A quick disclaimer: some of these steps happen concurrently. Career search is neither linear, nor one size fits all. The best, most productive career searches have room for detours and surprises – for learning things about yourself that might change your course.
Phase 1: Getting to Know You
Learning about your personality traits and behaviors gives you a new language to describe your best self to others (and to you). This applies to talking in person, your LinkedIn profile, cover letters, and résumés. We will identify the unique combination of behavior, personality, skills, and experience that make you, you.
Phase 2: What Do You Value?
Identifying your work values is a foundational part of coaching. Understanding what you value and what you want to accomplish are critical to identifying the best, most aligned opportunities. When your values are in synch with the company you work for, it adds up to career satisfaction.
Being able to describe both your values and goals gives you an advantage over people who can’t.
Phase 3: Visualizing Your Best Work
Visualizations focus your thoughts and intentions around your ideal work situation. It’s axiomatic that if you can describe it, you can find it. This step also provides a platform for uncovering unexpected insights and information around all aspects of your work – including who you want to work with and how you want to work.
Phase 4: WindowShopping
The WindowShop Your Way to Work™ strategy facilitates developing a new, more powerful way of looking at your work, your experience, and your path forward. It provides a structured, rigorous approach for defining and finding the job you want.
This is not about applying for jobs. Instead, the end goal is for you to be able to describe the work you want to do and how you want to do it fluently so other people understand what you’re looking for.
The work done in this step makes presenting your pitch, résumé, cover letters, and LinkedIn profile feel more natural and less forced. You will know how to present your best self every time.
Phase 5: Aligning Your Internal Voice
Although this is listed last, it transpires during all phases of coaching. After each coaching session you’ll find yourself updating the way you talk – and think – about your work and your leadership.
When you’re at work, you’ll be able to identify the power of what you do and how you do it. As you own and embrace that power, you will find the job and career that give you the opportunity to deploy your most powerful self and deliver the impact you’re determined to have.
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