Three-fourths of the executives surveyed by Accountemps declared just one or two typos in a resume kills an application. Four out of ten declare that one typo means the axe.
In job searching and beyond, it’s not really who you know, its who knows you and is willing to promote you. The fact is you really are job searching throughout your entire career. Everyone you meet could potentially be an allie, neutral (think Sweden) or a foe. You want to build as many allies as possible. To build positive relationships, be a good citizen. Make others look good, offer your assistance as needed, and go out of your way to be generous with your time, expertise and talent.
Forget about what you may have lost when you left your job and be thankful for what can be in the future. Now is the perfect time to re-prioritize. Should you be looking for a similar job in the same industry or a different industry? Is it time to move up in title and/or salary? Evaluate what is really important. Is now the time to look for a job that allows you more time with your family? Is it time to go back to school? By setting aside time in your work week to discuss these conundrums with a friend, mentor or icf coaching, you will decide which direction to move and confidently do so. Remember this time is a gift.
Where do you look for a coach? My favorite way of finding anything I need is to ask others who have had experience with it. So to find a coach I would ask my friends who their coach is. If that doesn’t work then there are directories of coaches on the web. A few such websites are: and .
He ended up writing his own job title – product marketing manager – to describe what the job he wanted to do. He made a list of the things he wanted the job to encompass. Then he started sharing this with his network.
As you begin your career transition, you will receive regular one-on-one coaching. Your career coach will provide you with feedback, constant encouragement and suggestions. A good career coach will help you look for the best solutions to career-related problems. They will also share contemporary strategies to help you organise your thoughts so that you can make wise career decisions.
Whether you are pondering these questions in a group setting or on your own, also consider these questions: What can I learn from this? And, what is next for me? You may or may not get to the bottom of all the “whys” but you can learn from your experience and build the courage to move forward into your next opportunity.
Ultimately we are all responsible for managing our own careers. The annual performance appraisal is an event that you should prepare for as much as your manager does. As Janine Moon, Master Certified Career Coach says in her book, Career Ownership, ‘There is only one rule when it comes to our careers. Your career belongs to you. It’s your responsibility. You better own it’. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.