The One Piece of Career Change Advice I Got That Changed Everything

About 8 years ago I went to see a career counselor for some help. I was hiring he could offer some insight and help me change careers.

Wait. I need to be honest. I was really hoping he was psychic or had some magical power.

You see, I really hoped he could just look at me, hear my story, and then tell me with 100% certyty what job I was supposed to have. And oh, he would of course tell me that this job would make me lots of money.

It did not exactly work that way.

We met for over an hour. He asked me lots of questions and listened to me explain my frustration and confusion. I knew I wanted to change careers. I did not know what career I wanted to change to.

He then leaned in closer and said, "Annemarie, the thing is, no one I've ever worked with was ever surprised when they discovered their passion.
Hmmm. Really?

He said, "The job that would make you make happy is right in front of you."
Uh, are you sure?

You see, I was worried that the answer I was looking for was going to escape me forever because maybe I did not have a passion in the first place.

He gave me hope! He was telling me it was right in front of me. And you know what, he was right. Sure, I was thrilled when I discovered coaching was my purpose. But I also felt this calm, relaxed sensation-kind of like coming home to sleep in your own bed after being away for too long. I had been "doing coaching" for a very long time with people I knew. I just never took notice.

What career is peeking out at you from right under your nose?

Your dream career is something you're already doing or have done in some form, one way or another. We do whatever we can to express our true selves, whether we are getting paid for it or not.
Tonight, go home and ask yourself this question: "If money were no object, how would I love to spend my time?"

Let me know what you find out! For more ideas on how connecting with others will jumpstart your career change, check out 107 Tips for Changing Your Career While Still Paying the Bills …

Find Your Inner Self? Nah – Create Yourself!

A few years ago when I was down in the dumps, feeling rather lost, frustrated, confused about where I was going and what to do – a received a lovely gift. It was a mug – but not just any old mug. It had some writing on it which said:

'Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about CREATING YOURSELF '.

Unfortunately it did not say who this delightful quote is from. If you happen to know – do add a comment …

I used to talk to friends and colleagues who may mention 'finding yourself' or your 'inner self' or how it's great to spend time to 'discover yourself'. People to go to meditation retreats, take gap years to find themselves, grow, learn and so on. This is all fine and dandy – but really once you've found 'yourself then what? Let's get on board here – let's make things happen! Spending time to get to know yourself, what you are like – what you enjoy, value, are good at and passionate about is all hugely valuable – do not get me wrong. It's a key emphasis on what we do here – however it forms only 1 part of the equation. In order to get where you want to be we need to take control. Create yourself! Decide what is important to you – how you want to live, and create that world! If you do not want to do it alone find someone to help you – a friend, a mentor, or professional advisor.

Nowadays – whenever I feel confused with life or work, when I'm unsure or unclear about myself – I look at this mug and remember that – I'm in charge. I'm in control. It's up to me to go out there and choose exactly how I want my life and career to be. The focus is not on this soul-searching, 'finding myself', 'discovering the inner me' – in order to move from A to B – it's about creating who I am and who I am going to be. Now it's your turn – go ahead – create yourself … …

Exactly What Education Do You Need to Become a Chef Today?

In today's economy, it is hard enough to get a job, but if you are looking for a job that most people find somehow romantic and intriguing, then it is even harder. It has never been more difficult than right now to get a job high up in the culinary world, so what education do you need to become a chef in today's economy?

You might think that you need a full four-year degree in order to become a chef, but that is not true. Although there are certainly some very good four-year programs in the culinary arts, they are not really the way into the kitchen. They are generally designed more for restaurant managers or owners, rather than creative and talented chefs.

If you want to cook for a living and want to know what education do you need to become a chef, then you should be looking at some of the online and in-person culinary academies. These programs allow people with nothing more than a high school diploma the opportunity to get an advanced education and training in the culinary arts. Generally speaking, graduates from these programs go straight to the head of the kitchen in almost any restaurant.

You can spend years working your way up the career ladder in order to get a good job as a chef, or you can spend just a few months in a program that is designed to quickly and affordably teach you the skills you need. You will find that most graduations from culinary academies can actually write their own ticket when it comes to their career, and are able to quickly set about making a good living. It is the best way for people with all levels of cooking skills to find a job that they truly love. …

The HR Profession

Why would anyone want a career in human resources (HR)? Many believe that HR professionals' major purpose is to deal with a lot of administrative work and deal with resolving employee conflicts – how boring and stressful. That may have been the sentiment five or ten years ago, may be partly true for some roles – but not all.

