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5 Factors Critical to Successfully Starting a New Job

You have 90 days to fit into your new organization’s culture.  From building key relationships, figuring out the communication channels, determining how decisions are made, identifying whether they focus on group or individual contributions, and evaluating their appetite for change, HBR outlines 5 critical factors: When you Start A New Job, Pay Attention to These 5 Aspects of Company Culture.   

How you choose to spend your first 90 days is vital to your success in your new position.  Your boss and other executives will be watching you to see if you are able to deliver.  Devise a Game Plan for Success to propel your career forward in your new organization. 

Wishing you much career success,

Joanne

Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional

JL Careers Inc

Targeting the C-Suite: 6 Strategies for Career Advancement

Climb the Corporate Ladder Faster

Are you doing everything you can to make it to the top?  The key to success is to understand the talent landscape and then strategically lay out a plan to advance your career. Here are 6 strategies to propel your career forward:

1. Determine Who’s at the Front of the Line

“Know how long you’ll be in line. If you are the number two executive and the current C-suite leader is young, well-liked, and only two years into her tenure, you’re looking at a lengthy wait. Conversely, if you’re the heir apparent and your boss has said he would like to do something new in one to two years, your time may be close at hand” recommends Cisco Systems’ Cassandra Frangos, VP Global Executive & Organizational Development. (Source: Harvard Business Review: How to Get on the Shortlist for the C-Suite)

2. Build a Strategic Focus

Making it to the C-Suite requires that you go beyond your functional role according to Harvard Business Review (HBR).

Broaden your experience and reputation by taking on stretch assignments.  And don’t be afraid to step up and state your desire to take on a more challenging leadership role delivering key initiatives, such as a merger or acquisition, or managing a new subsidiary.

3. Raise Your Profile 

Too often we have our heads down immersed in the critical demands of our roles, but it is important to also be organizationally savvy – that is, to be keenly aware of what’s going on across the organization. Networking within your division is great but expanding that network across the organization will produce better results faster. As you make these connections, listen in to learn about the critical issues impacting other divisions and determine how you can collaborate to deliver results.

4. Build a Roster of Champions

There is an abundance of influence at your disposal when you create a network of champions to support your career success. These invaluable connections can help open doors by promoting your achievements and being your advocate.

5. Know Yourself

Consider your leadership style and play to it to carve out your unique and value-added brand.  HBR highlights three unique styles. Are you a ‘disrupter’ who shakes up organizations and drives change?  A ‘turnaround leader’ who fixes failing operations? Or, are you a ‘stabilizer,’ called on to maintain profitability and growth in mature businesses?  Figure out your leadership sweet spot and use it to achieve results that make you stand out as C-Suite potential.

6. Close Your Gaps

In addition to understanding your strengths, also determine your development areas and work quickly to close the gap. Ask your manager and your mentors for critical feedback as to how you are perceived as a leader, what your strengths are and, most importantly, your leadership blindspots?

Then, be proactive about bridging the distance between where you are and where you’d like to be.  Work with your manager, mentor or an Executive Coach to devise strategies to close the gap.  By doing so you demonstrate to senior leaders you know how to work with criticism, are focused on learning and developing, and have the willingness and capability to address challenges and grow from them. 

Making it to the top of the corporate ladder requires more than just grit and determination. It takes planning and the ability to think long-term and big-picture. These career advancement tips can launch you on the trajectory to the career growth you desire.

Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional.  She has a reputation as a highly sought after Career Consultant and she has been referred to as "an absolute expert at navigating the complex territory of career advancement.” Joanne provides leadership coaching as well as career transition coaching, career planning workshops, and job search services (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, and interview practice) for Professionals and Executives. Copyright 2018 JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved.

Accelerate your Performance and Enhance your Success

Joanne Loberg, Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional, is committed and highly skilled in supporting executives and emerging leaders to envision, strategize and accelerate their career success.

Coaching focuses on strategies for excelling in organizations and overcoming road blocks to success. Joanne asks challenging questions that provide insight and clarity. Once your goals are articulated, Joanne coaches you to develop and implement strategies that deliver results.

