Three Lessons I Learned From My Own Career Pivot

Three Lessons I Learned From My Own Career Pivot

job search, strategy
BY ERIN EWART Four years ago this month, I started working for myself. It started with a small consulting project, which I thought would be a short-term gig to bridge the gap until I found my next “real” job. I had just moved to Seattle and left the job I had been at for five years, and I wanted to give myself some time to build a network in my new city and figure out what was next. Little did I know that four years later I’d have a thriving business. I am incredibly grateful to our amazing clients and the many supporters who helped me get to this point. But it certainly was not an easy path, or a straight one. It was terrifying to take the leap and quit…
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How to Write a Resume Recruiters Want to Read

How to Write a Resume Recruiters Want to Read

job search, resume
BY ERIN EWART I love transforming resumes. Other people’s resumes that is - I’m not sure if anyone likes working on their own! Helping clients revamp their resumes is one of the most tangible aspects of the work we do at Careers for Social Impact. Unlike crafting your story or building your network, which can take a little longer to bear fruit, updating a resume is more straightforward and the results are immediate. Resumes are also an important place to demystify the job search process. I love seeing the lightbulb moment when a client realizes that what they thought a resume was - a chronological description of their work history and education with a few skills and interests thrown in - is quite different from what it actually is: a carefully…
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Why You Need a Job Search Strategy (And How To Create Yours)

Why You Need a Job Search Strategy (And How To Create Yours)

job search, strategy
BY ERIN EWART Are you approaching your job search strategically? If you’re not sure how to answer that question or you’re shaking your head with an emphatic “no”, this post is for you. Having a job search strategy sounds like a good thing, but what does that really mean? We tend to throw around the word “strategy” a lot, and I think it helps to come back to the definition: “a method or plan to bring about a desired future” and “the art and science of planning and marshalling resources for their most efficient and effective use.” So, having a strategy means you have a plan to bring about your desired future (a new job), while efficiently and effectively using resources (your time and energy). Sounds straightforward, but it’s something many…
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When Will It End? What to Do When Your Job Search Takes Longer Than You Thought

When Will It End? What to Do When Your Job Search Takes Longer Than You Thought

career coaching, interviewing, job search
BY ERIN EWART As I write this we’re in the depths of February. Even though I know spring will eventually come, at this point in the year it always seems like winter will never end. It can feel like that when you’re job searching too, especially when the process takes longer than you thought it would. The job search has so many ups and downs, and at times it can feel like it will never end. It will end eventually of course, but as you’re in the midst of the process it can be hard to remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A longer than expected job search can be very challenging, and it’s important to maintain perspective and positive energy throughout the process. We…
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You Set Some Goals – Now What?

You Set Some Goals – Now What?

career coaching, job search, strategy
BY ERIN EWART February is sneaking up on us. Are you faithfully executing on all your New Year’s resolutions? Or do you have some ideas scribbled on a post-it note that you need to spend more time to actually make into actual goals and plans? If you’re nodding at option #2, we have something in common! As most of us have experienced, turning ideas into concrete action can be challenging. Many well-intentioned goals fall by the wayside when the rubber meets the road and life takes over, especially when they focus on the more complex areas of our lives, like our careers. Recently we shared four questions to ask to give yourself a year end career review, and today we're following up with some specific strategies and tools to help you…
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Give Yourself a Year-End Career Review With These 4 Questions

Give Yourself a Year-End Career Review With These 4 Questions

job search, strategy
BY ERIN EWART There’s lots of research out there about the benefits of regular reflection and journaling. I don’t do as much of it as I’d like, and that’s something I want to continue to work on in the new year. But I do periodically take time to write things down, and it’s always interesting and instructive to go back and read through old journal entries. Recently I was reading through some entries from about five years ago, before I started Careers for Social Impact and moved across the country. My life was very different then, and I was clearly ready for a change. I was working for an organization with a great mission and I liked the people I worked with, but I knew that the work I was doing…
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What Recruiters Think About Interviews (But Probably Won’t Tell You)

What Recruiters Think About Interviews (But Probably Won’t Tell You)

interviewing, strategy
BY ERIN EWART In my career as a recruiter I’ve done hundreds of screening interviews. I think these first-round interviews are one of the most important parts of the job search process, and also one of the most challenging.  Why are first interviews so important? In a typical recruitment process, organizations select about 5-10 candidates to screen and 3-5 for in-depth interviews. With the average job receiving 100+ applications (and some many more than that), that means you have at best a 5-10% chance of being selected for an initial interview, so it’s important to make the most of the opportunity. These odds will likely increase if you've played your cards right by networking with people at the organization and getting referred internally, but even with internal advocates you still won't…
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Why I Hired A Coach, and What I Learned

Why I Hired A Coach, and What I Learned

career coaching, strategy
BY ERIN EWART I recently worked with a business coach. “Why would a coach need to hire their own coach?”, you may be asking. For the same reason a doctor can’t treat herself of course! I had come to a point where I was feeling stuck with some decisions I had to make in my business, and I knew I needed help. A few of the reasons I knew it was time to hire a coach were: I was feeling overwhelmed by the decisions I needed to make, yet stuck and unable to actually move forward with any of them I needed to talk things out with someone objective who didn’t have a stake in the business (i.e. not my husband), and I wanted to get feedback and input from someone…
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Why Dream Jobs Are a Myth: Using Design Thinking in Your Job Search

Why Dream Jobs Are a Myth: Using Design Thinking in Your Job Search

job search, strategy
BY ERIN EWART I was fortunate to participate in a design thinking workshop last week at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (aka the d.school) with other consultants from around the country. While I’ve used and taught design thinking for years and it’s a central part of the job search approach I use with my career coaching clients, it was refreshing to be in the midst of it again as a practitioner and it reminded me why this approach can be so transformational when applied to your career. 1. It helps you think in new and creative ways: the core belief of the d.school is that “everyone has the capacity to be creative”. I don’t consider myself a particularly creative person in the traditional sense, but being together…
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The Secret to Job Search Success: Confidence

The Secret to Job Search Success: Confidence

interviewing, job search, strategy
BY ERIN EWART One of the biggest frustrations with job searching is that it can can feel like so much of the process is in someone else’s hands. What we often forget is that the biggest success factor is in our control: coming from a place of confidence. If you believe you can do the job, you will project that and help the employer believe it too. Conversely, if you have doubts about your abilities, are trying to figure out the “right” answers to their questions, or are trying to be someone you’re not, that will come through. The key to success is to be the best version of yourself by projecting your strengths and confidently sharing how your unique combination of skills and experience will solve their problems. Yes, there…
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