Tag: career change

3D Juggling 677: Eye to Eye

Claire writes: “We got a call the other day from someone who had decided to apply for a new role and wanted some support in thinking about what skills and experience he brings so that he could make a useful application.

Two days later he rang back and cancelled. By looking the opportunity in the eye, and committing to apply, he had recognised that this was not for him at the moment.

It’s easy to wonder from a distance. It’s easier to decide if you look it in the eye. So a useful coaching question can be ‘Go on then’ … ‘How does that feel?’ It is a way of looking a choice in the eye in the room (as long as you work to look an opposite choice in the eye as well!)

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3D Juggling 615: What do people come to you for?

Claire writes: “The more we work with people changing jobs, the more I realise that many of us don’t know what we can do.  We get on with our jobs and our lives without giving much time or attention to noticing the skills and gifts that we are using every day. Which is fine until it comes to changing tack on our career path and a CV that says I have done a job quite like the job I am applying for is no longer enough.  And whether we are thinking about what other kinds of role might be suitable for someone like us, or trying to get short listed for a job that we know deep down we could do, we suddenly need to be fluent enough in describing our skills – with evidence.

Last week I heard a coach ask a great question – “What do people come to you for?”.  That gives some helpful insight into the gifts and skills and style of working that is valued by others.  Another useful tool might be to say – if I was applying for a job alongside someone who had a very similar biography to mine but was not very good at the job, how would I describe what was different about the way I work?  Because in the end, we need to understand what we can do, and be able to describe it enough, if we are going to be able to discern what a job move might be, or help a potential employer decide that we are the person they would like to do the role.”

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3D Juggling 596: Making a Difference

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Claire writes: “We usually get a flurry of interest in Career Makeovers after the Christmas break.  This year it’s come a little early and we have been having really interesting conversations with people about what next?  Often, we find, when people are looking for a change of career and they are not sure what that might be, they say ‘I want to make a difference’.  As Julia Butterfly Hill an Eco Activist said, “The question is not ‘Can you make a difference?’ You already do make a difference. It’s just a matter of what kind of difference you want to make, during your life on this planet.”  

Changing the question can really help.  So if you know you want to make a difference, what kind of a difference do you want to make?  And what kind of a difference will be enough? Think about it…”

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3D Juggling 580: Grids and Triangles

Claire writes: “Jane was joking the other day that if a diagram isn’t a grid, a triangle or a Venn diagram, we won’t use it!  I’ve just been reading Visual Meetings by David Sibbert who talks about using graphics more effectively.

One idea of his really connected with a recent email I received when someone said they were going into a new job and did we have any tips for the first few months?

David Sibbert has a grid for you.  Four squares:  Impact (high and low) and Effort (easier and harder)

Draw it – where would you start?  Think about it…”

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3D Juggling 574: When you leave

Jane writes “We all move on from time to time, from relationships, roles, organisations…  Sometimes the decision to move is hard to take, sometimes it’s taken for us.  And what we leave behind is important.

What do you want people to say about you when you’re gone – about the impact you had and what you left behind?

Aim to leave more of value than you take with you.  Start today. What’s your legacy going to be?  Think about it…”

If you need help to understand your impact or how to change it, talk to us.

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3D Juggling 564: White Cliffs of Dover

Jane writes: “Last week a section of the white cliffs of Dover collapsed into the sea and I noticed how clean the new face of the cliff was.  When something familiar and comfortable changes, maybe a relationship, or a role at work, there is the potential for a fresh, new beginning.  We were talking to someone this morning who works in the city.  She was noticing that there are too many people whose default is to stay in a job that is dissatisfying – just for the money.  It’s only when the company downsizes that you think about what you really don’t (and do) want to do.

Maybe the change that took you by surprise offers you new possibilities.  What could they be? Think about it…”

Talk to us about a Career Makeover if that would be useful as a way of looking at future possibilities in a different way.

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3D Juggling 352: Magic Seats

Claire writes: ‘When we bought our car, all I knew was that it would be a supermini with room for 4 people and good fuel consumption. Being available in red was desirable but not essential!  If that had been the final criteria, it would have been very difficult to chose between the makes we looked at – Citroen, Peugeot, Skoda, Renault etc.  What allowed us to make an informed choice was that each garage was able to clearly communicate what they felt the added value was in their car. And we did a test drive. So we had to choose between interiors, boot space and leg room.  On the way to buy the Toyota Yaris which fulfilled all the criteria except boot space, we stopped off at the Honda garage because it was raining.  It was the leg room and the magic seats which made us buy the Honda.  You can fold the back seats up or down.  We didn’t know we needed that, but realised it would mean we could fit a bike in the back… or a large plant… or a big box of training materials.

When employers advertise for posts, they advertise the generic basics which are essential for the job.  When we apply, we need to be really clear how we fit that and also what added value we bring so that they can decide who is the best fit for the job.  That means that you need to be crystal clear what you bring before you even fill out the application.  If you only answer the questions you are asked, there may be a significant piece of information which you forget to include.  Until you are clear what you bring, the potential employer will not be able to find it out from you – however hard they try. Especially if you are changing sectors or applying for a different type of role. That’s why we spend a considerable amount of time with individuals and groups facing job changes simply asking: So what did you do? If you have a job change coming up, do you know all the generic skills you bring?  And what evidence you have for them? It’s worth investing time to find that out BEFORE you start approaching employers.

And if you don’t know what you’re thinking unless you speak, don’t waste time siting staring at a blank computer screen or white paper… enlist a listening partner – a friend, colleague or a coach.

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Useful data

If you’re wondering what jobs pay how much, this data from The Guardian on salaries may come in useful

 

3D Juggling 551: What vocation looks like

Claire writes: ‘There’s a great line in Shirley Valentine where she says: “Why do we get all this life if we never use it?”

Every week we talk to people who are trying to find a job where they can feel fulfilled.  You can find all our ideas on the website.  Because when people find a place where what they are good at combines with what they love and what an organisation will pay for, you can see it in their eyes.  That’s what Auden describes in Horae Canonicae

You need not see what someone is doing

to know if it is his vocation,

you have only to watch his eyes:

a cook mixing a sauce, a surgeon

making a primary incision,

a clerk completing a bill of lading,

wear the same rapt expression, forgetting

themselves in a function.

How beautiful it is,

that eye-on-the-object look

Have you found yours? Think about it…”
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