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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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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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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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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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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