Some people, current HR professionals or others who witness the work of HR professional may still ask the question today. However, the majority of human resources professionals will tell you that, like any career, you have challenging responsibilities and you have the "necessary" responsibilities. The idea is to do the "necessary" responsibilities effectively and efficiently to allow focus and energy on those challenging projects and responsibilities.

I believe that the purpose of the Human Resources profession is to help companies achieve their objectives through the management of their most important assets, the people who work for them. This is implemented primarily through talent management (hiring, developing and retaining).

Because of this purpose, the field of Human Resources has been rated as one of the most rewarding and fastest growing professions in the United States. Recently MONEY Magazine and reviewed hundreds of jobs, considering their growth, pay, stress-levels and other factors, and Human Resources Manager was rated as number 20 of the top 50 jobs with a 13% 10-year growth rate.

While I was completing my graduate degree (MS, Human Resources Design) at Claremont Graduate University's School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, I wrote the following as part of an organizational development team paper. "… the profession has been tasked to take on greater roles and responsibilities within organizations as organizations are faced with constant change – change such as globalization of markets, off-shoring, constant changes in employment law and regulations, changing customer demands and increasing competition. To assist companies in their strategic goals, the need for well-educated, competent Human Resources professionals continues to grow. " I wrote this almost three years ago and the comments are even more pertinent given our current economic climate. Whether you are currently seeking your first position in the field or are looking for your next job, keep in mind that you bring a unique perspective to organizations, be proud and seize the opportunities – as they are many. Strive to be that unique business professional that brings the HR perspective to the table, aligning the business strategy with people implications. …

Selling Strategies Take Second Place to Feelings in Your Sales Career

Everyone who sells successfully understands the importance of being trained in the art of selling. Strategies, techniques, communication skills, organizational skills and, of course, passion are all vital. However, one area may very well occupy first place when it comes to determining long-term success job satisfaction and career survival. It is the area of ​​our feelings or emotions.

How you handle your thoughts and the resulting initial feelings could determine your success or failure in your selling career. This lesson applies in other areas of life as well.

Whether we like to admit it or not, our thoughts and feelings play a critical role in the selling process. When we experience negative thoughts we end up with negative feelings that will often be the catalyst to generating a multitude of problems.

When we feel good, we have energy and do or create positive outcomes, often very easily. On the other hand, when we feel bad, our energy levels plummet and we do unproductive things or we create negative situations and opportunities. Take a moment and realize that concept for a moment.

For example, there are many times during our selling day when things will go differently than the way we planned or hoped they would. I quit to describe it as 'go wrong'. Let's just say they 'go differently'. This type of event can get us off our planned course of action.

When these occurrences happen, we will experience a thought and then an initial feeling will develop in response to the occurrence. For most people this will tend to be a negative feeling (which is a really polite way of describing some level of anger) , that will drain their energy and extremely put them on a path of making poor choices or sometimes saying or doing that things that could cost them the sale.

I am not going to tell you that all you need to do is control your thinking and everything will be wonderful. I've been trying all my life to control my thoughts. When things occur in your life, thoughts will come to you. You can not control that. What you can do is replace them with empowering thoughts. I hope that makes sense to you.

I am not going to advise you to control your initial feelings either. Feelings pass away as new feelings are created to replace them. You can change your feelings by changing what you choose to think about. This means there is no need to fight your feelings. Fighting them will just drain your energy and take focus away from what needs to be done. So what can be done?

Simply, you need to control your actions immediately after the negative feeling takes place. It's not that hard to do once you become fully aware of how to accomplish it.

When you experience a negative feeling, you have two basic choices. You can be responsive or you can choose to be proactive. Being reactive simply means responding to an external …

Career Networking Does Not Produce Instant Results

Are you expecting instant results from your networking? If so, you may be disappointed. Networking is not a one time activity. The most successful networkers are consistent and network for life.

As a business and career coach I ask my clients about their networking plan. Some clients tell me they tried networking once and it did not work. I spend a good portion of each day talking with people. I talk to all kinds of people including corporate professionals, small business owners, strategic partners and other regular people. It is very rare for these discussions to immediately produce sales or new clients.

