A recent development for my coaching practice has been getting emails and phone calls from professionals seeking new employment with Karmic Ally Coaching as tutors rather than coaching services. Quite possibly, the misunderstanding may have arisen from their perception of the word coaching as tutoring, which is what they want to do for a new career.
A little research would have indicated that is not what my practice is about and the same beautifully crafted cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and pitch could have been used on a viable employer-prospect.
These are difficult times with the economy being at a low. While it takes time and effort to find a new job with better prospects or overcoming a first time redundancy, this is also a time when one can discover a lot about oneself. Trust me, I know. Been there, done that.
It is a time for budding entrepreneurs or for taking stock of the various skills & talents that you have accumulated over the years. This knowledge will help you to find that job that will give you a lot more satisfaction along with rent money and retirement savings.
Knowing your strengths will help you to create winning Curriculum Vitae. This knowledge will also help you to focus your time and energy in the right direction and be considered employable in the right industry and organization.
If you find that you need direction for assessing your strengths, consider asking your friends, colleagues and family about their perception of your experience, abilities & accomplishments. Quite often there are things that we don’t know about ourselves and which can be useful in determining our strengths and improving our knowledge of how others perceive us.
Need more insights? Consider taking a professional assessment. Nowadays some leading Executive Search firms provide free online assessments in complete confidence. Google search for other assessments according to your preference and try them out for size.
However, you are your own best friend and critic as well. So a spot of introspection and self analysis is in order. You know best what your experiences and accomplishments are. Use these to discover your strengths.
An exercise to discover your strengths
This is actually much simpler than one would think and the information you gather can be used for creating a strong Curriculum Vitae.
Take a clean sheet of paper or open an Excel spreadsheet and note your work experience with information about the industries where you have worked and the type of organizations starting with the most recent right down to your first job. Then think of the positions that you occupied and the actual job that you did. If there are gaps in your resume but you did part-time jobs or decided to enhance your skills, then write them down too. Think of unpaid work, volunteer work, community activities and student activities.
Then, for each of your entries, think of what tasks you accomplished the actions that you took and the results achieved. This information will not only help you to discover your unique selling point, but will be useful input for that star Curriculum Vitae. It will also help you to prepare for interviews and create information that you can put down in your covering letters for jobs.
The last step is to now understand oneself better. Look at the data that you have generated along with feedback from others and the professional assessments. Honestly make note of the key qualities that are apparent, namely; your proven abilities, your values, your interests and your personality.
Go back to your original Curriculum Vitae and update it for the new discoveries that you have made.
The next time you want to apply for a new position, match your abilities and values to those of the target organization. If there is a match, go ahead and apply with a strong covering letter and winning Curriculum Vitae. There will always be factors outside of your control but at least you have covered the ones where you do have control and knowledge.
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Written by: Vatsala Shukla
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