Last week, I caught the David Letterman show. My former boss Martha Stewart was on. It was fun to see Martha and Dave hamming it up - two seasoned media personalities still relevant after years on the job. Dave announced his retirement late last week but for many, retirement isn't something they are thinking about. The boomers, Xer's, Y's, and millenials I know and work with are looking for fulfilling ways to stay career-relevant.
No matter what your industry or level of experience, your employer and you benefit when you find your Career Genius. Find out why Soul Search then Job Search is so much more effective and rewarding than traditional "fit-yourself-into-a-job-description" methods.
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Everybody is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid. —Albert Einstein
Be careful. Read it and you might get depressed. I did. According to the guide my salary has peaked.
Beyond that, my concern with this guide is that people put too much stock in salary when choosing their careers when studies show, it's not a long-term motivator.
Sure we all want to pay the bills but when the paycheck is all you are working for, the job is ultimately self-defeating. One of my clients called it eating your soul to feed your belly.
Too many people think a job is supposed the be a chore. So they overly focus on salary as the main factor.
It's not working.
The Conference Board reports that for 7 straight years less than half of US workers are satisfied in their careers.
Don't consider yourself average or a statistic. Consider yourself one of the few who will light the world on fire. if you do what you love… sure the money will follow, but you will also not be reading articles like this because you will be too busy and excited about having a career with passion and purpose and not angry, depressed that you're not making enough.
What if we taught 20-somethings not to fear the future of the "real world" with "guides" like this, but rather discussed how to live your dreams, how to create, how to build a better world because you lived up to your potential and that true happiness is not in cash but in giving your all for a cause, in giving back to humanity, giving back to mother earth… to create a better world for all people.
I think I won the debate of course. One viewer had this to say after the segment:
"I managed medical offices. Loved it! Next taught elementary school. Loved it! Next Dementia/Alzheimer's private care. Loved it. Finally, veterinary medicine. Still love it! Lots of interesting careers under one Bachelors degree! All involved giving care. All were part-time to be home with our children. Intrinsic motivation has always served me well. All made me happy! The pay was appropriate for each position. Thanks for the great advice! We CAN have happy and varied careers! Keep up the great work!"
“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.” - Mark Twain
Creating an elevator pitch scares most people. But I've uncovered a powerful secret - the personal touch. Adding it will not only make it easier for you to create your pitch, but it will also make it easier for others to remember you.
What do I mean by the personal touch? Here's an example.
"Hi, my name is Julie. I am looking for an internship in the food industry. As a kid I loved cooking with my grandmother. I wrote down all of our favorite recipes. This year, I published it as a holiday gift for the whole family. My grandmother cried. Hearing you speak about your work at the Food Network today inspired me. I'd love to learn more about how you got to where you are today. Are you open to a short informational interview?"
You don’t have to put on a show. Just be yourself and share your story.
Recently I spoke to a group of students from American University visiting NYC (#AUNYCTrip). I kicked-off their trip sponsored by the AU Career Center with a key-note speech focused on networking strategy and making authentic connections. I shared with them Julie's elevator speech with the personal touch and had them write their own versions. After writing for a few minutes, several volunteers shared their stories. After each pitch, I asked the audience what they heard. In every case, it was the personal detail that stuck. Not the person's major or their litany of qualifications but his/her personal story. When we finished the room was abuzz with energy. We were not only getting pitched, we were making real connections.
Answer these questions to add the personal touch to your elevator speech:
--What's your name? What do you do/do you want to do?
--What life experience led you to want to do this?
--What do you want the audience to do to help you?
Too often I find people leave out important details when telling their career stories. They downplay successes because they don’t want to brag or they’re too busy recounting their “hard skills” to share the heartfelt reason they have this career aspiration in the first place.
In today’s world where information is easy to find, the way to stand out is to be authentic.
I was put on the spot by the students and asked what my elevator pitch was. I immediately thought of the real reasons I do what I do...
Hi my name is Maggie. I’m a Life Purpose and Career coach. My Mom went back to medical school when I was 6, my sister was 5 and my brother was 10. I learned firsthand that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Today I help others Soul Search, Research and Job Search into their dream careers. If you want to make a career change, contact me.
There’s no need to stammer the next time someone asks, “What do you do?”
Answer the questions above and you'll create your pitch. Share it in the comments below and you'll not only inform us of your interests and talents but you may just make the real connections necessary to reach your career goal.
“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” - Carl W. Buechner
"Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account." ~Oscar Wilde
But that isn't going to stop us from trying. As the ball drops tonight in Times Square (just two blocks from my home) and you ring in the New Year, consider adding these career resolutions to your list for 2014:
Do no harm. Move beyond social responsibility to career responsibility. Even if you think you know, research exactly how your employer earns the money to pay your salary. Understand the intended and unintended consequences of the work you and your organization do. Make an effort in 2014 to offset any negative effects by proposing changes in where and how work gets done. Recently on a trip to Costa Rica, I was very pleased our tour operator gave us water in biodegradable bottles. It was not only cheaper than water in plastic bottles (plastic prices have gone up with oil) but our bottles will disappear in 3 years when planted. I think it tasted better too. Brainstorm ways to do no harm in your work. Ideas you have may not only improve the customer experience as it did for me but also save the company money.