What does happen is that I develop on going relationships with people. I look for ways I can add value to their career and personal life. I follow up after the initial contact with an interesting article, a referral or note just to say hello.

There are times when I meet a person several times before I even talk about my career. It is not unusual for me to get a call from someone I met 6 or 12 months earlier with a coaching referral or public speaking request. Everyone knows other people. You never know when one of your contacts will connect you to the perfect job opportunity, strategic partnership or new client.

If you are looking for networking to drive huge changes over night, it is time to reset your expectations. Slow and steady is the way to develop and nurture networking relationships which are mutually beneficial to both parties. …

Dumped Into Adulthood, What Now?

Image Grads: Are you better off than you were 4 years ago? Unfortunately for many, the answer is a resounding "no." Hordes of college grads have not acquired any skills that will enable them to get a decent job. And if that were not bad enough, they're saddled with a mountain of debt that will be an albatross around their neck for decades to come.

With no prospects for the future, is it any wonder that so many college grads feel lost. This is not the way it was supposed to be. Higher education was supposedly to be the best investment one could make to guarantee a solid future. Any wonder that they feel cheated?

What now? Dumped into adulthood, with no job prospects, many decide to double down on their education. Go to grad school. Get an advanced degree. But will more education pay off? Or will it simply dig a defect debt hole? No guarantee. Even many with graduate degrees are unemployed or underemployed.

The importance and value of a college education has been sacrosanct for many years. But things change. Remember when owning a home was the guaranteed path to building financial security? Paying rent was supposed to be throwing money down the drain. Then came the housing bubble. And we all know how that turned out for scores of homeowners.

Might it now be time to open question question the value of a college education? With the walloping non-stop increase in tuition costs, it sure seems like we've entered an education bubble that will leave many in mega debt with no prospect for even an ho-hum career. Latest reports indicate that 53% of recent college grads are either unemployed or working at a job that does not require a college degree. There are more than 100,000 janitors in the US with college degrees and 16,000 parking lot attendants.

Many families would do well to consider other types of post-secondary education for their kids. Perhaps learning a marketable trade is the way to go. There will always be a need for auto mechanics, electricians, carpenters, beauticians, make-up artists, and workers with other hands-on skills. These jobs will not disappear and can not be shipped overseas. Or, one might consider investing in a small business or franchise. Become an entrepreneur. Pursue your culinary skills. Follow your artistic dreams. Or, attend college not as a four year vacation with beer parties, drug parties, hooking up and easy courses as the main attraction. But pursue your degree with the primary goal of learning marketable skills.

But what about the idea of ​​education for education's sake? Is not that what college is supposedly to be about – making you smarter, more savvy, more cosmopolitan? Ideally, yes. However, in today's world, anyone who wants to become smarter and savvier does not need to attend college. The Internet can provide you with an amazing low cost or free education.

Several companies, including Coursera and Khan Academy, offer lectures taught by world-class professors. You …

Climbing the Career Ladder Takes Savvy

In today’s highly competitive marketplace, with companies continually assessing ways to reduce their costs, advancing your career is going to take planning and savvy.

Here are some tips you should consider:

Does Your Company Give You Room To Grow?

This is actually something you might want to consider prior to accepting any position. Consider the size of the company.

Bigger companies offer more opportunities.

And, most companies worth their salt will hire qualified employees from within.

Be the Best Employee You Can Be

Being the best employee you can be begins with paying attention to some of the basics…

o Punctuality

o Always dress for success… even on “casual” day

o Willingness to take on additional responsibility

o Willingness to work as a team and help out your co-workers when needed

o Going the extra mile, working the extra time, and going beyond what’s expected of you

o Volunteering to work on committees and extra projects.

Broaden Your Horizons

Consider your weaknesses – we all have them. Then, consider what you’ll need to do to turn your weakness into strengths.

For instance, many people in middle-management find themselves having to do presentations, either to groups of employees or to visitors. And, perhaps you feel uncomfortable speaking in front of groups of people.

That’s a relatively easy fix. Join your local Toastmasters. It’s inexpensive, and the group helps you to overcome your fears.

Continue your schooling. Additional training in your particular field is highly beneficial. As is, training to improve your leadership and supervisory skills.

