career coach

 

By Laura Baker

If you had told me two years ago that I was going to hire a “career coach” I would have laughed at you.  I consider myself a strong, determined and fiercely independent woman, so life coaches fall into the category of things that I don’t need.  If I can do something for myself, then I will, period.

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As this great article on Forbes points out, ‘your actions + what others say about you = your reputation’. It’s a formula that I tell all my jobseeker clients to write on a sticky note and pin to their desktop. Why? Because your reputation is your currency and it has a major impact on your employability – especially in the social media era.

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We have an exciting opportunity for a part-time virtual freelance Project Manager to join our team. The Project Manager will assist our growing company with the design and development of special projects and marketing as needed. This year’s projects include our Online Learning Course and writing our first book. The role will evolve depending on the candidate’s experience and interest.

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Many people make friendly chitchat in everyday life, but develop a phobia of meeting new people when they find themselves in a professional situation. The mere thought of standing alone at an event surrounded by potential employers, clients or contacts has them breaking out in a cold sweat. They’ve forgotten that all networking is basically making new friends, and that it can be fun as well as strategic, although it takes practice.

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As a career coach and former HR exec, I know first hand what makes a resume stand out. Equally, I know what makes a hiring manager drop a resume into the ‘No Way’ tray.

Many myths are propagated in relation to CVs and resumes. It’s a veritable minefield! In today’s blog, I’m busting some of those myths to help you avoid the common traps and shape your CV into something the hiring manager really wants to see.

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Are you considering going back to school but feeling uncertain about whether an advanced degree is worth the investment? This is important to consider. Master’s degrees are expensive, intense and time consuming, and not – I repeat, NOT – guaranteed to get you a job. Not only that, but practical, tangible work experience is worth its weight in gold in the sustainability space.

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In my work as a sustainability career coach I have found myself helping many former bankers repair and repurpose their professional lives. The 2008 financial crash forced us to reassess our lives, our careers and our values. Together, we have found that it is possible to make money while also making a positive difference in the world – you just have to know where to look.

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There are a million reasons NOT to look for a new job, even if you are unhappy in your current role or want to change careers. It is a lot of work! You have to figure out how your skills will translate, what the market is like now and how you will find the time for a job search while already in a demanding role.

However with the right approach, making a career change can be as exhilarating as it is scary. Fear of change, failure and the unknown are usually what hold us back from diving into a change. Rather than resisting your fears, use them to their best advantage by recognizing them and putting them to work.

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Making a career switch and searching for “the right job” can be a challenging and nebulous process. Recently, Shannon participated in Net Impact’s webinar on Making the Career Switch: How to Land an Impact Job You Love with Moving World’s CEO Mark Horoszowski. Listen below to dispel some myths about how to find a career that you truly love.

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