I know what it is like. A course or training program has caught your eye, but your bank balance is convinced it is not an option. You might be tempted to reach for your credit card, but what if I told you that you didn't have to rack up credit card debt in order to fund your study goals? Committing to your own professional development is a positive move, but as a woman in her early thirties who is still paying off debt from mistakes in my twenties, I am no advocate for the quick fix. Put your credit card back in your wallet and check out these ideas.
Improving Your Current Career
What is your why? This is a question that is kicking around a lot on the internet at the moment. I am seeing loads of small business owners and entrepreneurs talking about this topic in the sense of getting clear about why they started and continued to work in their own businesses. I think it is wonderful that this question is so in vogue and that people are reaching within to think about their core purpose when it comes to business ownership, as it is a question I like to explore with my coaching clients. That's right - you don't need to own a business to have a "why"!
Throughout my career, I have done a lot of work with individuals and companies about defining their purpose. You might be thinking that sounds strange, after all, most business' purpose would be to make money. Right? Well, actually that is not so. This question and its answers actually run a lot deeper than that and to illustrate this, I am going deeper too. In this post, not only will I talk about how to discover your purpose, but I am providing some insight into mine - both for me personally and for Pop Your Career!
Whenever you meet someone for the first time, you know this is inevitable. Within the first few minutes of your conversation, someone will ask "what do you do for work?" When this happens to me, of course I explain that I am a Career Coach and a lot of the time this is met with confused faces and one of these follow-up questions: "What is a Career Coach?" or "Why should I hire a Career Coach?"
Recently I have taken a little bit of a break from my business and by taking a step back I actually opened up my mind to a new flow of ideas. One thing that occurred to me is that maybe YOU have been asking yourself these questions about career coaching too! That's when I decided to write this post and provide you with 6 great reasons that you should consider working with a Career Coach.
If you're anything like me, you know that there is always room to improve. Always! Even if you have already found your dream job or career, there are steps you can take to move forward - remember, if things stay the same for too long, you'll become stagnant!
Here is a list of 33 things that you can do today to improve your career. You can start at the beginning of this list and move through the items in order or pick one or two that take your fancy and start with those. The main thing is that you don't spend too much time thinking about it. Start making a change for the better today!
Annual performance reviews can be intimidating and not many people look forward to them. I think this is a shame. An annual performance review should be a development opportunity. It is a chance for you to reflect on your performance over the past 12 months. It is an opportunity for you to think about what you want to achieve in the future and garner the support of your employer. Your annual performance review should be a positive process, but just like anything, you will only reap the rewards if you put in the effort. Here are my tips for making the most of your annual performance review.
So, you've heard about testimonials but want to know what the big deal is? Securing testimonials is such a good way to build credibility and when used effectively they can even support you in your mission to snap up your perfect job. Still not sure? Let me break it down for you and answer all of your questions.
I know what it is like. You have a job you love with a company that really takes care of you. Your friend wants a job with a company that really takes care of him. Your employer is recruiting and they may even have an attractive employee referral program. It seems like a match made in heaven. But before you call yourself “Cupid” and reach for your bow and arrow, you should think long and hard about whether this is the right decision for you. If you are thinking about submitting your mate’s details for a job with your employer, keep this advice in mind.
I have been talking a lot lately about building your personal brand and in this post I am focusing on going digital and creating your personal website. A personal website or online portfolio is fabulous for getting noticed, building connections and tapping into a new network of opportunities. It is a great way to build your profile, even when you haven't yet had the opportunity to meet your potential employer for an interview.
By creating an online presence you can actively promote yourself to a wider audience and can tailor your content to specifically suit the types of businesses that you are trying to get the attention of. Here are just a couple of things you should consider when you are creating your personal website:
Networking events can such be a great way to develop contacts and strong working relationships with influencers in your industry. The hidden job market is becoming even more prominent and according to Youth Central Victoria, 75-80% of job vacancies are not even being advertised. It is not always what you know, but instead can be about who you know!
Perhaps you think networking events just aren’t your thing (hello fellow introverts!) or maybe you aren’t sure how to get started – it can be pretty strange if you are entering this unchartered territory for the first time. Here are 5 networking tips that (hopefully) won’t make you cringe.
Are you planning to ask for a pay rise, but you're just not sure how to go about it? This is a question that I get asked quite often and I completely understand! Asking your boss for an increase in pay can be totally daunting. But sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and ask the question. That leaves you with one key dilemma… How do you ask for a pay rise and get a resounding “yes” as the response?
Well, I’ve got the goods my friends and I am willing to share. There are a few things you to need to think about when asking for a raise – here are my top tips!