Even if the courses you are taking don’t seem relevant to your position – it’s all good. Employers like employees who are continually working to improve themselves.

Whether it’s coaching your son’s little league team, or organizing a 5K benefit run for a charitable cause, consider volunteering to gain additional experience in leadership and organization.

Applying For the Right Position

Chances are you have your dream position in mind. Keep your eye on that position, and don’t be tempted to apply for a position just because it pays a little more.

However, if making a lateral move from one department to another gets you a step closer to that position, then go for it.…

Is it Time for a Career Change?

Are you finding yourself smack-dab in the middle of a corporate downsizing ? Are you fed up with your current job and just want to try something different? Or have you simply decided to get involved in an industry that really excites you?

Whatever the case, there is a tool you've got to use to be successful in your transition. It's called a Career Change Resume . This is a little understood but very powerful tool in the job search arena. Done correctly the Career Change Resume opens doors and gets you in at a higher level (meaning higher pay) than a regular resume.

The trick is convincing employees to give you a shot at the new job and not start you out on the bottom rung! The secret is being able to show the employer that even though you are new to the industry, you have valuable skills and abilities that will benefit him and his business.

The biggest mistake I see people make is using the same old resumes in applying for new jobs.Those Resumes will not work! The next big mistake is to write a resume that makes them appear to be completely new to the work-place , a resume that does not even show one ounce of applicable, valuable skill. That type of resume simply screams entry level pay-scale .

Here is a drill, take a good hard look at what skills and abilities you already possess. Are these skills and abilities valuable to a new employer, even in a new field? You probably have tons of applicable experience, and schooling that will translate to the new career. Do the drill, you will surprise yourself! You are a valuable person.

Now write the resume in a format that will really show off these skills and abilities and show the employer that you will be an extremely valuable member of his staff. A key to doing this well is to show how your experience at job A will translate smoothly over to job B. Be precise and clear.
Know what you are talking about.

Your Objective should clearly state what you bring to the table as an employee and give the employer a spelling reason to call you for an interview. And the body or your resume should back up your objective, Selling your transferable Skills and Abilities .

You should also send a cover letter that stresses how excited you are about the new field and focus on experience, training etc. that translates to the new field. Show your motivation and enthusiasm and sell yourself as an ideal candidate.

In this particular situation I recommend you use a resume writing professional. The reason is that you can easily lose thousands of dollars in salary with an improperly written resume yet, you can hire an incredibly skilled and talented Resume writer for only a couple of hundred dollars, does not it make sense?

Good luck in your New career! …

Getting Acting Jobs Online

Unemployment is an issue that would worry anyone without a source of income. People seek employment the moment they learn of vacancies they are qualified for. They search for the vacancies in many ways, among them being employment agencies and online searches. This goes for most careers including acting. If you aspire to be an actor, you can employ the services of an agent to assist you, and you can also submit applications online.

When you begin a search for an acting job, you ought to have masterly of acting skills, which you can acquire through acting school. The school will also have prepared you to act professionally in different roles and diverse set-ups. In spite of this rigorous training, the key factor that will get you an acting job will be talent. Your acting talent will be what acting school will have nurtured and enhanced with professional skills. It is the raw material of an acting career.

If you opt to use agencies to get you auditions, supply them with your acting repertoire. This is a portfolio with video recordings of your best acting scenes. Include any audio recordings and voice-overs, your resume and recent photographs. The photos are essential because casting directors look at your features and body shape to determine if you are suitable for a role when they are considering your application.

Before you use an agency, though, establish its legitimacy. Ensure that you examine the reviews of clients concerning its efficiency in developing their careers. Also interview several agents to gauge their competence. You can also engage agencies through referrals by family and friends. This step is crucial in ensuring that you get a credible agency that is not likely to defraud you.

Most of the job opportunities you get are offered on either full-time or part-time basis. For first-timers and part-time actors, it is advisable that you do not entirely depend on the unreliable income you may receive through your agency. Maintain the stability of your financial standing by retaining your regular alternative job, until you are certain that your acting income is adequate for your lifestyle.

Once there are openings for roles suitable for you, your agency will verify if the jobs are genuine. They will then submit applications on your behalf. When you qualify for casting, they will organize your appointments and help you to prepare for the casting. Once a producer recognizes that you have great talent in acting, you may be surprised at the countless acting roles that will be assigned to you!…