuilder, 61 percent of recruiters will automatically dismiss a candidate due to a single typo on a resume.

Make sure your resume is completely error-free before hitting the “send” button.

Ideal Length – It’s critical that your resume is concise, compelling, highlights your relevant accomplishments and contains language aligned to the role you are targeting.

That being said, if your resume is too long, you’ll lose the reader’s attention in the details. If it’s too short, you’re missing the opportunity to sell your skills.

Accomplishments – Showcase your key achievements within each of your jobs, particularly those related to the roles you are targeting.  

Quantifiable Results – Recruiters can spot “fluffing” from a mile away. Back up your accomplishments with quantifiable results whenever possible to demonstrate true impact. In other words, use real numbers, dollar amounts or percentages.

A great way to do this is with bullet points that start with key verbs like: decreased, increased, reduced, streamlined, achieved and improved.

Contact Info – Your contact information should appear on each page, including your name, phone number and email address.

A successful job search starts with a great resume.  Position yourself ahead of the pack with an impressive resume, that gives you a critical edge over your competition, grabs recruiters’ attention, and most importantly helps you land interviews.

We know that creating that top-notch resume is time consuming and challenging.  JL Careers provides the Resume Writing help you need to land your dream job.  We look forward to building an Executive or Professional Resume that showcases your talents and accomplishments and lands interviews.

Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional.  She has a reputation as a highly sought after Career Consultant and she has been referred to as "an absolute expert at navigating the complex territory of career advancement.” Joanne provides leadership coaching as well as career transition coaching, career planning workshops, and job search services (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, interview practice) for Professionals and Executives. Copyright 2017 JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved.

Wishing you much career success!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers Inc

What’s Your Career Limiting Habit?

What’s standing in the way of your success?  You may think it’s external factors, such as lack of skills, training or experience. In reality, the thing that could be holding you back from achieving more in your career may be much closer to home. It could be something as simple as a bad habit.

And this is nothing new. In fact, according to a recent Harvard Business Review article, 97 percent of today’s employees have at least one career-limiting habit.

So what’s yours? And more importantly, what can you do about it?

Common Habits That Limit Career Advancement

The first step in overcoming these barriers to success is recognizing which one(s) you are battling.  For instance, you could be practicing one or more of the following career-hindering habits without even realizing it.

  • Taking on too much – If you have trouble saying “no,” you’re probably always stressed out. You could also be developing a reputation for failing to deliver.
     
  • Low EQ – Not listening to or genuinely engaging with others. Remember – people naturally follow leaders who inspire, engage and support.
     
  • Small-picture perspective – If your focus is solely on short-term goals, you can’t adequately plan and prepare for the future.
     
  • Resistance to change – Like it or not, the world of work is changing. If you’re not agile, open and willing to adapt yourself accordingly, you will get left behind. 
     
  • Risk aversion – Achieving success often means stepping out of your comfort zone and taking risks. Avoiding potential risk out of fear or uncertainty will result in missing out on amazing opportunities.
     
  • Lack of follow-through – Not doing what you promised you’d do can result in a serious lack of trust from those around you.
     
  • Procrastination – Leaving things until the last minute can lead to lackluster performance and missed deadlines, which will label you as unreliable and hinder career advancement.
     
  • Lack of ownership – If you aren’t willing to go the extra mile and instead follow the “not my job” philosophy, don’t expect to earn the respect and trust of your colleagues.

What Can You Do About It?

Once you know what you’re up against, you can take the following steps toward overcoming that bad habit.

1. Put it in writing

Jot down what’s bothering you to flush out the reasons why you’ve fallen into the bad habit in question.

2. Identify your desired outcome 

What, exactly, is the end result you’d like to accomplish? Developing specific goals can help you hone in on the best way to overcome the issue you’re dealing with.

For instance, if you’re guilty of procrastinating, it may be because you’re unhappy with the role you’re currently in. In this case, a career shift might make sense. Read more in my article:  Planning a Successful Career Shift

3. Enlist the help of others

Could a mentor or coach help you better identify, develop and achieve your goals?

Or, perhaps obtaining feedback through an informal 360 review could help you pinpoint problem areas where improvements can and should be made.  Learn more at:  Why Feedback Can Supercharge Your Career

4. Make conscious, positive changes

As productivity expert and author Jim Loehr put it, “By managing your energy to focus on the matter at hand, you can overcome a negative situation and increase your human capital in the process.”

New habits often require new skills, so it may be worth making an investment in professional development activities, such as a training workshop, leadership coaching or reading a book.

