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Many CEOs and executives wait till they’ve reached the top to hire a career coach, but that has always seemed counterintuitive to me
When you’re in the thick of building your career, moving up the elusive corporate ladder, managing people, and trying to keep your personal life organized, you could really use personalized help from a career coach.
Career coaches help you act upon your ideas, set and stay accountable to goals, build successful teams, communicate better, and so much more. Great career coaches can be hard to find so I recommend either asking for a referral, checking out Hire a Mentor , Career Contessa’s coaching service, or asking your HR/Talent department if they have any recommendations. Here’s a quick review about our career coaching experience.
Networking can feel like a full-time job, so, to make it more manageable for your schedule, I recommend that you start networking with the people at your office first
If you work for a large company, then start picking one person from each department to have coffee or lunch with each week. From there, you can ask them to make introductions to their network.
Networking within your company is also a great way to develop mentors and sponsors that will advocate on your behalf at work. Just make sure you’re networking with folks who are more senior to you. You can also join resource groups (or even start one!) as a great
opportunity to grow your network more.
Research proves that when you’re using your strengths at work, you’re more likely to be engaged and fulfilled.
Increased engagement can lead to increased opportunities, productivity, and satisfaction. Start identifying your strengths by taking an assessment— I even like this personality test .
Next, document where you’re using your strengths at work. Which projects are you successful at? Which tasks give you the most energy? You can track all of this in a work journal. Once you know what your strengths are, where you’re using them or projects you want to use them on, talk with your manager about shifting your responsibilities.
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A good way to prepare for this ask (and get what you want!) is by bringing lots of examples of your strengths being put to use at work to the benefit of the organization. For example, if your strength is relationship building and you can give evidence of this strength helping your team land a new client, your boss might be more open to shifting your tasks.
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