Do what you want. Make 2014 the year you delegate. Get the stuff off your plate that you shouldn't be there. Selfish? I think not. You're not good at the tasks you don't want to do. They take longer, you make mistakes, your creativity suffers. If you want to be even more effective in the New Year, you've got to Soul Search to get clear on your unique core genius and center your work around that. For me, 2014 is about delegating my website redesign to the contact I found via my friend Emily Morgan at Delegate Solutions. I'm excited to have a knowledgeable resource who can translate my new career offerings effectively online.
Support and encourage others following their dreams. Many people are following their passions with new businesses, new products, and new careers. If you're on the fence about making your own dream career come true, gain momentum by supporting someone already doing it. Encourage them by writing a positive review or recommendation, buying their products or sending an email or text message with your supportive words. One of my clients, a financial services consultant turned travel blogger created a 2014 calendar of the amazing sunset images he's captured. I gave his calendar as a holiday gift and the recipitents were inspired! Check out the calendar from StayAdventurous.com. Another client, a marketer turned Registered Holistic Nutritionist always gets my recommendation when I hear someone wants to get healthy. Read Jen Martin's blog and learn more about her New Year's Resolution to eat more fat.
May the new year bring you more happiness, peace and prosperity because you had the courage the do something differently. Happy New Year!
"I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans...and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me." ~Anaïs Nin
We all have the power to make a difference with our time and talents. In my ten years of coaching, I have seen that we are each uniquely built to fulfill a specific purpose. The challenge is that most people have no idea what their purpose is.
This holiday season, you CAN help someone you know get clarity on their purpose and their ideal career. Purchase and gift the downloadable (PDF) version of my NEW Soul Search workbook.
The Soul Search Workbook contains:
Over 30 pages of exercises to help the user uncover the eight core elements that make up his/her ideal career. Elements include: Interests/Passions, Motivators, Purpose, Strengths and & The Best Work Environment just to name a few.
The insights from each exercise are designed to correspond with a section of the person's very own career guide. This way after he/she completes each exercise, he/she can easily organize the information to be able to make sound career decisions and to brainstorm various ways to combine the elements into new and exciting career possibilities.
Give the gift of career happiness with one of these options:
$199 for a Soul Search workbook (PDF)
$299 for the workbook PDF and a 30 minute group coaching session
$399 for the workbook PDF and a private 60 minute individual coaching session
CONTACT ME TODAY to purchase one of these gifts or learn more. (You need not complete the entire Contact form, just input your name, email and write in next to "Other" category that you're interested in one of the gift packages. I'll get back to you in 24 hours.)
If not us, who? If not now, when? --John F. Kennedy
50 yrs since his death, the effots of John F. Kennedy are still making a difference. I know this firsthand. Our son Mercer is alive and well today because of JFK's son Patrick. Jackie gave birth to Patrick several weeks early and he did not survive. After his experience, President Kennedy mandated that more research be focused on saving premature babies. Mercer was born three months early and is thankfully a thriving toddler today.
JFK's efforts created a miracle for our son and countless others. Just imagine what you (and the person you give the workbook to) can do when their talents are focused on purpose!
You’re not here by accident. There’s an important role you are here to play! In fact, the world needs you to play it in order to be a better place. Stay tuned for more on how you can make a difference with your time and talents and also what I am going to be doing in 2014 to walk the talk.
I've been a fan of Monster.com since their early commercials featuring kids who wanted to grow up and become "middle managment" or "yes-men." Hilarious! What can I say, I like companies that encourage people to follow their dreams. Monster is continuing this trend with a new initiative called Find Better, helping people find better jobs whether they're just starting out, want to start their own businesses or are transitioning careers from military to civilian service for example. There's even an entertaining video series created with the Pivot TV network.
Below you can find links and more information on upcomingTV and video segments to help in your own quest to Find Better...
Monster introduces their latest campaign, Find Better! Monster and the Pivot TV network have teamed up to create 9 segments for Take Part Live --a topical show that tackles timely issues without taking itself too seriously and provides stories and conversations that matter to millennials.
Also being created are digital Find Better shorts featuring career advice and real life challenges. View the latest segments athttp://www.TakePart.com/FindBetter. See below for upcoming topics.
*Note: Pivot is not available to Time Warner customers, but you can view the digital shorts at the link above.
Upcoming Find Better egments
11/18 —Woman Amongst Boys
What is it like to be a female in a male-dominated field? Host Josh Shipp speaks with a woman who has experienced her career in the science/technology field. He then recaps the top 10 male-dominated fields where women currently are having an impact. In-studio, we discuss why there are so few women in certain fields and highlight strategies to encourage more females to pursue those paths.
