How to Make a Job Search Plan

Job Search Plan
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Job Hunting Tips : How to Make a Job Search Plan

Job Search Plan! You’ve got to have a plan to find a job.  Here are tips for beginning your job search with a plan in this video clip from professional job consultant, Tine Buechler.


If you need support in your job search, please get in touch.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

Exploiting existing opportunities

Exploiting existing opportunities

Career Development – Making the most of existing opportunities

Exploiting existing opportunities helps you to develop your career here and now.

You can find out what is available in your organisation by

  • Speaking to someone in HR or training,
  • Your line manager or a union representative.
  • Networking with your colleagues, friends and other contacts

Exploiting existing opportunities to develop skills at work

Opportunities may exist for developing your skills and experience, for example:

  • Project work such as developing a website, running a campaign or organising an event could help you gain experience in a different area, develop new skills or take on more responsibility, while enhancing your CV.
  • Secondments involve working in a partner organisation for a limited period while your existing job role is held open, being covered by other staff. You are usually expected to provide a detailed report of your experience. Secondments aim to benefit your original organisation, while giving you an insight into how others operate and allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge.

Appraisals and career development programmes

Appraisal schemes and career development programmes benefit you and your employer because they provide an opportunity to

  • review your progress to date, including your achievements and ongoing challenges
  • offer constructive feedback on your performance
  • agree performance objectives for the following year
  • discuss your aspirations and identify how they might align with the objectives of your organisation
  • look at future potential and promotion
  • identify gaps in skills and training needs
  • discuss your personal development plan or career plan.

Appraisals are often part of the career development programmes employers use to ensure that their staff are appropriately equipped to perform their job role. They also provide an opportunity to consider relevant professional development.

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Working with a career coach really can help you develop your career. Why not take advantage of my offer of a free half hour coaching session to find out how I can help

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

Difficult people – stay neutral!

Difficult people – stay neutral!

Difficult people! We all meet difficult people at work and in our private lives. Dealing with difficult people is a subject that seems to generate more interest than anything else, here and at my other blog, WiseWolf’s Your Happiness Factor. So I’m making no apologies for writing about this again.

Difficult people can do more than make us unhappy.  As if that isn’t bad enough, difficult people can be bad for your health.  If you let them stress you out, that can lead to physical and the psychological problems.

If we meet difficult people in the workplace and they are work colleagues, the stress is on-going.  Even if you are the manager of a difficult person, it can take a toll.  And, if the “difficult person” is your boss, the stress can be almost intolerable. I’m not talking here about a bullying boss; just someone who is difficult to work with.

This video discusses how it is important to stay calm, stay in a neutral space and stay assertive. Try not to let them engage your emotions – you can use visualization to help do this. Accept that all you can control is how you react.

And, yes, it often helps to work with a coach.

This video from http://www.howdini.com/howdini-video-… Mary Bolster, editor of Natural Health Magazine, has some excellent reminders to help you deal with the difficult people in your life.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

Something to make you think – a leader is….

Something to make you think – a leader is….

Desmond Tutu, Jack Welch, John Chambers on leadership

A leader is…

  • A servant?
  • A collaborator?
  • A team worker?
  • Someone who grows people

What do you think?

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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Job Search Basics – How A Google Search Can Help

Job Search Basics – How A Google Search Can Help

One of the best ways to find jobs online is to conduct a local job search using Google. You can find all sorts of jobs including data entry jobs, typist jobs, government jobs and online computer jobs (these are some of the most commonly searched job vacancies using a search engine like Google).

But many online job searches end up with too many search results to browse through. One of the most efficient ways to find a job online without visiting many online job sites is to narrow down your online jobs search using a search engine.

This video demonstrates a simple, but very effective, way of doing just that.

If you want to find out more ways to save time and effort in carrying out your Job Search activities, just visit http://www.GetMeOffTheDole.com, and you will find a wealth of other valuable information. Once there, don’t forget to try out the dedicated Job Search Engine.

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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Thoughts for managers – learning from difficult people!

Thoughts for managers – learning from difficult people!

Counselor and trainer Susan Fee shares three lessons difficult people can teach us.

As managers, we need to think about what we can learn from those we manage.  But we still have to be very practical and make sure that we reconcile caring for the needs of the team, and meeting their needs, with meeting the aims of the organization.  That reconciliation is at the heart of what we do as managers.

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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How NASA Builds Teams – LinkedIn Group

English: The NASA insignia. Español: Insignia ...

 

How NASA Builds Teams

 

Do you belong to LinkedIn?  If so. this is a great group to join if you are interested in team leadership.  If you don’t belong to LI, this is one more great reason to join.

Members of this group share a common interest in making teams more productive, leaders more effective, workplaces more engaging and work more meaningful.

Dr Charles Pellerin,  world-wide Team Builder and Hubble Team Leader is leader of the group.

“How NASA Builds Teams” by Dr. Pellerin (Wiley, 2009) explains the ‘human physics’ for developing high performance teams based on experience of working with hundreds of teams at NASA and other technology organizations.

