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4 Steps To Making Your Job Search A Habit

In the last few weeks I have met two people who have been at a job they hate for 10 years! Imagine what that does to your spirit, never mind your health.  Both of them claimed, “it was supposed to be temporary”.  In this current economy it is very easy to let your job search motivation lag.  A job keeps you extremely…

The Art of Accountability

In recent years some of us may, at times, scratch our heads and wonder what happened to accountability. Why is it so difficult an attribute for people to maintain? We have seen this decline in the media, in changing standards for food labeling and it’s certainly no secret that corporate America has suffered in this area. On a more personal level, we’ve all had to commit to something in our lives. Hopefully, we have weathered some challenges along the way but kept our sense of accountability in tact. I realize it is easier said than done. For instance, in the midst of January – a month with a trail of broken New Year’s resolutions, it’s a good time to take a closer look at this subject. If it weren’t for the newly launched gym-pact.com, who knows where my exercise endeavors would be. It is absolutely possible to learn to become more accountable and, particularly, when it comes to a job search, the benefits of accountability are well worth the efforts so let’s explore.

For starters, what goes wrong when people set out to be accountable to themselves or to others? It starts with a strong foundation of realistic goal setting. This is one of the biggest traps that people fall in to. If they begin with a lofty unattainable idea of what they can realistically do, this leads to feeling personally defeated instead of motivated. If you’re a job changer, you should spend some time in the research phase of your goal planning. It would be great to know how many hours (either before work or after work) you can actually devote to a search without being overly exhausted.

What Is Career Coaching And How Can It Help You?

The process of career coaching and counseling is still somewhat foreign to many people, but in this current economic climate, not knowing that there is a professional support out there and how they can help you will only cause prolonged unhappiness, and unnecessary job search struggles. If you’re sick with a chronic condition, you seek medical help, why not for your career? It affects every aspect of your life.

Recently I was interviewed by Demetrius Cheeks of Learnvest to find out what career coaches do, and how we can help people who are struggling with getting their career on track or succeed in difficult job search. In this interview with Demetrius I share my experiences as a Career Coach and how the art and science of career counseling can help prep you to compete against the millions of fellow job-seekers or find the right career fit.

The Hardest Step Is The First One….

Happy New Year! 2013 is finally here and we are all brimming with the anticipation of what it could bring, holding a fistful of resolutions that we are determined to fulfill — some might even be career-related. The stumbling block to achieving many a resolution is becoming overwhelmed with the size of the task or the degree of change needed to achieve…

Three Things You Could Do Online Today Instead of Shopping

As you probably noticed, today is CyberMonday, the biggest shopping day of the year for online retailers. {Sigh, I guess it is important to keep our economy going. If you can contribute to it, that is great!) But if you’re currently in the market for a new job or a career change, there are much better ways you could be spending your…

The Anatomy of a Job Search

Welcome to the First Careerfolk blog! This is a big step for me because I am more of a speaker than a writer, but I realize the need to push myself and expand my skill sets, just like I encourage my clients to. Since we are in the midst of the worst economy of our time and a job market that has…