Since the blog is really just getting started, I think it’s important early on to let those of you who are going through a transition in your career (and those who have in the past) know that I understand what you’re going through.
The year was 1987, and I was alone at a career crossroads. I couldn’t find a job. Any and all leads from past co-workers were DOA. I felt helpless and hopeless.
In short, I was road kill.
I know what it feels like to go through this painful process. But I also know how to come out of it successfully – and that usually starts with finding the right expert that can coach you through occupational road hazards and hand you a map.
For me, that person was a professional expert who specialized in career processes. Now, this is not just me plugging my own business! Simply put, career coaching had a major influence on me breaking through to success. It was a critical step in my story (and obviously led to my own life’s work!).
I thought all that I needed was a solid resume, help with how to make a good interview impression, and having a few good friends who could vouch for me in a pinch. But this expert showed me that if I wanted a career instead of a “job,” I would need quite a different career discovery and networking approach that I hadn’t learned or obtained on my own. Sure enough, the things he taught me opened up doors in the human resources field that I never even knew existed.
I learned a set of skills that even today are not taught in college classes. I learned how to find a clear career target as well as the secrets of the trade. I applied my new knowledge with what I had learned through years of working with other career experts. And I landed my career in the field of human resources. The perfect fit!
So the point is this: I’ve been there – and I can’t stress enough finding someone to help guide you through this process, be it me, a mentor in your profession, or even one of my competitors! What’s most important is that you reach out. You’ll be glad you did.