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What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

career story, job search
By Erin Ewart How do you feel about telling your career story? When we ask our clients this question, we often get responses like “anxious”, “confused”, and “frustrated.” This is hands down the biggest topic they want help with, and also the one they find the most difficult. Of course there are people out there who feel confident about telling their stories, but they are in the minority and they have one thing in common: they practice A LOT. To illustrate this point, I was in a training with other business owners recently, and everyone went around the room and gave their 15-30 second pitch on the spot without a hitch. You know why? Because business owners do this all the time. But for most of us, talking about ourselves…
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How to Job Search During the Holidays

How to Job Search During the Holidays

career coaching, job search, networking, strategy
BY ERIN EWART The holiday season is here, and every year around this time we get questions from our clients who are in career transition about what this means for them. One of the biggest questions we get is whether any hiring happens this time of year, and the answer to that is a definite yes! But while hiring happens year round, it does tend to slow down around the holidays, and it can be discouraging to see fewer new jobs being posted and to get so many out of office replies to your networking outreach. But that doesn't mean you should take a time out from your job search during the holidays; that's a mistake that will come back to bite you in January. Instead, think about how you can…
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Why Feeling Stuck Sucks – And What To Do About It

Why Feeling Stuck Sucks – And What To Do About It

career coaching, job search, strategy
BY ERIN EWART Yesterday I got stuck. Not physically stuck, but mentally and emotionally stuck. I felt like I had so many things competing for my attention that I couldn’t decide what to focus on. I am wrestling with a few big decisions right now, and I was feeling completely stressed about what to do next and where I should be spending my time and energy.  And so it hit me. As I sat at my desk, toggling between my to do list and my email inbox and the many, many open tabs in my browser (yes, I am one of those people), I felt the tightness of panic rise in my chest. I was paralyzed. Overwhelmed. Completely stuck. And I knew I had to do something.   So I…
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A Year of Big Changes

A Year of Big Changes

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BY ERIN EWART 2019 is turning out to be a year of big personal and professional change - maybe more than I bargained for!  On the professional front, we’ve recently updated our name to Careers for Social Impact, which I’m incredibly excited about. We launched a new Self-Study version of our Job Search Bootcamp program earlier this year, and we're in the midst of growing our team and hiring additional coaches to help us expand our impact and work with more clients. On the personal front, our family welcomed a new baby in March (hi Kieran!). And after five years in Seattle, my husband and I have decided to relocate back to the east coast to be closer to our extended family. We’ll be heading back to New York City…
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Three Ways To Refresh Your Resume For the New Year

Three Ways To Refresh Your Resume For the New Year

job search, resume
BY ERIN EWART If landing a new job is one of your goals for the new year, you’re likely thinking about updating your resume. While that’s actually not the first thing you should do to prepare for your search (see here for the steps you should take to build a strong job search strategy), crafting a compelling resume certainly is an important piece of the job hunt. Resume conventions and preferences are always shifting. As someone who reads a lot of resumes in my recruiting work in addition to coaching our clients on resume best practices, I stay attuned to the latest trends. Here are three recommendations I’ve been making frequently to my clients as we work to update and refresh their resumes for the new year.   1. Add…
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Give Yourself a Holiday Gift: Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Give Yourself a Holiday Gift: Celebrate Your Accomplishments

career coaching, job search, strategy
BY ERIN EWART Recently we hosted an event for our clients and asked them to share an accomplishment they were proud of from this year with each other. While people are often initially stumped in reaction to this question, soon the answers started flowing - projects completed, new jobs landed, personal goals achieved (and even an appearance on Jeopardy!). There was so much positive energy in the room as everyone shared the things they were proud of; I wish I could have bottled it up and captured it! It’s sadly rare to have these kinds of conversations, because we are all naturally programmed to focus on what doesn’t go well: what we wish we’d done differently, or how we didn’t get it exactly right or achieve every single thing we…
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What If We All Stopped “Networking”?

What If We All Stopped “Networking”?

job search, networking
BY ERIN EWART Today I'm writing about one of the scariest topics out there for many job seekers: networking. This is one of the biggest topics we focus on with our clients, and it’s a critical element of both the job search process and your overall career development. There’s so much to say about networking, but I want to start with demystifying the process and helping overcome some of the negative perceptions out there. For many people, the idea of networking feels "icky", transactional, or intimidating. And understandably so, if you think about it solely as a means to getting your next job. I felt that way too when I first started doing it. It felt like something I “had” to do, but I wasn’t really sure why, or how to…
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Fall Cleaning For Your Job Search: 10 Ways to Prep For Peak Hiring Season

Fall Cleaning For Your Job Search: 10 Ways to Prep For Peak Hiring Season

job search, LinkedIn, networking, resume, strategy
BY ERIN EWART There’s something about the start of a new season that energizes me to finally tackle nagging chores and start with a clean slate. I especially feel this way at the start of fall: no matter how old I get, the start of a new school year is exciting and feels like a chance to start fresh. Fall is also a peak time for hiring, so there’s no better time to dust off your job search strategy and materials and spend some time cleaning house. Take the 10 steps below to refresh your job search approach and materials for fall, whether you’re actively job searching or not. Either way, it’s wise to make these updates a few times per year to ensure you’re staying current and prepared in case…
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Still Not Sure What To Be When You Grow Up? Start Here

Still Not Sure What To Be When You Grow Up? Start Here

career coaching, job search
BY ERIN EWART Do you feel like you’ve never quite figured out what you want to be when you grow up? Do you find yourself jealous of those people who seem to have it all figured out and go from one job to the next in a perfectly logical, linear fashion? I’m going to let you in on a little secret: there are fewer of those people than it seems, and many of them are not all that happy with the path they’ve chosen. From the outside, their careers may look perfect, but there are many reasons they may have chosen a direction that doesn’t actually suit their skills and interests: family or societal pressures, financial need, or simply the inability to figure out what they really want to do. According…
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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 my 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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