By: Emily Bihm
It’s not uncommon to find yourself in a job you never thought you’d be in that long, or a job you took for the money but find you are miserable. Most of us know what we are passionate about and what we are good at, but we don’t know how to make a career out of it. The hard part is finding the right fit for ourselves and having a solid game plan while job hunting. Luckily we have these 8 awesome tips from career coach Vicki Aubin to help guide us in finding our career. The following is Aubin’s 8 Step Manifesto for jump starting your career.
1. You become what you give your energy and attention to: This basically means that you cannot just hope for success in your career search; you must have the right attitude and take action. It is your life and your rules. Take charge of what you want to do and go after it.
2. You are always in control: You are in charge of what happens in your life, not the circumstances. Figure out what drives you and what skills you have. Focus on this and never give up.
3. Define what you want vs. taking what you get: Instead of being a victim, know who you are and where you want to be. Ask for help and never stop asking questions. You never know until you try.
4. Always invest in you: Set aside funds to buy a new laptop, professional clothes, or attain new certifications. By spending a little extra money on these things you can prepare yourself in every way possible for whatever new opportunities may arise.
5. Have an entourage: You are as successful as the people you surround yourself with. Find people who will support you in your goals and encourage you to always do your best.
6. Everyone is a connector, not just a connection: Every new opportunity you face may lead you to being one step closer to your goals. Create a profile on LinkedIn and/or attending networking events. The new person you make a connection with could very well be your next boss.
7. Double the amount of people who can say YES to you: Find new ways to put yourself in front of people. Figure out your skill set and market it to potential employers. By making yourself more accessible, more employers will have a chance to say yes to you.
8. Set up systems to keep you on track: Searching and applying for jobs can be overwhelming and job in and of itself. Create a spread sheet which lists all the companies you have applied with and dates that you submitted applications. Mark days on your calendar in which you should call hiring managers back. By staying organized you will boost your chances of getting hired.
I recently spoke to Aubin about her 8 step plan and discovered which steps are the hardest but also the most important to work on. Aubin says that “Change is the only constant in life,” therefore step 2 is one of the most easily forgotten and hardest steps for most people. We often forget that we have to be flexible in all areas of life, especially our careers. If we are passed up for a promotion we worked hard for or are not called in for an interview, we often stray from our path because we are not progressing the way we hoped we would. Instead of falling behind when this happens, it is important to remember that not everything is going to go as planned. “In other words, be flexible about the way your own career journey unfolds and how you navigate it…if you can do THAT, you create a HUGE opening that instantly WIDENS the roads and possibilities in front of you. It’s YOUR career after all; how you get there is your own choice/business!”
As far as which step is most important, Aubin feels that step 1 is the foundation for the entire manifesto. “All goals are driven by your mindset.” If this is true then our attitude is the only thing standing in the way of reaching our goals. “Your attitude (built from your beliefs/feelings) is what drives you to action or INaction. In other words, if you don’t believe you can do something (or keep telling yourself you can’t/questioning it in your head), then guess what?! You’ll either take NO action towards your juiciest career goals, or you’ll end up taking half-baked efforts towards them.”
If you want employers to take you seriously as a candidate then you must take yourself seriously as an applicant. “Act with integrity and credibility and become and ASSUME the image of who you want to be, starting right now at this very moment in the who, what, when, where, why and how of everything you do related to your career endeavors., i.e. your behavior, communications, physical presence, where you go to network, information you read or watch related to your target industry, etc.” By assuming the role of the ideal candidate and having a positive attitude about your endeavor you will find more people saying yes to you.
Aubin also emphasized how important it is to network both online and offline, and to approach your job search in a multi-dimensional way. “You want to get your essence in front of people.” This means you have to attend networking events as well as searching for jobs online.
Since Aubin is an experienced recruiter I also asked her to share what the most important tips she has for writing a resume. She says that she looks for a candidate who has the most relevant content. This means having the experience that matches the job description as well as using keywords which showcase this. Candidates should also word their experience in a way that shows the impact of what you did and its results rather than just the job function performed. Finally having proper spelling and grammar is huge. By paying attention to detail you make a stronger first impression which is key when recruiters read oodles of resumes every day. You only get one shot to make a good first impression so make it count!
I know I have found Aubin’s 8 steps extremely helpful in my own personal career goals, and I hope all of you will too!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vicki Aubin- The Rockin’ Career Coach is a career consultant, mentor, speaker and author based in New York City. A dose of ‘Personal PR for Your Inner Rockstar’, she helps passion-driven professionals who are suffering in a cubicleto unleash their inner rockstar, market their juiciest talents, and fast-track their escape to a kick-ass career that makes them come alive. With a career that has spanned over 10 years in Human Resources and Recruiting, Vicki is a former cubicle escapee and successful career transitioner herself, a previous SheNOW teleclass and tweetchat host and blogger, and the author of a LinkedIn how-to guide for jobseekers.