career choice

How to update your CV and find your next role – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

by Jack Lloyd If you’ve made the decision to move on from your job and find your next role, one of the biggest challenges can be to update your CV. It’s important to get it right and ensure that your career history is relevant to any new positions that you’re going to apply for. If you’re not sure where to start, or sigh at the thought of having to revisit your CV – don’t fear. Our advice will help you…

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Is it Impostor Syndrome or Incompetence? – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

This article was originally posted on Forbes.com. What’s interesting about Impostor Syndrome is that it has its most profound effects upon high-achieving individuals. Many ambitious, conscientious, and capable people struggle to internalize their success, leading them to see themselves as frauds. They worry that they will be exposed as not truly qualified for or capable of performing the roles they hold. Impostor Syndrome is a common phenomenon, but it’s an experience we don’t often share with others. For one thing, many…

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Living Life in Real Time (Advice for Busy Professionals) – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Up until about eight years ago, I would say that I maximized my days as well as anyone and was always comfortable juggling multiple projects and tasks. My business thrived, my books were selling well and I achieved a small modicum of success by the world’s standard, but I began to recognize that I was often missing out on the truly important things in life. My hectic pace, which mirrored the pace of so many other professionals in my circle,…

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Finding the Right Job for Me – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

“Congratulations. You’re hired.” Most of us can recall the emotions assimilated with these three profound words. For some of us, it was the first sign of true independence stepping out into the big world known as the job market. For others it represented freedom from those restless nights worrying if the electric bill would be paid this month. Accepting a job represents many different things for many different people, but does it represent true fulfillment? Bread Crumbs Remember the story…

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Luxury Cars to Luxury Apartments – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Jonathan Lebrett first came to CareerBalance in 2006 whilst working for Porsche UK as a Business Manager. He went on to work in accountancy recruitment, but after being made redundant, returned to CareerBalance in 2009. Today he works as a Membership Executive at 47 Park Street, London’s luxury private residence club owned by the Marriot Hotel Group. He says that going to CareerBalance “paid for itself”.What major issue did you want to tackle?I’d first gone to see CareerBalance because I…

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Don’t Brush Off Positive Feedback — Study It — Career Coach Jill – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

July 1, 2019  From The Harvard Business Review—more excellent advice Most of us remember critical feedback. Because it’s jarring and threatening, it tends to stick in our brains. But positive feedback is an invaluable way to learn about your strengths and growth areas. Create a space (digital or physical) where you save the praise you get, anything from thank-you cards to written notes in your evaluations to comments in email threads. When you get mixed feedback, tease apart the positive and…

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Rest. – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Lately, I just don’t know. I’m tired.Not just physically or mentally tired, but emotionally tired. It’s the kind of tired that a good night’s sleep won’t fix, the kind that is so deep in your bones that you can’t shake it off. Have you ever felt a combination of anxious and powerless and exhausted? And no amount of TV or salted caramel ice cream can get you back in the groove? That’s where I’ve been the past couple of months.So…

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Turn New Year’s Resolutions into Lasting Results – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Another year has flown by and January 2019 is here. It’s a new year and a new start and many of us have excitedly declared our new year’s resolutions on January 1st.Are you still feeling pretty positive about your resolutions? Now that we are just over a week in it’s really not uncommon to lose focus on what it is that you want and what’s involved to achieve it. It may be that you resolved to read more, lose weight,…

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Bad Interview Answers To – Why Did You Apply For This Job? ( And What To Say Instead)  – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

It’s the new year, and you’ve resolved to land your dream job in 2020. But did you know that January is the most popular month to look for a new job? This means there’s much more competition. So the last thing you want to do is give bad interview answers to – Why did you apply to this role? which is one of the most common interview questions you’re likely to get asked.   This question can come in different…

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Different Types of Resumes – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Different Types of Resumes | Expert Career Change & Leadership Development CoachSharon serves clients in and around Apex, Asheville, Burlington, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Concord, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, High Point, Jacksonville, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Wake Forest, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Sharon has a virtual practice and serves other cities including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts, New York, New York, Atlanta, Georgia, Memphis, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, Grand Rapids,…

