your quiz result
You can fix or change your career by…
making yourself visible and positioning yourself for success
There’s truly nothing more frustrating and dispiriting than knowing what you want but not being able to make it happen.
It’s time to showcase who you really are.
If I were to take a guess, I’d say you’ve been looking around for other options. You’re either not getting any responses or having great interviews but not securing the role.
Making progress from here requires you to think differently… in order to stand out, you must communicate who you are and what you stand for.
career coaching to fix or change your career
Is this you?
You know what you want next from your career but it’s just not happening
Not being able to achieve the next promotion has never happened to you before
You know you do amazing work but you’re not getting responses to applications
You have great interviews but are not securing the role
You’re being overlooked for roles you know you can do, without adequate explanation
You follow up opportunities you hear about but they never convert to anything tangible
But it all feels frustrating and dispiriting and you’re just not sure what else you can do?
It’s time to be VISIBLE
So you’ll be discoverable and the “right” opportunity will find you
A strategy that is about making you VISIBLE provides you with the best chance of your dream role finding you… and takes away the frustration of searching for work or inspiration.
Why you need to position yourself to be VISIBLE
Ever wondered why you’re overlooked for roles you know you can do?
People help people they know. It’s important others aware of who you are and why they need you.
Do you want to be the person who is first to hear about interesting opportunities?
People need to know you exist. If you’re invisible it’s very unlikely you’ll be considered when opportunities come up.
When people don’t know you exist, all your hard work may not receive the recognition it deserves.
Your career confidence will increase exponentially when you know others appreciate the value you deliver.
Three tips to help you position yourself for success
1. GET ACTIVE ON LINKEDIN
Oh, I hear your groans and feel your eye-rolls from here! And, I understand your resistance. I was an early adopter of LinkedIn, way back in 2004… but I’ve only become an active participant recently.
I too thought it was just a place for braggers and big-noters. Let me assure you, it’s not.
Getting active on LinkedIn is the single biggest thing you can do to set yourself up for career success.
It’s not about asking people for jobs. It’s about raising your profile and showcasing your value. And, it’s about finding the advice and support you need to make confident next steps.
Try these simple steps to get started –
- Update your bio to tell your story and showcase your professional value
- Connect with those working in your ideal fields or businesses
- Establish yourself as a subject matter expert by posting information others will find helpful or valuable
2. LOOK FOR PEOPLE, NOT JOBS
Use your professional and social connections to seek out those who can help you do what you want to do.
Be clear about who you’re looking for.
- Perhaps you’re interested in another industry, ask your contacts if they know people they can introduce you to.
- Maybe you’d like to ask questions of someone who’s made the career move you want to make. Reach out and ask if they’d be prepared to meet with you and answer your questions.
You never know who you might connect with that might be looking for exactly what you offer.
3. Progress over perfection
Things will never be perfect. You’ll never have enough time and there’s no way of knowing what Your external environment is going to throw at you next. Talking about it, thinking about it and even planning it is procrastination that’s keeping you safe… and your career stuck.
If there’s something in your career you want to achieve so much you know you’re going to regret not doing it, you must take that first step and take it now.
What first action step can you take today that brings that ideal situation a little bit closer? You only need one action step. Getting started creates momentum so trust that the next steps will reveal themselves as you need them.
Use your CLEAR career vision to create an action plan for success
Now you’re clear about what you want in your working life, continue setting yourself up for success by developing an action plan for the year ahead.
How do you integrate positioning yourself to be VISIBLE into your strategy to fix or change your career?
1. be ready to speak to everyone
Place no limits on who you make yourself visible to. Even a small social interaction in the communal kitchen or in the lift may result in an unexpected opportunity.
Toss out the age-old, “I’m a [insert job title]”, if someone asks what you do. Be ready to quickly communicate –
- Who you are
- What you do
- The professional problem you can solve
- The benefits solving that problem delivers to a team or workplace
Always be thinking in terms of these two questions –
- How can I help you with that?
- How do I position myself as the “go-to” person?
2. focus your message
The number one career marketing rule is to not try to be everything to everyone.
At each stage of your career, decide on a singular message directed at your target audience. I can’t stress this enough.
Decide who you want to be in that particular moment –
- Base it on the types of opportunity you’re targeting
- Structure your message, behaviour and content to be relevant with this type of opportunity
- Make sure it lands with and is memorable to the associated decision makers.
career coach and mindset mentor
Wait a minute, let me introduce myself…
Hello, I’m Helen Thomas. I’m a career coach who specialises in helping smart professionals who feel stuck or trapped in their career and are fed up trying to figure out how to fix things.
I built a successful corporate career that looked great on paper, but… I always felt out of place. I know just how disheartening it is to want something different for your working life but not know how to achieve it.
I desperately wished something, or someone, would rescue me.
I tried changing jobs, I tried sucking it up. Nothing worked.
I finally realised, designing and achieving a career you love… is an inside job. No-one else can do it for you and there’s no magic answer.
But… I’ve learnt the lessons and developed a framework you can follow that involves far less wasted time and effort than the path I took.
With some simple steps we’ll get you on the path to designing a career you love and feel proud to talk about.