12/9 —Choosing the Best Path
Shipp and specialists discuss the best ways to identify potential career paths for chosen fields and explore potential challenge/pitfalls that lie ahead. During the segment, experts provide tips and tools to determine, on an individual basis, the careers for which some millennials are best suited and creative or unexpected ways to get where you’re going.
12/16 —Beyond The Offer
So you got the job, now what? Josh talks to experts about first job expectations, discussing what kind of leverage entry-level employees actually have. We explore questions about when it’s appropriate to re-negotiate salaries and offer tips to manage the balance between respecting the employer and advocating for yourself.
It's good to be open to career insights from all kinds of sources.
As a career coach and radio host*, I have had clients use everything from numerology to astrology to figure out an auspicious time to launch a new career, website or business. I personally have also found color tests insightful.
These instruments assess your type based on the color choices you make from successive sets of different combinations. I even interviewed the author of one color test on my radio show because I found his assessment to be spot on in assessing my strengths and personality. I recently retook the Dewey color test and found it continues to hit the mark. Try the free color assessment for yourself and comment below if it hits home (or doesn't) for you!
Though they can offer insights, I have one major problem with asessment tests: They're limiting.
Knowing your strengths and personality are important factors in finding the career you're meant for but they're not only ones. I help my clients assess themselves in eight different areas as part of a larger Soul Search, Research and Job Search process. These elements include: your top interests, key motivators, skills you want to employ, ways you want to contribute/find purpose, your best qualities, the best work environment, activities you get the most enjoyment from, and salary & benefits. By working through exercises and self-reflection questions we prioritize what's most important to you and brainstorm career possibilities that match the elements of your ideal career. Answer this brief questionnaire if your career needs and goals include clarifying what you'd like to do.
Assessments also tend to shoehorn you into existing careers. After Soul searching, Researching and Job Searching with countless clients, I have found the ideal careers are most often new niche areas my cients can fill, or a unique take on existing careers. Often the right answer is combination of career options not previously thought of (and that wouldn't typically show up in an assessment).
There's no a magic wand for figuring out what you're meant to do with your life; but that doesn't mean you can't have fun investing the time and energy to reflect on who you are and what you came here to be. Opera Singer Bevely Sills said it best, "There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
Most of us assume that the way to find a job is to see what’s available in job listings or to select a career based on someone’s advice, but these often lead to unfulfilling career choices. You only need to look at the latest job satisfaction surveys for how unfulfilled most workers feel. According to Forbes.com, the Society for Human Resource Management found only 29% of workers in the 31-to-61 age group were “very satisfied” with their jobs. The rest were either “somewhat satisfied” or not satisfied at all.
So what can you do to find job satisfaction and fulfillment while still making a great living?
It is in our hearts that we should seek guidance about finding career paths that lead to long-term success and happiness. So this fall, I'm excited to offer a new three-part series:
Simple exercises that help you listen to your heart and articulate your unique and powerful vision about your life purpose;
“Voice Dialogue” techniques that help you integrate head and heart; and
How to let go of limiting beliefs about work and career.
Register now. (Early bird rate expires September 14th, 2013).
Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They focus on their past successes, not past failures. They take the next step to get closer to the fulfillment of goals. They don’t get bogged down by the distractions life presents.
One of my favorite sayings is “if you do nothing, nothing will change.” it’s time to develop your overall career change strategy to get you from the career you’re in today to your dream job.
Always follow your dreams!
Believe in the best, think your best, study your best, have a goal for your best, never be satisfied with less than your best, try your best and in the long run, things will turn out for the best.
Wouldn't it be great if your boss asked you this question?! Even if he/she doesn't ask, you can create a thoughtful response and bring up the subject yourself. Be careful though. In my experience, too many people dream of working from home or the beach but few have fully thought through where they work best.
Your answer might surprise you. I've been my own boss for seven years and LOVE working in a clean, comfortable, quiet space with a view. My best work has happened when I overlooked the ocean, a forest or a lake. I even had a great coaching session from the John Hancock Tower in Chicago. I need to be my most inspired in order to inspire others. Even when I haven't had a view of nature, I've painted and framed up landscapes to help me get "in the zone."
But telecommuting isn't for everyone.Just recently, I spoke with a client who's new dream job involves working from home most days. Initially excited about the added flexibility, my client didn't realize he'd miss the social interaction around the water cooler. He's also realized he needs more face time with the boss to build rapport quickly and be included in key meetings. So now we're working on the right balance of telecommuting and office work so he can make a proper ask of his boss and create the best working scenario. If you or someone you know could use help figuring out their work situation,go to my Contact page.
Working at home with a two-year old running around does not produce the quiet space I need. Now I do most of my work from virtual office space. All over the US and the world, organizations are popping up that allow you to rent a professional office for a day or even an hour.
Don't wait for your boss to set up your ideal work environment. If any of this resonates with you, I'd love to hear where you work best by commenting below. Stop and reflect now. Think about the times when you had your best ideas or felt you were most productive. What about the environment inspired that kind of performance in you? Write down your thoughts. Talk with your boss about it, ask for his/her feedback and create your ideal work scenario today.