Let’s connect for a complimentary 20-minute telephone consultation to determine what you can do to move your career forward.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers Inc

Applicant Tracking Systems: What You Need to Know When Job Searching

Applying for jobs with large corporations and government agencies?  Often their recruitment teams use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to electronically screen the hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of applications they receive each day.  And only "25% of applicants make it through the initial electronic resume screening process" (source: Elizabeth Magill: Big Interview)

To be successful in today’s competitive job market, you need an accomplishment and keyword-rich resume that can be easily converted into a Text based resume to ensure these ATS select your resume.

How Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) Work

These resume robots remove all formatting from your resume and then scan for specific recognized keywords and phrases.  Next, they sort the content of your resume into four categories:  1. Education, 2. Contact Information, 3. Skills, 4. Work Experience.  Your resume is then scored related to these keywords.  If your rating is high enough, your resume is added to the list of potential interview candidates.

It All Starts with the Job Posting

The first step in optimizing your resume is to fully review the job posting you are targeting.  Highlight keywords noting the skills and experience required.  Next, update the Profile and Professional Experience sections of your resume to ensure you are using these keywords. 

Making it easy:  Use Cloud Services to help develop your resume.  TagCrowd  will identify the keywords in the job posting along with the frequency of these words.  Just copy and paste the job posting into TagCrowd and it will generate a list of keywords that need to appear in your resume.  Inversely you can do the same for your resume to determine if you have noted the required keywords.

Formatting for ATS

As ATS are using algorithms to review resumes, Magill suggests you:

  • Repeatedly use the keywords and phrases.  Ideally these should be repeated a minimum of two or three times.
  • Don’t just add keywords but instead create meaningful bullets describing how you used this skill and the outcome or results you gained. 
  • Delete your headers and footers.
  • Don’t just use acronyms.  To ensure your resume gets picked up spell out your titles, degrees and certifications as well as other industry lingo to cover all your bases.
  • Note your address including your postal code as some resume robots will eliminate your application if this is missing.

Then, streamline your resume presentation and delete any fancy formatting, graphics, logos, tables or columns.  Business Insider recommends you use font size 11 and Verdana or Tahoma font styles to ensure scanning ease. 

Lastly, don’t worry about the length of your resume.  ATS formatted resumes are much longer due to the fact you need a separate line for each piece of information.  i.e. the company name is on a separate line from the title of the role, and so follows with your dates of employment. 

When dealing with these ATS resume robots we basically have two objectives:  1. delete any fancy formatting in order to create an easily scannable resume, and 2. get busy using keywords and phrases throughout your resume to highlight your relevant skills and experience.

Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional.  She has a reputation as a highly sought after Career Consultant and she has been referred to as "an absolute expert at navigating the complex territory of career advancement.” Joanne provides leadership coaching as well as career transition coaching, career planning workshops, and job search services (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, and interview practice) for Professionals and Executives. Copyright 2018 JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved.

Not Landing Interviews?

JL Careers specializes in working with professionals and executives to develop accomplishment-based resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles that grab recruiters' attention. Let’s connect for a complimentary 20-minute telephone Career Consultation to determine what you need to do to start landing interviews and job offers today.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers Inc
 

5 Tips for Networking in a Small City

Vancouver-based JL Careers provides career management and leadership strategies for Executives and Professionals across North America.  As a media contributor Joanne Loberg was quoted in Huffington Post’s – 5 tips for Networking in a Small City on creative ways to network and connect when you are looking for a new job.  
 
If you are interested in JL Careers contributing to a segment on career planning, transition or leadership coaching please contact us.

Want to Stand Out in Your Job Search? Brand Yourself

How did Sheryl Sandberg land the role of COO at Facebook?  It’s not just because she had an impressive resume or noteworthy references. The reason she scored this top position in a Fortune 500 company is because she built an outstanding personal brand.

From a marketing perspective, branding helps companies carve out a niche within their chosen industry. It provides a unique identity and enables them to stand out from the competition.

That same concept can also be applied to people through career branding. A career brand enables prospective employers to easily understand who you are, what professional skills you bring to the table and whether you would be a good fit within their organization. Like traditional branding, career branding also allows you to differentiate yourself from other candidates.

“All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.”  - Tom Peters, 'The Red Bull of Management Thinkers' in an interview with Fast Company.