5. Don’t give up

The average time it takes for a new habit to stick is somewhere around 66 days (Source: How Are Habits Formed)  In other words, it’s not something that will happen overnight. Commit yourself, don’t give up and you will eventually reap the benefits of a brighter future and a more successful career down the road.

Entrepreneur and startup enthusiast John Rampton once said: “Bad habits are called 'bad' for a reason. They kill our productivity and creativity. They slow us down. They hold us back from achieving our goals.”

What are you doing to hold up your career?

Schedule a complimentary 20-minute telephone consultation with me to help pinpoint the problem and develop a real, actionable strategy to kick those career-limiting habits once and for all.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional.  She has a reputation as a highly sought after Career Consultant and she has been referred to as "an absolute expert at navigating the complex territory of career advancement.” Joanne provides leadership coaching as well as career transition coaching, career planning workshops, and job search services (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, interview practice) for Professionals and Executives. Copyright 2017 JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved.

Wishing you much career success!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers Inc

Salary Negotiation for Women: Are you Leaving Money on the Table?

‘Women earn 82 cents to a man’s dollar’ (source:  Lean In).   So why do men make more?  Research supports it’s not about education but rather the fact that women fail to engage in salary negotiation conversations.  Women are held back financially because of their dislike for these difficult negotiating conversations.  But the good news is when women do ask for a raise, they are successful 71% of the time (source:  The Big Salary Review, Glamour Feb 2017).

Not sold on how this is costing you as a woman?  Consider a recent Harvard Business Review study of men and women negotiating a car purchase.  On average ‘women were willing to forgo as much as $1353 (for men, it was $666) to avoid the “pain” of negotiating when buying a car.’  The same applies to the money you are leaving on the table when you negotiate your next job offer or ask for a raise.

4 Salary Negotiating Tips: 

  1. Find the Ideal Time – Your annual performance review, or better yet, after a big success (i.e. after completing a complex project, landing a new client, etc.). 
     
  2. Do Your Research – Know your ‘market value’. Check in with a head hunter or your professional association for local salary ranges. 
     
  3. Don’t be a Pit Bull – Research from Harvard Business Review found that women tend to put on a male persona of being tough, aggressive and demanding, and as a result they fail to get the result they what.  Instead, start with a smile.  It’s simple but smart as it makes you approachable and engaging.  Then, move into talking about the organizational goals and outlining your accomplishments in supporting these objectives. 
     
  4. Be Confident – If you know there is a wage disparity, express it.  As Sandberg suggests stating:  ‘My understanding is that jobs that involve this level of responsibility are compensated in this range (highlight industry salary levels).’  I suggest practicing Amy Cuddy’s Power Poses (check out her TEDTalk) to get you prepped for a successful salary negotiation.  

Salary negotiation isn’t a battle ground but rather a conversation.  It’s an opportunity to update your manager or the recruiter of your recent successes, highlight the value you bring to the organization and your desire to be a strong contributor to the team’s success.  Then, lead into discussing your salary market research. 

For more Salary Negotiation Tips, see my article:  7 Tips for Negotiating Your Next Job Offer.

Wishing you much negotiating success!  

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers Inc

Resume Tips: Key Words Grab Recruiters’ Attention

Gone from resumes is the language: “Duties were…” or “Responsibilities include…” Instead, use key words to grab head hunters’, recruiters’ and hiring managers’ attention. 

To source these key words review job postings or job descriptions for roles you are interested in targeting.  Highlight the key words – and then ensure these words are included in your resume. 

Add more impact by incorporating the key words into accomplishment-based work experience bullets.  If the job posting requires you to be ‘strategic’, formulate a bullet noting what you did and the results you achieved.  For example: “Devised and executed strategy to improve efficiency and reduce costs.  Within 6 months improved throughput by 12%.”    

Using these key words can pull your resume from the bottom of the pile to the top, and help you land your next interview.

Need help developing an Executive or Professional Resume?  Contact me today for a complimentary resume critique. 

Wishing you much career success!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers Inc

How to be Resilient in Today's Changing Workplace

Resiliency is the ability to adapt to change, adjust to challenges and continue to remain positive in any situation. In today’s demanding workplace, however, it can be hard to bounce back from the many setbacks and difficulties we face.  Being overlooked for a promotion, dealing with difficult working relationships with peers or your boss, or receiving unexpected feedback on your performance can make it hard to stay productive, healthy and happy.

To thrive in challenging situations, you need resilience to cope with stress, remain focused, and continue to perform well under pressure.