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Brad Barnett, Director of Financial Aid, JMU – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

What brought you to this career?I actually got into this field by accident. I studied Psychology and Business as an undergraduate, and then I went to VCU for graduate school for Rehabilitation Counseling. I was looking for ways to pay for college and ended up with a graduate assistantship in the Financial Aid Office while I was in school. After graduation and working a few years in the counseling field, I got a call from VCU asking if I wanted…

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Using Neuroscience to Improve Leadership & Team Engagement — Executive Coaching and Leadership Consulting – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

In order to understand team engagement & motivation, Google asked 180 teams: What is most important for team performance? The top responses included: making an impact, having meaning, role clarity and structure, and dependability of others. But the #1 response was psychological safety; that team members feel safe to take risks and be vulnerable in front of each other.Neuroscience informs this idea of psychological safety in teams. In fact, one of the most exciting developments in leadership coaching has been the rise of…

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The Dangers of the “Average of 5” Rule – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

I have learned profound wisdom from Jim Rohn, but one thing he taught, which many other coaches echo, is that we are the average of the five people with whom we spend the most time. The advice around this is to surround yourself with people who already have aspects of the life that you want for yourself to elevate your station in life. One study confirmed that it’s not only the five people closest to you, but also the people…

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Create Your New Start for 2020: Clarify Your Personal Vision – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

2020 is here! As you dive into the new year, take time to reflect on 2019 and set your intentions for 2020. No, not necessarily as a resolution, who keeps those anyway?!  But rather, dedicate time to clarify and focus on your intentions for 2020. One of the best ways to do this is with your personal vision statement. A personal vision statement will help you if: You’re unsatisfied with your current life/work balance but can’t pinpoint whyYou’re overwhelmed with…

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Changing Career – Start With Purpose – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Here at CFCD, we thrive on helping people change career when it’s right for them. Through our deep experience in this area we have found starting with purpose helps make the change right and meaningful. A great example of this is documented in HBR post ‘From Accountant to Yogi: Making a Radical Career Change’ exploring Leah Zaccaria’s career transition. One of her lessons learnt is ‘Nourish your roots – stay connected to your purpose.’: “Quit being the person people think…

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What Do You Want – Clarity Compass Career Coach – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

There’s a lot of talk these days about manifestation. The popular thought is that if you imagine what you want, and focus on it hard enough, it will “magically” appear without any further effort on your part. While it is important to set your goals and envision your ideal life, nothing is going to happen unless you are also willing to do a little heavy lifting. Yes, the power of intention can create incredible opportunities, but often times there is…

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Episode 80 – Peaceful Parenting with Sarah Rosensweet – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

  In this episode we are going to be diving into the topic of parenting. I am fascinated by how quickly one phase ends and another starts in the lives of little people. So it often feels like you are playing catch-up and trying to figure out how best to parent in a particular season. I interview the amazing parenting coach, Sarah Rosensweet about peaceful parenting. She shares so many gems. So dive in and learn some practical tips for…

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7 Simple Steps For Landing a Job Through LinkedIn – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Are you LinkedIn? Many job seekers already regard LinkedIn as their most valuable social media platform, and new features are being added all the time. Staying up to date can help you land your next position. If you’ve been using LinkedIn to research opportunities and connect with others, you might be interested to know that LinkedIn has job aggregator feature. That means you’ll find double the amount of job listings and more individuals to add to your network. The following…

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The Sexism Men Face During Their Job Search — Rachel B Garrett – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

While I primarily coach women in sharpening leadership skills and navigating job searches, I’m currently supporting several men in these efforts. They typically come to me via referral and I joke with them and those referring that if they make it through my uber female-focused website, they’re my kind of guys. Reflective, open, willing to be vulnerable and uncomfortable. Coachable.I know some women in my audience—having fought for every role, every relationship within their network, every dollar they earn—may look…

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On saying goodbye to Europe – Adventures in Career Development – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

