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: 9 Ways to Prep For Peak Hiring Season

Fall Cleaning For Your Job Search: 9 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 always 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 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 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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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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