- Comparing and doubting yourself – Stop worrying about others, and focus on developing your best offerings – Yes, you are good enough and qualified for more positions than you’d expect
- Sharing your life history – Your resume is a marketing piece, not a biography – its sole purpose is to get you an interview
- Thinking too small – Think big picture when presenting your skills and abilities
- Putting your needs first - In the interview, it’s about their needs, not yours – show that you understand their needs and how you can deliver on them
- Only applying online – If you’re only applying online, you’re search strategy is seriously flawed – 80% of jobs are acquired through a referral or contact, so make it easy for hiring managers by getting a referral from someone they trust
- Networking only when you need to – Networking out of desperation is disingenuous, and they’ll see that. Think ABN – Always Be Networking, for the long-term benefits of staying informed in your field/industry and for helping others, which can trigger reciprocal support when you need it
- Not following up – hiring managers are overwhelmed, but you can help them by standing out with respectful follow-up and enthusiasm for the opportunity
I had a client recently tell me she was having a bad day, and to please excuse her attitude. As a coach, I know never to let that or any issue go without at least addressing it to identify some improvement opportunities.
Especially in this case, because she is far from alone. We all have bad days, of course, but in the US the frequency is rising and the causes of bad days are multiplying as well.
Excuses or reasons include not getting enough sleep, work stress, issues at home with family, the kids, money issues, disatisfaction with life, a favorite sports team losing, your boss...there's no shortage of "reasons" for bad days.
But how can we turn these situations around so they don't leave us defeated and ineffective?
One idea that many successful people have employed is to make a Happy List. Ok, they might not call it that, and for many it's a mental list more than a written one - but the concept is the same and simple - a Happy List is a list of things, places, actions, activities that bring you Joy and can turn your mood around almost instantly.
What would you put on your Happy List?
Keep it simple and make sure it's quickly doable in most any situation.
Other ideas? Leave a comment and share how you turn your day around after a negative situation!
I was recently asked by a coaching client - "What books should I be reading to be more successful?"
Of course, there are hundreds of great books and I can recommend many that would be valuable to have as a knowledge base.... but books alone aren't the answer. In fact, for many, books and other content such as websites, blogs, YouTube videos, etc...often become an addiction and escape from what really matters - taking action.
Yes, we're back to that. But it's a very important topic and realization many have to make.
The real value of books
Books are only as valuable as the knowledge you take from them to propel you to take the next action. The should be seen as a means to an end, that being the achievement of whatever goal or milestone they are trying to achieve.
Books are neither good nor bad...they're just simply a step in the info to wisdom path we must consciously make sure we're on.
What do I mean?
Think of it this way. Our goal as professionals and human beings on this planet is to live with purpose. That purpose can be most anything that elevates us and in the process helps others.
Books provide lots of information we can use toward that end, be it financial rewards, healthier living, or even spiritual enlightenment.
When you read books you should see them as information that must be processed in your mind and turned into knowledge that is actionable. Knowledge that is acted upon becomes experience. Experience over time becomes wisdom. This is the learning process and path you should follow if you're goal is to achieve anything worthy in life.
INFORMATION --> KNOWLEDGE --> EXPERIENCE --> WISDOM
INFORMATION acquired toward a purpose becomes KNOWLEDGE, which when acted upon become EXPERIENCE, and over time experiences accumulate into WISDOM.
So what's the problem with reading?
Reading for the sake of gathering loads of information can become a crutch and an excuse to not act or apply your learning. For many, it's a form of procrastination. If this is you, you need to stop reading for the sake of reading and start being very selective about it and what you want to get from it.
How I read books
When I read books my aim is simply to get 1-3 nuggets of knowledge that I can apply to my most urgent need or project. I could get that from simply reading the table of contents, or from a single chapter, or through reading the book in it's entirety. This does require clarity about what your goal is and what you want to get out of the book.
So always start with asking yourself -
These questions will get you focused on your goal and help you target your reading to only what's essential toward that goal.
Alright...with all this in mind let me know what you're reading now, what problem you're trying to solve, and how your current read will help you do that. I'll look for your comments below!
