Career Issues

Finding a career that’s the right fit can be complicated and stressful. You may wonder:

  • Should I be in a job that’s more meaningful and fulfilling?
  • Is this job the right fit for me? If not, what job might be a better fit?
  • Why am I applying for so many jobs and not hearing back?
  • Is the job I have a dead end street for me?
  • Is it too late to change careers? How would I even go about changing careers?
  • Does your job also have to be your passion? What if it’s just a paycheck?
  • Should I leave my job if I don’t feel supported by my manager?

These questions were daunting enough before the coronavirus pandemic, but now with so many folks laid off, unemployment sky high, and businesses that may not re-open, we’re in a whole new economic landscape – one that may not be friendly to job seekers. You may find yourself with more questions than answers.

That’s where career counseling can help.

You may be actively applying for jobs right now, desperate to get an income again, and need help with your resumé, cover letter, interviewing, LinkedIn profile and the like. You may feel stuck in your job and be considering changing careers and wonder what else might be out there for you. Or you may be experiencing a different kind of career stress entirely – having an unsupportive boss or having trouble finding the meaning in your work. Career coaching can help guide you to a better career or help you transform your current environment into something that feels like a better fit for you.

 

Jenny Larson is our resident career expert, and she can help you in three ways...

 

 

Career Exploration

  • Peace of mind to know that you’re in the right job or career field
  • Finding out what other jobs might be a better fit for you
  • Knowing what it would take to change careers
  • Learning how your current skills and abilities might make you a good candidate for another career
  • An understanding of why this pandemic might or might not be the right time to change careers
  • Assessments that take merge your natural skills and abilities with your interests
  • How to conduct an informational interview within your comfort zone and why it’s important
  • Help with translating your current skills and abilities into the traits hiring managers are looking for
  • A partner with 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and Career Coaching who can talk through your options with you and guide you on the right path

Career Application

  • Help tailoring your resumé and cover letter for a specific job
  • How to identify what hiring managers are looking for
  • Knowing what to focus on in your LinkedIn profile
  • How to network within your comfort zone
  • What employers are looking for when they ask interview questions, starting with, “Tell me about yourself”
  • How to negotiate salary when you are offered a position
  • How to decide between two positions
  • A resumé and cover letter to help you stand out in a sea of applicants
  • Help knowing what hiring managers look for in a LinkedIn profile and what areas are of lesser importance
  • An understanding of networking and how to do it effectively and within your comfort zone
  • Interview practice in ways that will make you less anxious during the interview
  • Assistance in negotiating the details once you receive an offer
  • A partner with 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and Career Coaching who knows what hiring managers are looking for and how to stand out

Career Stress

  • Help navigating a stressful work environment
  • How to know when it’s time to quit a job
  • Ways to find meaning in your work or whether your job is just a paycheck
  • Assistance with a difficult co-worker
  • How to better communicate with your manager and/or your staff
  • An exploration of communication styles in the workplace
  • A better understanding of change management and how it affects you at work
  • Ways to better manage – both up and down
  • A deep dive into autonomy, mastery, and purpose in your job, which of these may be missing, and how that affects you
  • A partner with 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and Career Coaching who has advised both managers and staff around communication, management and leadership, and employee satisfaction

Career coaching can be as many or as few sessions as you need.

Sometimes you might need help with more than one issue, but sometimes you might need help with just a resumé or how to solve a problem with a co-worker. We can work with you in a session or two on:

  • Resume and cover letter reviews
  • Interviewing
  • Networking and Informational Interviews
  • Salary negotiation
  • Deciding between two offers
  • Reviewing assessments to determine other careers that might be a good fit
  • Communication in the workplace
  • Managing up or down

It’s easy during this coronavirus pandemic for everything in life to be colored by doubt and uncertainty. The constant worry we have around our job and our finances can make us irritable, depressed, and can make us lose confidence in ourselves. Work, whether paid or unpaid, not only gives us a sense of meaning in our lives, but provides us with structure, a feeling of control, and the confidence that we’re good at something.

Reach out today to schedule a free 15-minute career counseling consultation with Jenny Larson to discuss how we can help you personally with the career issue you’re struggling with during this time. We’re here for you.

 

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