I woke up this morning outside of Europe. This was strange, because I went to bed in Europe and so in the night, the borders of the continent withdrew from my bed and my country leaving with nothing but my Britishness to console me in the morning. It has been a long and bumpy ride this Brexit business. I know it is not over, but today at least marks the beginning of a new phase of indecision and brinkmanship. I’ve…

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Work Out What Your Next Job Looks Like – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Our dreams, our hopes, our ambitions are limitless. Think big, think grand. But understand reality is often limited by chance opportunities and our current circumstances. If it’s time for you to make a change and leave your current job, you’ll naturally aim for a career design that increases your chances of actualising your dreams into reality.    Usually, we have less control over our next job than we want. Maybe we’ve been made redundant, and those house payments are approaching;…

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Why Values are Important: 4 Key Messages for Organisations – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

‘I love the job but I can’t stand the macho environment any longer’ one tearful client complained to me recently. Another, newly qualified as a medical consultant, loves the huge scope of his role in public health but is unhappy with his lack of autonomy. A third client, an expert in fund raising doesn’t feel recognised or part of the bigger picture. These three individuals typify the dissatisfaction we sometimes encounter at CCS, caused by a mismatch between an individual’s…

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Never Accept a Job Offer Without Doing These Things – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Congratulations! You’ve been made a job offer and you’re pretty excited.Before you make an “I quit” cake for your current job and present it in a staff meeting, are you really happy with the offer you’ve been made? Are they offering you the salary you believe is fair?Chances are, you weren’t made the “best” offer, which makes sense. Why would an employer offer you the highest amount they can pay if they can get you for less? It’s a simple…

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How to Eliminate Impostor Syndrome as a Woman of Color — Your Career Girl – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

I wrote a post on the Your Career Girl Facebook page last year that started off with the words: I don’t believe in Impostor Syndrome. And as you can imagine, it was quite controversial. Impostor Syndrome is defined as the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or was legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own efforts or skills. And while I believe that there are very real emotional and professional implications of being affected by Impostor…

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The Road to Confidence Part 2: You Should Read This – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

This is the second in a series of posts based on Dale Carnegie’s writing and training. Find more information on his work, training, and free resources here. Read the first post here. I have a theory about how happy you are. It goes like this: count up the number of times in a day you say the word “should.” Think about your typical day. “I should go exercise this morning.” “I shouldn’t have had that piece of candy after lunch.”…

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This is Why Looking Others in the Eye Changes Your Life – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Be one of the few who do. You’re at an event and meet someone. You begin talking, and things seem to be going well. But then, her gaze begins to drift. She stops making eye contact with you and starts sweeping the room, apparently looking for someone more important or more interesting, as she halfheartedly continues the conversation. How does this make you feel? I know that it made feel as if I had failed some social experiment. It’s one…

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Career Change And Impostor Syndrome – How To Increase Your Confidence When Changing Careers – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Impostor syndrome, or feelings of inadequacy despite having achieved recognizable success, is a phenomenon more commonly used to describe high-performing women who feel like a fraud (or impostor, hence the phrase) despite their high achievement. I have encountered clients (of both genders actually) who use the word impostor to describe how they feel when attempting a career change. When changing careers, you’ll be starting with less experience and achievement in your new field versus your existing one. As you rebrand…

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Reflection: Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Today, we reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, a man whom I respect immensely for his oratorical genius and his advocacy of selfless love of humanity. He has given meaningful inspiration to me and countless others around the world, and I am honored to have this moment to pause and give thanks for the gifts that he shared with all of us. Like many, when this holiday comes around, I picture Dr. King at the March on…

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I’m Worried About a Belief in Manifesting. Here Are the Reasons Why. – Marla Gottschalk – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Strategies that may help us move forward can be worth their weight in gold. But rest assured, I’ll put that strategy through its paces before I endorse it. We should always take a closer look at the advice we are offered — breaking things down and exploring how things might really work. Where manifesting is concerned it is easy to understand its allure. (In a sea of self-care trends it does appear to embrace positivity.) But, while it purports to…

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