Career Coaching Blog
The Three Components to Building Professional Reputation
Is your professional reputation something you can build or accidental and mostly out of your control? A key pillar of career development is reputation management. I thought I would try and de-construct professional reputation as a way of shedding light onto something we’re all aware of but don’t necessarily try and intentionally influence.
Who Comes to Mind in Your Field?
Think of your thing: that is, the profession, spot on the corporate ladder, consulting niche that you oper…
Map Your Industry to Build Market Reputation
How Well Do You Know Your Industry?
One of the valuable skills I learned during my years in the executive search industry was industry mapping.
I would receive an assignment for let's say a VP Logistics in a 3rd party supply chain company and over the course of a couple of weeks I would create a document that mapped the names and locations of the key players in the industry, their relative sizes, the names and titles in each company of the people related to the job and even try and figure out …
How to Ride a Career Wave - with 1 page PDF worksheet
Many professionals and executives have made a significant step in their career or even changed the trajectory of their career thanks to riding a wave. While it can happen accidentally, paying attention to your environment can significantly increase the likelihood of catching your next industry wave. Learn how to ride a career wave.
What is an Industry Wave?
Nothing more than a ripple far from shore, a wave slowly begins to pick up energy and size. The art of surfing is to spot the right wave, catc…
Resume Bullet Points - How Bullet-Point Worthy is Your Job?
Your professional value is communicated through your conversations, word-of-mouth, your work, and through what you write on your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile and other branding materials. For your written branding materials, resume bullet points are the sound bites, the encapsulation of what you’ve done. In one to three lines per bullet, your professional contributions are described. It’s a moment of truth when it comes time to write-up your experience. The intent…
The question to ask when you’re not fully engaged at work
There’s a pattern to how we feel at the end of our workdays. It wasn’t too long ago when frustration consumed me. In that job, I was missing key ingredients important to me. How I felt impacted my marriage, my kids and my overall well-being. I worked on bringing some of these into my job, but finally determined that I needed to create my own environment. So, I made a change.
The Taking Stock Question
What’s your pattern? Are you in the right place, doing the right work, for you, at this point in y…
Targeted Career Change Strategies
The prospect of making some form of career change is both exhilarating -- and daunting. If you’ve decided to change careers -- and you know exactly the new career you want to pursue -- it’s important not to be stymied by the enormity of the challenges associated with the career-change process. So, how do you get the ball rolling? Drawing from my experience as an executive recruiter, director of an MBA career centre and as career coach, here are some powerful strategies you can e…
Professional Strengths: What do you see that others don't?
Understand Your Strengths
I can’t sing. I’d like to, but I am hopelessly off key. In the company of more musically gifted friends, it is glaringly obvious to them, and the more musical they are, the more uncomfortable it is for them to listen to me. They hear, or see something that I don’t.
What do I mean by “seeing”?
We all have the ability to see things that not everyone else does. Patterns, ideas, problems, structure, systems. They are subtle, near invisible things, obvious only to those who ha…
Career Move Strategy: Leverage Your Company’s Reputation
Let Your Company Work For You
Does your company do something exceptionally well as a result of industry dynamics? Quality processes. Mission critical systems. Marketing discipline. Customer support. Distribution precision. Don’t take that level of excellence for granted. There may be organizations who look to your employer as a leader in this area and covet that expertise. The expertise you’ve gained from your employer’s unique circumstances may be just the career move strategy you need to empowe…
More LinkedIn Value: Take Care of Your LinkedIn Connections
Our LinkedIn connections and other digital relationships require care and nurturing to prevent stagnation. I previously wrote about how you can better get to know your LinkedIn connections. Here, I cover ways to stay in touch and support your LinkedIn relationships on the fly. That is, during the normal course of your weekly internet activity.
Network & Emotions
Let’s start with why. I have a network. You have a network. But a network is a concept that only becomes real and …
LinkedIn Tips - How to Get More Network Value from your LinkedIn Connections
Evaluating and Using Your LinkedIn Connections
While there are many important LinkedIn tips, having a focus on the relationship with our connections is critical. Once upon a time on LinkedIn, we only connected with people that we actually knew and endorsed. Today, its likely that you and I have connected with people who we wouldn’t recognize if we bumped into them on the street. In this article, I cover LinkedIn tips related to strengthening the relationship with select connections which increas…