GET IN THE DRIVING SEAT OF YOUR CAREER!

How are you feeling about your job?  Let me guess. The chances are you are not very satisfied.  If so, you are not alone.  Most employees (between 60-75% globally) are unhappy at work. At a time of high unemployment and lacklustre job growth, many employees feel stuck in their jobs and unable to consider a career move even if they are unsatisfied. Employers who want an engaged and productive workforce need to find ways to help employees feel challenged and rewarded by work, for example by offering more training and education or further developing corporate social responsibility functions. On an […] Read more »

Choosing the Right Place to Work

Working with job seekers and career changers, I discovered one common trait about them. When people transition between companies/industries, or just start out (after university or after a pause to have children or a maternity break), they tend to focus on positions being offered, and not beyond.  They usually get so excited about what the position might involve, they forget that they will be working in a culture/environment and not alone. The company culture is more important than the position – jobs can change but cultures evolve harder and tend to remain constant. Moreover, if the culture is not supportive […] Read more »

Five steps to getting job offers, recommendations and referrals

Networking helps us find new projects, customers, move to new positions and jobs (75 percent of all jobs are not advertised!) and yet networking is not about any of that. Networking is about being kind, helping others and building lasting relationships.   We all know that the times when one could expect just do their job well and stay in the same company for the entire life until retirement are long gone.   1. RAISE YOUR VISIBILITY If you are ambitious and want more out of your career, you need to be more visible. If you want to keep your […] Read more »

Ditch that modesty and start networking!

Were you ever surprised to find out that a colleague was assigned a new exciting project or a new role, and not you? Jannet came to me after something similar happened to her at least twice. “I really don’t understand why I was not chosen to head that project. I always deliver on time. I am much reliable and conscientious than the person they chose. I clearly fit that position much better”.  Jannet’s colleague was picked to manage the new cross-departmental project that they both had been involved in for several preceding months, and she felt clearly bewildered by the fact. […] Read more »

Redundancy: a sad event or a lottery ticket?

Most people, when faced with redundancy, feel upset, scared, anxious, shocked, powerless.  Like any loss, the loss of job and the status quo and security that come with it, is deeply upsetting. However it is possible to see redundancy not as the end, but as a door into a new beginning. A balanced, happy life and a fulfilling career are both possible post-redundancy. Here are some tips on turning your mindset over: Give yourself time and space: After any type of loss, we experience a grieving process. A job loss is not an exception. Allow yourself to grieve, instead of […] Read more »

Dealing with redundancy

Sadly, redundancies are a fact of life in today’s workplace.  A lot of industries and sectors are downsizing, and the cuts often focus on countries with the highest employee costs, starting with France and Belgium. Redundancy is never an easy process to undergo and is usually quite upsetting for the employee. Upon hearing that you’re being let go of your job because your company is being downsized or restructured, it’s understandable to feel shocked, panicked and scared. When we’re made redundant most of us feel fear, distress, helplessness and loneliness. Today we will look at the process from the logistical and legal […] Read more »

What is blocking the path to your big goal?

Now that you know your number 1 goal (see the post from last week), the next step is to create a strong and clear strategy, a roadmap towards your goal. However an action plan on its own won’t do wonders. It needs to be founded on strong solid self-belief and confidence. If you don’t believe in achieving your goal, you will not follow up with the action steps and even if you do, they will be half-hearted ones and won’t bring the desired result.  Even the best strategies fall victim to inner blocks such as fears and and limiting beliefs. […] Read more »

Are you prepared to bend geography?

A CEO who runs her company from Paris during weekdays but spends weekends at her home in the Alps. A journalist based in Paris who commutes to London every two weeks. A media trainer and consultant shuttling between Amsterdam and South Asia who’s chosen Chamonix, France, as his home base. A French project manager targeting the Brazilian job market for her next career.  An American entrepreneur developing solar energy in Senegal from his base in southern France. A Paris-based software specialist actively targeting Dubai-based companies in his quest to move to his dream location. The list can go on. What […] Read more »

Time to have a moment of epiphany!

I was having my morning coffee earlier this week when I had an epiphany. An epiphany (comes from the ancient Greek meaning “manifestation”, “striking appearance”) is an experience of sudden and striking realization. Often used to describe a scientific breakthrough or a religious discovery, it can be applied to any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective. Epiphanies generally follow a process of significant thought about a problem. I had been pondering for some time about the challenge of writing an inspirational book vs the memoir I […] Read more »

Do you have an elevator pitch?

Whether you’re looking for a job, run your own business, or want to find new – better paid and with more challenge – opportunities, you need to have a well-crafted elevator pitch. What is an elevator pitch?  It is a short 30-second to 2 minute long preplanned statement that you use in response to the question “What do you do?”   It needs to answer the questions “Who I am? What I do? What I am looking for?”  Ideally, it also makes it clear why you are the best candidate.  You want to be able to deliver your pitch anywhere […] Read more »