Step 1: Define Your Ideal Life & Career
As I said, you can’t move forward to accomplish what you really want without clearly defining what would make you happy. During our time together, we will lay the foundation for what your ideal life and career look like. This doesn’t just mean being captain of a ship off the coast of Kauai and sailing away into the sunset, escaping all reality (though that would be nice).
This step is a higher level and includes an in depth interview into what type of schedule you want to keep, what truly lights you up in life, what type of people you want to work with and even what type of work most inspires you.
You will finish this work feeling clear about what is negotiable for you and what is not in a variety of areas of your life and career.
Step 2: Connecting the Dots Between Your Interests
Every job that peaks your interest tells us something. We will go back through the jobs, volunteer organizations, etc that have interested you in the past. We will analyze them to get a firm understanding of why you were drawn to them, what you remember about them and why you enjoyed them. This will give us vital information about what fulfills you, intrigues you and motivates you.
You will finish this work feeling more connected to your interests (even those that you have long since forgotten about). You will have a better understanding of why you were attracted to certain jobs and hobbies. You will begin to see a clearer picture of where you want to go (and this is only step 2!).
Step 3: Align With Your Top Strengths
Anyone who has worked with me can attest that this step is a huge turning point in the program. If you hate your job now, this exercise will start to give you some peace of mind. You will learn your deepest, most innate character strengths. Things you do naturally at work and outside of work to add value. Naturally, you will begin to lean into your true strengths and shift to feeling a sense of accomplishment immediately.
At the same time, we will be starting to craft what your next career could look like as you amplify the strengths you have. We will focus on what gives you the most successful feeling in your contributions and highlight the strengths that you most likely don’t give yourself credit for. We will also talk about what happens when a strength is amplified too much or not enough. It might surprise you.
You will move forward with a better sense of what you have to offer and a much clearer sense of how to stand out and be seen.
Step 4: Writing Your Story
When you are planning to get back out there and apply for different jobs, it is crucial to know your story. Not just the professional boxes that you have ticked throughout the years, but really looking back to remember your big wins and some of your biggest fumbles.
We will focus on teasing out those stories to help you remember what a huge asset you really are. We will talk about action steps to start looking and who to align yourself with. And, we will work towards getting you ready for the interview process.
You will move forward with concrete talking points that feel natural, an outline of your professional (and somewhat personal) story, clear questions to ask during your interviews and a list of action steps to start becoming a magnet for a career that you love.
Step 5: Start Seeking
You don’t have to do it all alone. I guarantee your success network is far bigger than you think it is. We will work together to identify people in your circles that you need to be talking to, how to form lasting connections and how to search for jobs effectively. We will also discuss how to expand your support network to form more effective contacts. And, tap into your existing network to get some outside feedback.
You will move forward with a plan of action to continue your outreach and gain quick traction.
Step 6: Next Steps
As we wrap up our time together, remember that the best laid plans don’t result in much if you aren’t taking action. By now you know if you will be looking for a new career. You will even know what career(s) will be most fulfilling. You will even have committed to taking specific steps to increase your satisfaction, aid your professional development and, if you wish, advance to a higher position.
You will walk away with a solid plan for the steps needed to get where you would like to go after our coaching arrangement has ended.