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April 2014

Stop and Smell the Roses

Your career search is a journey. There will be ups and downs, but it will all be worth it when you find the job you love. Along the way, make sure to enjoy yourself and stop and smell the roses

Appreciate the beauty around you and appreciate how far you have come in your career search so far.

Be present and celebrate small victories. If you are able to network with one contact from LinkedIn, pat yourself on the back. Allow yourself to breathe and appreciate all of your hard work, because it is hard work and eventually it will all pay off.

I’ve been busy lately with clients, snow days, and building my business. I think the next chance I get I may try to stop by the United States Botanic Garden in D.C. to see What’s in Bloom. I also think I may have to call their "Plant Hotline" and get some help for my son's class project plant. Even plants need help from a coach sometimes! 

Make Your Career Search Blossom

When searching for a new career, it is important to be focused and get clarity. You may find that you have been searching too broadly and your attention is being pulled in all directions. 

In gardening, pruning is an important way of making sure nutrients are going to only the healthy parts of the plant and energy isn't wasted on areas that need to be cut. I think this same idea can be applied to your career search.
Every now and then, step back and reassess your process.
I read an interesting NPR blog by Ketzel Levine where the author addresses the common Fear of Pruning many gardeners face. He advises,
I was taught years ago that the best time to prune a plant is when you’re standing in front of it with clippers in your hand. Otherwise, the seasons roll by and the years roll by and before you know it the plant’s so out of scale that all you’re left with is the most drastic option

Once you've made sure your energy is being put towards the best tactics, you’ll be on the way to making your career search blossom!

When is the Best Time to Grow?

As a career coach, I often get asked many questions about career search timing:

  • When is the best time to begin looking for a new job? 
  • Should I wait until after the holidays? 
  • Should I start in the new year? 
  • Is it better to wait until my kids go back to school?

The best time to plant the seeds of your career search is TODAY. 

As soon as you know that you need a change, you should start to cultivate your new growth. There is a lot of preparation that goes into a job search. If you are prepared, you’ll be ready when an opportunity arises.

Begin networking and increase your quality connections. I recommend reviewing your resume and getting feedback from your network. Don’t be afraid to ask others for information about their career path. Usually people who have found career success are more than happy to share their story and give advice.

So start today and ask yourself, "What is one thing I can do today or this week to plant the seeds of my career search?"

Dig In and Get Your Hands Dirty

I like the idea of gardening but, in reality, one of the reasons I don’t actually garden is because I don't like to get my hands dirty. 

It would be wonderful to eat healthier by growing food at home, but I wouldn't actually want to be around bugs and dirt. I do see the love behind growing your own food and the dedication it takes for it to come to fruition.  It takes a lot of hard work and time, which reminds me of networking.
If you want your career search to flourish, you can’t overlook the importance of networking. 

Think of your network like the roots of a plant, the more quality connections you have the more options you have for getting what you need to grow. The people you network with may pass on a tip about a new job opening, advice on how to succeed in that field, or connect you with others who share common interests.
I recently read a great blog about networking on Psychology Today. In, “Networking 101: How to Social Network Effectively” author Ronald E. Riggio lists six basic things to remember. I thought his second tip was especially helpful:
Engage in Humble Inquiry. There is a terrific recent book by psychologist Edgar Schein that discusses the importance of asking questions and listening attentively to the other person as a means for creating rewarding interactions. Put getting to know the other person before talking about yourself.
When you network for a job, it can take some time to plant the seeds and see them grow.  We’d prefer for it to happen fast, but it takes time to build relationships just like it takes time for a garden to grow. Networking is important, not just for finding a job or opportunity, but also if you are trying to get promoted or want to make sure you stay in the job that you love.

What have you done lately to grow your network?