There are three broad areas where you can advance your career with a career coach: career transition, career development and career strategy. Let’s look at these areas now.
Welcome to the Position Ignition Career Blog, where you will find career advice for your career change, job search and career development. Explore our advice on career planning, how to change careers, personal and professional development and more.
The scattergun approach to job search doesn’t work for many of us. By focusing on too many things we end up getting nothing, or the wrong thing. A much smarter and more effective way of finding a job is to target only one specific type of role instead of chasing after a multitude of options. And before we can identify the kind of position we want, we must first identify the kind of sector we want to work in.
For all the effort we put into growing our networks, it’s surprising how easy it can be to lapse into network-killing behaviours once we have a decent database of contacts and some genuinely close connections within that contacts list. Here are some common mistakes that we all have to be wary of making if our networks are going to survive, let alone thrive.
You may be somebody who has concluded they’re in the wrong part of the employment market. Periodically there may be friends and family who conclude the same. Sometimes it’s really surprising because somebody can be taking the vocation route and be highly qualified only to then realize they aren’t doing what they want to do. Wherever you stand regarding this, here are some ways in which career coaching will help you.
Managing a team that includes people who are older than you can be an intimidating prospect. Not only are they older than you in years, it may seem like they also have a lot more experience and wisdom than you. They may also have been at the company for a lot longer than you. However, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed – follow our tips instead.
At work, you may have noticed people in your peer group who are clearly trying to make their way to the top of the organisation. They don’t care whose toes they have to tread on – and that includes yours. Although you’re also obviously trying to make a good impression in the workplace, there’s no point getting into a “tit-for-tat” situation with competitive colleagues as this rarely ends well for you or for the organisation as a whole. You have to strike the balance between being able to understand and work with these people and not letting them get in the way of your own ambitions.
Soft skills are often underestimated, yet their importance can’t be overestimated. They are what mark us out from the rest of the crowd as exceptional job candidates, employees and leaders. Many of us may struggle to define what a soft skill is or to name specific ones. With that in mind, here’s an explanation of 8 different soft skills that you should strive to develop or, if you’re already conscious of having them, aim to use more often.
Stuck in a rut, but petrified of taking the big leap? Trapped by a high salary, strong track record or the expectations of family and friends? You know you want out, but everyone around you says you’d be insane to give up what you have? Lucy Watson explores how to overcome the voices holding you back.
Being a manager is not nearly as easy as it sounds. If you take on that type of job, there are two main categories of problems that you will immediately become aware of. The first is the time pressures. The second is people issues. What are the most common issues that crop up within each of these categories and how do you deal with them?