Career Coaching to Optimize Your Career Transition
Welcome. I understand you are in career transition. You might be unemployed and actively seeking employment, in a full time position and considering a career change, or negotiating a position with a new company.
If we were face to face during career coaching, I would inquire about what you do best, what you would most like to achieve, the challenges involved, and whether you have had career coaching to support your career change. If you are the recipient of a severance package, you’ve been awarded a scholarship to reevaluate your life and career. But, you may be experiencing a sense of loss and some tension at home. Your spouse may view you with less respect, and there may be some genuine concern about the loss of health benefits.
This may be the first time in years that you have reflected on the meaning of your life. You may be asking questions like: “Do I want to work 60 hours a week? Do I want to allocate more time for my family and friends? How do I want to change my career? Do I want to stick with corporate life, go solo, or join a mid-size consulting firm? What are my most important needs? What’s working for me right now? What do I really want to do and how can I go about it?”
Have you defined your optimum career direction and the remuneration you wish to achieve? With Optimal Thinking career coaching, you will ask the best questions to invite the best solutions. You will position yourself on the optimal track, pursue the best ends by the best means, and make the most of the hands you are dealt.
Remember that your main job in this world is to be your best self in good and tough times.
Questions to Optimize Your Career Change
- What are the most important criteria for my next position?
- Where are my best places to work and the best companies to work for?
- What are my greatest strengths?
- How can I best leverage my strengths to achieve what I want?
- How I can best leverage my contacts?
- Which actions must I take to give myself the best chance of landing in the right position?
The authors of Who: The A Method for Hiring learned from one third of the CEOs they interviewed that “not evaluating cultural fit was one of the biggest reasons for hiring mistakes.” Glassdoor.com discovered that “job seekers cite company culture as their second-highest priority, almost tied with salary.”
Focus on the preferences articulated in current hiring activities, and note the skill sets in demand so that you can think like your customer. Consider these questions:
- What do you know about the company’s history, current situation and culture?
- How can you best determine where the organization is headed in the next five years?
- What do you know about the person who will be interviewing you?
- How can you best prepare to achieve the optimum result?
- How can you employ your knowledge, skills and experience to be the candidate of choice?
Prepare brief, accurate responses to challenging questions and statements such as:
- Tell me about yourself
- Why did you leave your last job?
- How long have you been out of work?
- Why has it taken you so long to find a job?
- What do you know about our company?
- Why do you want to work with us?
- How long do you expect to stay with us?
- Why should we hire you?
- What is your salary expectation?
Do your best to uncover the salary range for the position before you disclose your salary expectation. You must be fully prepared to negotiate your optimum income package.
Optimal Job Interview
An optimal job interview follows a precise five-step format. Here is a summary:
- Ice breaker and warm up
- Empower the interviewer to acknowledge your strengths
- Uncover your obstacles, then provide your best options
- Determine where you stand
- Reaffirm your value, assert your uniqueness, and optimize!
Our career coaching is designed to pinpoint your career goals, determine your sweet spot, and optimize your marketing and networking initiatives. We provide career interview coaching with role plays to keep your insecurities in check, and optimize results. You will learn how to optimize – not just manage – your career change / executive transition with Optimal Thinking.
We are here for you in our Marina del Rey, Los Angeles office (map), by telephone, or via video conference.
Call (424) 204-6133
to discuss your career transition objectives.
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