A career branding statement can be used when discussing your career development plan with your manager, during your networking activities, when promoting yourself in interviews or when evaluating job opportunities to ensure they align with what is most important to you. In other words, it’s like a blueprint for your future success.

So, what exactly does the process of career branding entail? Well, it’s a lot more than just brushing up your resume and keeping your LinkedIn profile up to date. Rather than a one-off or temporary activity, creating and maintaining your own personal brand should be part of a long-term career strategy. In fact, career branding is so important that I often speak to professional associations, students and special interest groups on the topic: Crafting a Compelling Career Brand

How to Develop Your Career Brand

Start by answering the following questions:

Question 1:  What skills do you most enjoy using?

Over the years, you’ve probably amassed dozens of skills. The key here is to distill them down to just a couple of main selling points that will tell prospective employers that you know your stuff. Be honest and authentic about what your strengths truly are.

As Pamela Rucker of the CIO Executive Council put it: "People need to find out what those one or two things are and then define themselves.” For instance, perhaps you are particularly adept at project management. This might make you especially valuable to a prospective employer who is seeking expertise in that area.

Question 2:  What work do you want to attract more of in your career? 

It’s easy to focus on what you don’t want, but this will only generate more of the same. It does nothing to propel you forward. Instead, focus on the job and/or work duties that energize you.  For example, do you enjoy turning around underperforming operations, or resolving complex procurement problems, or working with a specific type of client group? 

Then, add this area of interest and expertise to your career branding statement to clarify what you want more of so your network can respond by providing leads regarding upcoming projects, job vacancies, clients who need your services, networking contacts and more.  Need help answering this question? Check out my article 4 C’s to getting ‘unstuck’.

Question 3:  What influence or impact do you want to have?

Lastly, figure out what type of impact you want your work to have on the environment around you. Perhaps you want to create work cultures where people love coming to work. Or maybe you’d like to be a top account manager or lead an organization to achieve industry awards. 

Writing Your Career Branding Statement

Use this formula to craft your Career Brand:

"I specialize in using my skills in _____(question 1)_______

to attract ______(question 2) _______________

to impact (OR) influence ___________(question 3)________.

So, using myself as a Career Coach as an example, my statement would look something like this:  “I specialize in using my coaching skills, and job search and career advancement expertise to attract professionals who are job searching or feeling stuck in their careers and help them to build rewarding and highly engaging careers.”

Remember, your career brand needs to be clear, concise and to the point.  Avoid fancy jargon or eloquent statements which only confuse the listener.  Really want to ensure your branding statement works?  Try it out on your mentor or a trusted advisor.  If they don’t readily understand what you do, go back to the blackboard and simplify. 

Finally, remember, everything else out there – the job listings, your present and future colleagues, the prospective employers – all of those things already exist. The one thing that doesn’t is how you will position yourself and differentiate yourself. That is where your career brand statement comes into play.

Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional.  She has a reputation as a highly sought after Career Consultant and she has been referred to as "an absolute expert at navigating the complex territory of career advancement.” Joanne provides leadership coaching as well as career transition coaching, career planning workshops, and job search services (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, and interview practice) for Professionals and Executives. Copyright 2018 JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved.

Wishing you much career success!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers Inc

What to Do When You are Overqualified for the Posted Job

Vancouver-based JL Careers provides career management and leadership strategies for Executives and Professionals across North America.

As a media contributor Joanne Loberg shares her insights with Nick Patch of Workopolis on what to do if you are overqualified for a job but really want to work for the organization.  Do you apply and hope for the best, or is there another more effective way to get your foot in the door with this employer?  Read more:  How to land a job when you’re overqualified

If you are interested in JL Careers contributing to a segment on career planning, transition or leadership coaching please contact us.

 

100 Women Who Care

Monday, March 5th at 6pm at Steamworks in Gastown
See how you can be part of positive change.

100Women Vancouver raises $40,000+ a year for local charities in four hours over the course of a year.  100+ women who care about local community causes and who are committed to community service, meet quarterly for one hour.  We jointly select a local charity or not-for-profit organization; then each write a $100 cheque to the selected organization and watch how the group’s commitment turns into a $10,000+ donation.  We do this four times a year and witness how $40,000 can improve the lives of our neighbours when placed in the hands of deserving grass-roots agencies working to serve the local community.