How to know you’re seriously being considered for the job, or not
Although it’s not easy to tell in most cases, even if you think the interview went well, or poorly, there are some indicators you can look out for. Here are just a few:
Need help with your job search, resume, or interview preparation?
In my work with many executives and director level clients, I've learned to walk them through a simple process and way of thinking that helps them keep calm and have a plan of action they can follow. Here are the steps we follow. I hope they serve you!
Did this help? Are their any other points of advice you'd recommend?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments. And if I can be of service to you, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you've never worked with a coach it can be quite a mystery, as far as how this all works. And that is often the number one reason people don't hire coaches, even when they really need the help...that ambiguity becomes a big gap in their mind that they can't leap over.
So I'm going to give you a brief rundown on how I work with my clients to prepare them for the job search process, so they're substantially more confident, marketable, and seen as a top candidate amidst a flurry of hundreds, if not thousands of other applicants for jobs.
Now, the finer aspects of the coaching process are probably different for every coach, so don't expect this type of guidance wherever you go. But here's the overall process for someone working with me through every step (full coaching).
Before we start the coaching process, a few things commonly happen -
If you need assistance through the full job search process and materials as well, we follow the full coaching cycle as shown.
Here are the steps, including 3-4 meetings and continuous follow up and support.
If you have questions, please message me through the Live Chat & Support at the bottom of the page - it's a free service for you that connects to my phone directly, 24/7.
With that, I look forward to working with you to achieve your career goals!
Technology is advancing so fast that it's taking over jobs and industries at an increasingly rapid pace. Whether it's factory lines adding robotics, customer service centers outsourcing or adding Artificial Intelligence support, drones delivering products and mail, or simply smarter systems reducing the need for hospital staff...the trend is clear, technology is cheaper and more efficient than people in many markets.
But although things look gloomy for the average worker, there is hope. A new set of skills that robots and AI can't do well is emerging, and it will be the smart employee that sharpens those skills and makes themselves indispensable. A new report released by the World Economic Forum found that, with some reskilling, the average US worker has no less than 48 “good-fit” new career pathways to choose from.
You might be asking, "What are some of these skills?" High value skills include things like:
Although this all might seem daunting and a big transition for many. See this article on 6 reasons to be optimistic about the future of work.
And, if you need guidance with developing the critical skills to transition into a new field, fill out my short intake form for free feedback on your situation. Career Transition Guidance will be essential to make sure you're not wasting your time or energy on skills that won't last you the rest of your working career.
Today I learned about -
THE AGGREGATION OF MARGINAL GAINS.
I know, at first I was like, "The what of what???" lol
But now that I understand it I realize that I've been doing this and didn't even know it. Without a goal though, I've spread it out over years...but if I had a more focused and short-term goal, this could prove incredibly valuable.
What is it? How does it work?
I was recently asked by a client struggling to stay focused, given all the different aspects of the job hunt and life priorities, and I shared with them my guiding approach, namely the Pareto Principle, aka the 80/20 rule.
The rule was discovered by Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist who noticed that the division of wealth in Italy at the time fell into a clean 20% owning 80% of the wealth. He then thought to look at where else this breakdown might apply and started finding it as a pattern for many things.
Later, modern project management theorists noticed it in their efforts to get work done.
And today, the principle is applied even to the job search and life management in general.
Here's an article I read that does a pretty good job of explaining it. Enjoy!
How the 80/20 Rule Can Help Improve Your Productivity!
Birds Have Wings, Humans Have Books.
I had a client ask me how they can do better with interviews and just presenting themselves.
And my #1 recommendation is simple - be smarter! How? by reading and learning something new every day.
And here's the secret why this works - because most people don't and won't do this. You and I are surrounded by people that stopped learning in high school, if not grade school! They just decided they were done, it was too hard, it wasn't for them...whatever! But this sad truth opens up a huge opportunity for those of us that will at least try to learn a little more.
If you do this, it will give you a competitive advantage and confidence like nothing else.
Four Ways You Can Gain Quick Knowledge Before an Interview
Coach Baez has helped hundreds of clients level up their careers and lives. In this blog he shares some of his best tips and lessons learned through his years of coaching.