Professionally, I enjoy connecting great companies to qualified talent. As a career confidence coach, it’s rewarding when noteworthy talent seeks my assistance to assist in preparing them to be career confident beyond the interview but in the workplace as well. The ability to demonstrate career confidence is a focus that professionals sometimes identify as the core reason for them not to pursue their next career move. During my career confidence coaching sessions that include mock interviews, I aim to address my client’s interview and career concerns and celebrate their excitement for the opportunity to interview and advance in their choice career industry. It is ok to use career coaches, guides, mentors, and books to prepare and be career confident ready for your next career transition.
During my career coaching sessions, I learn many things about my clients and the emotions and outcomes that formulate their perspective of their career journey. Family legacy, spoken and unspoken self-imposed expectations of what career success means, education (not enough or more than enough) or timing. For others, it’s a realization of what one wants to do with their career or owning that they no longer find their career rewarding or a good fit financially and or as a daily experience. The need to determine their next move while not falling short of their personal responsibilities and obligations has been a topic of conversation during my career confidence coaching sessions.
I consider it an honor that I confidentially work with them to develop a career success strategy that can help boost their career confidence actions and thoughts. Also, helping to subside their interview questions concerns and gain clarity to being prepared to respond without being reluctant to answer because they’re not sure of an appropriate answer to share during an interview. I enjoy being a sleuth of their perspective to uncover a comfortable and natural way for my clients to answer interview questions and share their professional elevator speech and professional outcomes confidently.
I recently decided to merge my love of infographics with a few of my career confidence boosters and have some fun creating downloadable career confidence guides. They can be on display on your fridge, desk or in a portfolio that you can review at a moments notice. They’re informative in an easy to read format that is an educational share that is easy to retain by all learning styles. The career guide addresses four different topics:
Daily Cycle of Building Career Confidence. A guide to developing and maintaining career confidence on a daily and ongoing basis.
Social Media Blueprint Guide. A suggestive guide on how social media profiles can represent you at your personal best. This guide will help you promote professional and polished social media profiles.
Professional Networking Checklist. Sharing ten successful and easy to implement professional networking tips that will help professionals connect with other professionals in diverse business and community settings.
Career Confidence Analysis Guide. In order to be confident in your career path and moves. It is important to complete a career analysis to determine your strengths, areas of opportunities, next moves for advancement and what you need to do to prepare for the unexpected moments in your career. Before completing this career analysis, meditate on the four categories.
Being career confident ready is a choice that should be a never-ending focus. Being career confident ready exceeds being current and relevant in your skills. It includes portraying a polished professional image, evolving as a subject matter expert and being mindful of how your conversations and social media posts can positively and negatively impact your career. Investing time into being a strong contributor to your industry and having a mindset of success; your confidence in your abilities and the upward mobile path of your career will continue to flourish.
What are a few career confident action moves that you make to be ready for your next career change or promotion?
I love success triggers. I surround myself with success triggers in my personal and professional environments. They keep me motivated, focused, and determined to accomplish my career goals. Incorporating the usage of success triggers into my everyday routine assists in attracting my aspirations to me like a magnet along with hard work and an appreciation of supporting resources. Success triggers is also a great way to help build and maintain your career confidence. I am happy to share five of my favorite success triggers for you to consider.
1. Create Excitement for Your Goals. It’s fun to send congratulatory notes in the mail on accomplishing short-term and long-term plans and goals prior to them happening. This action indicates that you’re confident in your abilities to achieve your tasks. The verbiage on the notes should read as if it’s already your reality. For verbiage example, “Paul, Congrats on accomplishing your sales metric goals for Q2.” The image example, a picture of Paul holding a check or reward won for fulfilling his metric goals. My favorite tool to use to create notes of success is Postagram. The postcard attractively stands out amongst the mail when it arrives. It ignites a smile and feeling of success. After the excitement of the postcard arriving. I encourage you to showcase the card of inspiration in a place that can be viewed frequently.
2. Affirm Your Goals. I am a firm believer that our spoken words frame and create our daily experiences. I created the iPhone app, Career and Success Affirmations as a motivational yet directive resource for professionals. There is a daily reminder as well to prompt the reading and saying the affirmation to help affirm your career plans as a part of your daily routine.