If You:

  • Are committed to helping others in our community but are stretched for time
  • Want to be part of a powerful group of local women making an immediate, direct and positive effect on the lives of our neighbours
  • Want 100% of your donations to go directly to local charity
  • Want to learn more about the many worthy community service programs and organizations servicing Vancouverites.

Join us at our next meeting:  Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 6pm at Steamworks in Gastown

Come early to mingle, eat, drink –
Pre-networking between 5-6pm
Meeting starts promptly at 6-7pm
Post-networking/Cheque Payment between 7-8pm

Register at:  http://www.100womenvan.com/?page_id=22

 

Are You Doing Work You Love?

Why are you doing the work you are doing?  Does it align with what’s most important to you?  Is it something you are passionate about? 

According to Deloitte’s Shift Index survey, 80% of people are dissatisfied with their jobs.  Many of us were told to work hard and we would have a great career.  But working hard doesn’t necessarily mean you are passionate about what you are doing and are interested in your work. 

A passionate career fully engages you and holds your attention.  The key to career success is to first get clear about what you love to do.

Find Out What Motivates You

Your first step is to clarify what’s most important to you.  Scott Dinsmore, creator of Live Your Legend,  in his TED Talk, How to find work you love recommends you:
 

  1. "Become a self expert".  Identify your unique strengths and talents.  Feeling stuck?  Check out: 4 Cs to Get You Unstuck.
     
  2. Uncover your values.  These are core to what is most important to you – family, achievement and challenge are some examples.  Rewarding careers align with these key values and keep you energized and committed.
     
  3. Determine what holds your interest.  Looking at your work and volunteer experiences - what do you most enjoy doing, and conversely what activities drain you?  At JL Careers we use Harvard’s CareerLeader, MBTI, Strong Indicator and other career tests to help you gain insight into your skills and passions. 

If you have clarity as to these 3 elements, you are well on your way to a great career.

What’s Holding You Back?

What are the buts and excuses that keep you where you are?  Common excuses: 
 

  • It’s all about luck.  Ask any successful person – it’s never about standing around waiting for it to happen – they make it happen.
     
  • I need more time.   Overthinking only leads to self-doubt and paralysis.
     
  • You have to be a genius.  In a survey of top CEOs, less than 1% were high school valedictorians.   The fiber of success is believing you are competent, no matter your IQ.
     
  • I just need to work hard.   Yes, working hard is the foundation to building a great career but only if you are doing work you love and are passionate about.  Otherwise, it’s just work.

Keith Ferrazzi, best selling author and networking expert, asks: “What glass ceilings are holding you back?” And to break through, he questions: "Are these addictions – addictions to mediocracy?"

What is the story you believe about yourself?  Is it time to break through those self-limiting beliefs and change your story?

Is Fear Getting in the Way?

We often believe it’s better to maintain the status quo and not rock the boat.  This may be driven by fear - fear we will upset the apple cart, disrupt our relationships, look ridiculous or fail. In a very humorous TED Talk, Why you will fail to have a great career, Larry Smith calls out the excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.  He challenges us to consider the cost of not pursuing who you truly are.  Is this the dialogue you want to pass to your children?  And looking back over your life, do you want to say, ‘I should have but I didn’t’.

Surround yourself with Passionate People

Successful people do one thing very well, they seek out people who inspire them.  “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” advises Jim Rohn, renowned business leader.  For many of us that’s a sobering thought.  If you want to be successful in any aspect of your life (career, health, relationships, money) invest time with those who are ahead of you.  By assimilation you will build new success habits.  Believe me – this works! 

The key is to find others who are passionate about what you are interested in.  Then, create an Inner Circle of individuals committed to your success.  Read more in Who’s Got Your Back.

Say "Yes" More Often

What if you said 'Yes' more often.  When a door opens what if you seized the opportunity instead of analyzing your options?  If you said ‘Yes’ today and pushed through the self talk that holds you back, how would your life be different?

Are You Doing Work You Love?