If you have a passion to develop yourself as a more effective leader and raise the performance of your team to industry-best levels, you can’t do better than join this group.

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

 

 

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Just Promoted? Here’s what you need to know.

Just Promoted? Here’s what you need to know.

Advice from Wally Bock

Wally Bock writes about leadership and management based on many years of hard won experience.  He also a ghostwriter and coaches writers and produces information products.  This is not a new post but I think it is a very valuable one. You can follow him on Twitter as @Wally Bock  and here is the link to his blog http://blog.threestarleadership.com

A great cloud of jargon, debate, and junk theory surrounds the idea of leadership, what it is, who does it, and how to do it well. But if you have just been promoted, and you’re responsible for a group for the first time, there are only a few things you really need to know about leadership.

When you get promoted and become responsible for the performance of a group you become a leader. But you don’t undergo some magical change. In fact, it will probably take you over a year to completely adjust to your new role.

You’re a leader because the people in your group treat you like one. The only choice you have is what kind of leadership job you’ll do.

When you become a leader your power actually goes down. As an individual contributor, you just have to decide to work harder, longer or smarter to improve performance. When you’re responsible for the performance of a group, the group is your destiny. They choose whether to act or not.

When you become a leader, your influence goes up. The people who work for you pay attention to what you say and do. They adjust their behavior accordingly.

The result is that you use your behavior (what you say and do) to influence the behavior of the people who work for you to achieve a defined objective.

Achieving the objective is part of your job as a leader. But it’s only part.

The other part is caring for your people. It may be possible to achieve good short term results without caring for your people. But you can’t achieve long term success for you or your company without the willing cooperation of the best people you can find.

Boss’s Bottom Line

At the end of the day, you will know if you’ve done a good job as a leader if you can answer “Yes” to the following two questions.

Did we accomplish the mission?

Are the members of my group better off today than yesterday?

You can find this post and other wise advice for Wally at  http://blog.threestarleadership.com/2010/03/23/just-promoted-heres-what-you-need-to-know.aspx

Career Development – Always Be Open To Serendipity

Career Development – Always Be Open To Serendipity

Serendipity – the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.

I come from a generation that was taught to make career plans looking 5, 10 and 20 years ahead. We could always tell you what our next move was going to be and when we were going to make it. Now, of course, things have changed. There isn’t an economic forecaster in the world who can predict what the economy, and the world of work, is going to be like in 10 years’ time. Even looking 5 years ahead, has lots of risks around it. But, we all make some assumptions about the future in choosing a profession or investing in a new business.

Looking back though, for me and my colleagues, life was never as we had forecast. Things happened that we didn’t expect. New opportunities arose – one former colleague was offered a year’s secondment from London to Tuvalu (a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia). It changed her life forever. Another spent six months in Greece working for the UN in his forties. He changed so much his wife didn’t recognize him when she came to visit – he looked years younger. Others found themselves falling in love or having children they hadn’t expected. For others, a change was far less fortunate. But some were very lucky indeed and reached the top in their chosen field by virtue of a number of quite lucky breaks – I don’t mean they had not prepared well.

So what did I learn? Well, it does help to have a vision of the kind of life you want to lead and to know the kind of work you want to do and what you are good at. It helps, too, if you work at what you are good at, get better at doing it and show your enthusiasm. But, what matters most is to be open to possibilities and to be prepared to listen to your own heart and intuition.

I had always written poetry and articles but never anything longer than about 3,000 words, except for formal written reports at work. Then, out of the blue, about eight months ago, I had a dream. Yes, a real dream while I was asleep. And out of that dream came the idea and inspiration for a novel.  I could have just dismissed the idea, of course, because it didn’t fit in with my plans at that time. I didn’t; I went with the flow.

This week saw the publication of my first novel, The Wolf Project. I don’t know how successful it will be – as an author you live in hope. I can tell you how much I enjoyed writing it and how proud I am to have my name on the cover. It is a gift I never expected– an example of serendipity at play – I discovered I could write a novel.

You never know what surprises, and what opportunities, life has in store for you. So keep an open mind. Be prepared to be flexible and open to the possibilities. Who knows, serendipity may fly in your direction any day now, just as she did in mine. You may end up being just as grateful.

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

Tuesday Quotes:Management:Encourage Your Staff

Tuesday Quotes:Management:Encourage Your Staff

I’ve always thrived on the encouragement of others. Patti Smith

Nine tenths of education is encouragement. Anatole France

Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment. Bill Walsh

Many know how to flatter, few know how to praise. Wendell Phillips

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal. Robert Collier

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise. W. Somerset Maugham

There are two things people want more than sex and money… recognition and praise. Mary Kay Ash

It is more difficult to praise rightly than to blame. Thomas Fuller

If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down. Mary Pickford

Praise is warming and desirable. But it is an earned thing. It has to be deserved, like a hug from a child. Phyllis McGinley

Management is nothing more than motivating other people. Lee Iacocca

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com