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.
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.
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
. 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!
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
many gardeners face. He advises,
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!
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
- Should I start in the new year?
- Is it better to wait until my kids go back to
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.
and increase your quality connections.
I recommend reviewing your resume
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?"
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
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
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
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.
you done lately to grow your network?