Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Job Hunting?

The last couple of days have been pretty miserable haven’t they; grey sky, rain, hail and wind. Like most of you, I have ditched flip flops for my boots and the winter work tights are out!

The employment market, like the weather, is also changing, but happily for the positive. Contacts of mine in the recruitment industry tell me that there is a more healthy balance between vacancies and candidates. In fact in sectors such as IT, the market is buoyant and lots more vacancies are being advertised. Even in a confident employment market, it is vital that any information a recruiter puts forward about you is an accurate reflection of your skills and qualities. Anyone acting on your behalf should be crystal clear about the kind of organisation you wish to work for and the kind of role you want to be considered for.

Here are some tips to help you avoid some of the frustrations and pitfalls of job hunting.

– Make sure your CV is first class quality

– Select recruiters carefully. Choose agencies that specialise in your field

– Prepare your competencies carefully and thoroughly

– Be crystal clear about ‘the essence of you’. In other words, be clear what you stand for and what is important to you about your field of work and your career as a whole

– Be clear about your criteria and conditions for your next role

– Don’t be afraid to say no. Even during the research phase, if a role or organisation does not feel right, listen to you instincts

If any of the above is difficult for you to answer, you might want to consider booking a free consultation with me. When working with someone who is objective about your situation, it will be much easier for you to get clear about what you really want, and to stop those perennial barriers.

So if the time is right, drop me an email or give me a ring.

My best wishes

Andrea


Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Things that need to be discussed

I recently finished working with a client who came to me primarily to forge a clear career path. This particular client was very clear about the line of work she wished to pursue, but was struggling to make contacts and create a network in this particular vocational field.

During sessions, we talked about where the barriers and obstacles might be, and how to circumnavigate them. It quickly became clear that some barriers were so big that they were completely preventing progress. As a coach, my job is to ‘dig’ and drill down to less obvious, but core issues, and in this situation I was able to shine to light onto some fundamental things that were really causing the problem.

We took the time to talk through some personal and very sensitive issues, but like the saying goes, and problem shared in a problem halved. Once the words had come out into the open, together we could work out how to move forward.

The coaching experience for this individual was very liberating. She told me of the many benefit she has gained from coaching, but talking through things that needed to be said,  was very powerful.

If you feel you need someone objective to explore some of the barriers that are getting in your way, please do ring to let up an initial consultation.


Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 9:39 am

Life or Career?

I often get asked what I do for a living, and when I explain that I am a life and career coach and I am often asked, “‘Do you work with mainly life coaching clients, or career coaching clients?”

The truth for many people, is that our working lives and personal lives and inextricably linked. When we are having a tough time at work, this will have a negative effect on our home lives. And the opposite is true; when our home lives are in turmoil this can adversely affect our work performance.

So,  which to focus on? Deciphering your priorities are  key, and it can take some careful unravelling. The free coaching consultation you can take advantage of, is focused around understanding in detail all the key issues you are facing. You get the time and space to tell me your story so that I can drill down into the core issues. A typical example would be perhaps struggling with relationship with a line manager. By talking through the dynamics of this relationship, we can establish some of the root causes, particularly the ones you have control and influence over. These key issues can then become topics for future coaching sessions if you choose to go ahead and work with me. We will also take the time to be clear about the interplay between your work and home situation, and establish which is the cause, not the effect.

If any of this ‘speaks’ to you in any way, maybe take the time to read more of my website, or even bookmark the page if you want to come back to it later. Please do ring or email me if you would like to set up a free session.

At the very least enjoy this lovely weather, it looks like we are going to have a lovely weekend.

My warmest wishes to you
Andrea

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