How to Tell if You are Career Resilient

Before we can even begin to determine your level of resiliency, it’s important to understand exactly what makes one “resilient.” Here are a few of the attributes of a person who is able to handle the challenges and changes that come their way:  optimism, confidence, adaptability, community minded, personal mastery, self-awareness, meaning and purpose, stamina and perspective.

Some people are born with a number of these characteristics and are naturally good at stress-management.  Read more in: Stress: How is it Impacting Your Job Performance?  For most of us, these are skills that must be learned and practiced.  If you have a few of these traits, good for you! If you’re lacking in other areas, it’s time to get to work.

Is Your Career Resilience Low … and is it impacting your performance?

“Resilient people do not let adversity define them.”
Source:  Hara Estroff Marano, respected author and Editor-at-Large for Psychology Today.

The key to becoming resilient is to first identify the stressors and challenges you face in your daily work.  These can seriously put a damper on your attitude, productivity and even your ability to advance in your career – that is, unless you find a way to change how you react and respond to these external factors.  That’s where resiliency comes into play.

Where are you at today?  What’s stressing you:

  • Lack of time
  • Too many tasks
  • Looming deadlines
  • Lack of clarity/direction
  • Difficulties with boss and/or colleagues
  • Lack of knowledge/training
  • Change
  • Lack of control
  • Fear (of making a mistake, of being downsized, etc.)?

People who are resilient do not let external circumstances dictate how they will react and respond.  If you are the type that tends to let one bad meeting ruin the rest of your day, it’s probably time to start making some changes.

The first step toward becoming more resilient involves figuring out your current status.  Are you able to roll with the punches, remain positive and continue pushing forward without letting things get you down?  Or, are you performing from a place of being overwhelmed, stressed and frustrated?

If you’re not sure either way, it may be time for a quick assessment of whether you are  Above or Below the Line to determine whether you are on the right track, or if it’s time to make some serious changes.

If your self-assessment has revealed that there is work to be done, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and dig in.

4 Steps to Becoming More Resilient

The good news is, even if you currently lack many of the characteristics of strong career resiliency, they can be learned and developed.

To achieve this, here’s what you need to do:

1. Engage in self-reflection

You can’t expect to experience real change until you’ve adequately identified what the issues impacting you are.  Spend some time reflecting on and identifying what’s standing in your way.  Ask yourself when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed:

  • Who, What, Where, When and How were your buttons pushed?
  • What was going on for you at this time?  What were you thinking/feeling?
  • What was your reaction?  Then dig deeper:  How did you feel?
  • Was this the best reaction to help you maintain your ability to cope and find a solution?
  • What could you have done better?

2. Identify your sources of workplace support

Next, remember that you aren’t alone.  While you are working through your own personal challenges don’t be afraid to get help when and where it’s available.  Identify the people and things that can help you stay on track when you’re facing a stressful moment.  If you don’t have one already, consider getting a mentor.

3. Devise tactics to deal with roadblocks or obstacles

Whether it’s taking a quick coffee break with a co-worker, sitting down for a talk with your boss or just taking a walk outside to blow off some steam, know in advance what tactics and activities will be effective in keeping you level headed in the midst of adversity, and be prepared to launch that plan into action whenever necessary.

4. Develop a Career Resiliency Action Plan

Once you know what’s standing in your way, the final step is creating an action plan to boost your work performance and career growth.  Start by identifying the areas of your life, both personal and professional, in which you’d like to see some positive changes and list the steps necessary to achieve those changes.

If one of the things you’re struggling with is fear of losing your job, don’t wallow in it. Take action and be proactive.  Find ways to make yourself more valuable to your organization.  You’ll find that as you list your obstacles and devise solutions, you’ll already begin to feel a positive shift in your outlook.  Read more in my article: How to Avoid Being Downsized.

The bottom line is, if you want to move forward in your career, and in your life, you have to take the necessary steps to take back control.  The goal is to move from feeling like work is happening to you to feeling confident and having an inner sense of stamina to address whatever challenges comes your way.

Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional.  She has a reputation as a highly sought after Career Consultant and she has been referred to as "an absolute expert at navigating the complex territory of career advancement.” Joanne provides leadership coaching as well as career transition coaching, career planning workshops, and job search services (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, interview practice) for Professionals and Executives. Copyright 2017 JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved.

Improve Your Career Resilience

Are you struggling with workplace stressors or feeling stuck in a career holding pattern?  Let’s connect for a complimentary 20-minute telephone consultation to determine what's holding you back and get you on the right track toward developing the resiliency you need to bring your career to the next level.

Wishing you much career success!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers Inc

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