No matter where you are in your career – you have a choice to be bold, courageous and starting today, shift your internal dialogue.  It takes guts, determination and most importantly a plan of action.  If we can be of help to get you on track to your dream career call us today for a complimentary consultation

‘Building career success’ is our goal for our clients and we are committed to ensuring you have the tools, strategies and coaching support to reach your goals.  We’d love to assist in making this an outstanding year for you.

Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional.  She has a reputation as a highly sought after Career Consultant and she has been referred to as "an absolute expert at navigating the complex territory of career advancement.” Joanne provides leadership coaching as well as career transition coaching, career planning workshops, and job search services (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, and interview practice) for Professionals and Executives. Copyright 2018 JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved

Wishing you a great year ahead that brings success, great health and much happiness,

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers Inc

Is Your Job Search Taking Too Long?

You’ve been unemployed for what seems like ages, and you are feeling frustrated with your lack of progress. You know you’ve got marketable skills and would make a great addition to any team. So, why is nobody hiring you?

While there’s no magic answer or one-size-fits-all solution, there are certain things you can and should do in the interim to improve your chances of re-employment.

Stay in the know about your industry

Keep up with industry trends, changes and shifts.  Review local business journals and directories such as Business in Vancouver – Book of Lists to see who’s trending as an industry leader in your sector.  Identify companies in growth mode as they will likely be seeking new talent.  Your research will also provide you with relevant topics for small talk when networking and will demonstrate that your knowledge is current during interviews.

Upgrade your skills

Your industry research will uncover new technologies and in-demand skills that may require you to engage in training to maintain your industry edge.  This training provides an excellent response to a recruiter’s inquiry as to what you’ve been doing over the past 6 (or more) months. You can then discuss how you have been building your skills portfolio to address and prepare for changing industry needs.

Ensure you are putting your best resume foot forward

Engage JL Careers to do a Resume Critique  to ensure your resume is highlighting your track record of success and key accomplishments related to the jobs you are targeting. A targeted resume can position you as a lead candidate as you are speaking directly to the needs of the hiring manager in that sector.  

If you have begun consulting or contracting your services, add this to your resume to further demonstrate your expertise. And don’t forget to update your resume with any recent training.

Come up with a backup plan

Maybe your ideal job is the CEO of a technology firm but, there are limited opportunities in the local job market. Consider a secondary job objective – i.e. a VP role in a larger tech firm or CEO of a tech start up. Or, consider launching into contracting or consulting to close the gap until you land your ideal job. Being flexible might be the key to your success. If feasible, looking outside of your city might be the quick ticket to your re-employment. 

Keep networking! 

Get involved with your professional association. Link back with all of your earlier networking contacts and reconnect over coffee.  Be sure to tell everyone you are looking for a new opportunity – and deliver your compelling elevator pitch that clearly defines who you are and how you add value to organizations. Keep in mind you are more than at job title.  Speak about your areas of expertise and the key issues or problems you resolve for organizations. 

Conduct an interview audit

An interview audit can help you identify and overcome any interview challenges that may be standing in your way. After each interview, go through the questions that were asked and evaluate your responses. The goal is to practice your answers until you can effectively convey your expertise with passion and confidence. The more you do this, the better you will get.

Do something every day to keep your spirits high and your body moving

There is a strong correlation between feeling down in the dumps and lack of physical movement. Even if it’s just for 20 minutes a day, do something to keep the juices flowing. Sometimes just a short walk around the block can dramatically shift a negative attitude to one of hope and optimism. 

Above all else, don’t give up. As the great Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional.  She has a reputation as a highly sought after Career Consultant and she has been referred to as "an absolute expert at navigating the complex territory of career advancement.” Joanne provides leadership coaching as well as career transition coaching, career planning workshops, and job search services (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, and interview practice) for Professionals and Executives. Copyright 2017 JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved.

Wishing you much job search success!

Joanne Loberg
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional
JL Careers Inc

Ready…Set…Launch! Career Support for New Grads

JL Careers supports FUSE Careers launch!   FUSE is the go-to source for the  career planning needs of post-secondary students and new graduates. 

Heather Claridge, Founder and CEO of FUSE Careers, is hosting a free info session for students and parents during which you will learn about a step by step career discovery and launch process, essential tools, and where to start. 

To register for this Wednesday, November 8, 6:30pm event at Hollyburn Country Club, click here.

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