Typically, my coaching clients want help with career direction or progression, to get a job, or to improve their current job performance. Usually, they present with self-doubt. Scratching the surface and their challenge is often about being assertive. This post looks at how to be assertive in five different job- and career-related scenarios. Also, we look at the common factors, so you can up your game and increase your chances of success.
Posts by David Shindler:
You decide to move jobs and make your first application for a specific role. Luck plays a part in hitting the jackpot first time. More likely, you will embark on a haphazard journey of trial and error with plenty of rejections along the way. Job searching can be demoralizing over time when you don’t find what fits.
Increasingly, work-life balance is becoming an unattainable goal. The online and offline worlds are changing our ways of living and working with a whole life approach a more realistic aim than balance. It presents an opportunity to move from job surviving to work thriving. How can you spot the difference and make it happen?
It’s often tempting in life to do what’s easiest and in front of us rather than stepping back to take a wider and more considered view. Doing something, anything, can feel better than nothing at all. Although tactics may get you somewhere, however, is it where you want to be?
We all face that conundrum on occasions whether to listen to our head or to our heart when making decisions. Some of us lead with our heart and forget or ignore our head. Others start with their head and then pull on the heartstrings. Both are troublesome. So, what should you watch out for when making job and career decisions?
One of the frustrations job seekers identify is the limitations of the resume and job interview for putting across who they really are. They may lack experience and their qualifications are no longer enough to convince employers. Many employers are risk-averse, particularly in tough economic times, and go for the tried and tested candidate. How do you get across your potential and persuade an employer you are a better bet?
A paradigm shift is happening today about the meaning of work, what a job is, what it means to be an employee, and the changing nature of a working life. We are working and living longer, so it’s crazy to think of education as a single decade at the beginning of our lives when we might have seven or eight more!
One of the factors for job and career success is the value you add. Sometimes you can quantify it, like exceeding targets or the increase in dollars from implementing a creative idea. Other times it’s more intangible, like how you make people feel and the support you give as a valued colleague.
You want to get from A to B in your life. However, sometimes you don’t know where you are or where you’re going.
Unconscious biases are often at the root of ageism. We’ve all got our prejudices. Part of the trick to tackling them is to make them conscious.