3. Journaling. Writing down your goals is a success trigger task to aim to complete daily. You can often journal in the notes app of your phone or you in a journal that travels well in a purse or business bag. It’s suggested to journal in present tense as if your journal notes is already your reality. I encourage you not to forget to write at least five things you’re grateful that your day brought your way at the end of each day. It’s also neat to take time to review previous journal entries over time. It’s nice to reflect and realize your growth in your focused thoughts, accomplishments, and expansion of your career outcomes vision.
4. Create A Vision Board. My vision board is one of my favorite collage of pictures to look at daily. It’s a creative reminder that I continue to add pictures to continually. The beauty of a vision board is that it provides reference points. Reference points of what is important to you. Provoke thoughts of what you need to do to develop your vision. Does your vision board spark you to see yourself experiencing more for your career? Do you need to redirect your focus for your career to live out the dreams that you have vividly displayed on your vision board?
5. Networking. The professionals that you associate and interact with on an ongoing basis matters and indicates your net worth. Your network also reflects the caliber of excellence that you associate with professionally. Learn to connect with professionals outside of your networking comfort zone too. If you’re not sure where to start, consider attending an event that your local Chamber of Commerce is hosting or connect with a business networking and referral group like BNI.
What are a few success triggers that you have found to be an asset to the success of your career?
I’m excited for my blog, Career Tipper to reach its first blogiversary in 2015. I’m grateful for the many lessons of stretch that launching Career Tipper blog has bestowed upon me. I did not know where my blogging journey would lead me after penning my first blog post. What I knew for sure is that I wanted to help professionals increase their career confidence to pursue their professional goals and experiences that they desired. I’m humbled and grateful for the outcomes bestowed to me over the past year by becoming a blogger. I have celebrated for and with professionals that my blog has impacted through change of their career perspective, increased career confidence or clarity of what the next facet of their career is for them.
For me, Career Tipper blog has served as a creative platform that has reconnected me to my creative side through writing and product creation. The products I’ve created and blog posts that I have written are for my followers and clients from my heart. Promoting the importance of career confidence is an awareness that professionals need to be cognitive of understanding the why behind the impactful career decisions for themselves. Lack of experience, education, or resources are not always the career tipping factors that sometimes keeps us from being our professional best. The factor that can detour us from connecting to the subject matter expert, leader, influencer, or contributor of value that you were created and developed to be is often fastened to career confidence. On this blogiversary, I am grateful for the confirmation that I am on the correct path to expanding my footprint of helping people be the productive and prosperous professionals that they envision themselves being. Below are five lessons that blogging has taught me over the past year.
1. Be consistent. Cultivating my vision of my blog through action requires consistency. In the infancy stage, it is all a continual test of the best way that effectively deliver my message of career confidence. The logistical process of organization will streamline itself through consistency over time.
2. Content accountability. The importance of accountability to my followers, supporters, partners, and myself. I am committed to producing quality content that provides career motivation and professional insight. The level of content accountability is confirmed through comments, emails, text messages and phone calls that I receive after each blog post. They would share if the post provoked career confidence to be generated in a more efficient way for them in a new or refined manner.
3. Enjoy the journey. Blogging has led me to a path of dream fulfillment. My professional and personal goals of furthering my legacy of helping people eliminate perceived setbacks and move forward, dream and be proud and at peace with their career achievements is a cherished reality through blogging.
4. Promote others. It is critical to promote, encourage, and celebrate others, especially in the same industry. My efforts in doing this have demonstrated my confidence in the words of Stacia Pierce, “The world is in a conspiracy to help me accomplish my goals.” There are wins for each of us. There’s no need for shrinking back and being reluctant to show up and invest your time and support in other professionals and peers that are pursuing their dreams as well.
5. Comparison perspective. I find a great value in the anonymous quote, “Don’t compare your chapter one to someone else’s chapter twenty.” My blogging journey is exclusively mine, there’s no need to compare. Each observation is only to educate me and or motivate me to a higher level of greatness and extend a kudos of appreciation for the lesson learned along the way for the vision stretch.
I’m also grateful for my blog partners in assisting me to manifesting the vision for Career Tipper blog and for some inviting me assist them in advocating their vision through honoring the importance of career confidence through me. I am thankful.