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The hardest part of job hunting for most women is maintaining confidence and perseverance.
It gets especially hard when you’re not currently employed.
And it’s even harder to stay confident these days because our usual ways of connecting and networking have all become virtual.
It’s hard to remain optimistic and hopeful when you apply for jobs online and then hear nothing back from a potential employer.
You wonder “Did they decide I’m not the right candidate? Is the job even open anymore? Have they already hired someone else?”
The silence can be deafening…and defeating.
Without having projects to work on, colleagues to have conversations with, a manager to give feedback and successes to feel good about, confidence can take a real nose dive.
And once confidence tanks, perseverance wanes and moments of hopelessness become all too familiar.
And that not only feels absolutely awful, but finding the motivation to take the actions needed to get the new job becomes almost impossible.
Spending extra time in bed becomes real.
Not a desirable place by any means.
These are all experiences that women job seekers, I’ve worked with have had.
Women tend to aim too low when seeking a new position to start with, so when they do a job search alone, these experiences make a bad situation worse.
The truth is that most women have more to offer than they even realize. These days organizations are paying a lot more attention to diversity and inclusion. They know they need more women leaders in bigger roles and many of them have mandates to make that happen.
If you are interested in a next level role, where you can make contributions that matter to you, have more money and be happier at home and at work, you first need to be clear about what you want and why you want it.
When I ask women what they want in their next leadership role, they usually cannot articulate clearly and succinctly what that is. Knowing what you want, plus knowing without a shadow of a doubt that you can get what you want is the first step to a confidence that is unshakable.
During any job seeking process, you have to know how to:
If you're in the middle of a job search, you'll enjoy my Land A Job You’ll Love program because we need more talented women leaders in roles where they can be successful and happy.
I wanted to prevent any more women from struggling alone when searching for a new role.
The response from women who have gone through the program so far has been very positive.
Even if you are starting a job search or thinking about starting one, this program can help you land a job you’ll love.
To get started reply to this email or call me on my cell at 612-598-6614 and we can talk.
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You deserve to land a great new job.
Until next time,
I’ve been thinking about "next level leadership."
In a recent Executive Women’s Roundtable session, the topic of next level leadership came up.
Later, I pondered the question “What does next level leadership mean?” It obviously caught the attention of the Director and VP level women that afternoon.
I think we are always wondering what our next step is on our leadership journey. Sometimes it is a question in the back of our mind. Other times it becomes a question that is front and center.
For my coaching clients, next level leadership becomes front and center at three specific times:
1. When they have been recently hired or promoted into a new role.
2. When they are in transition after a layoff.
3. When they have been successful in roles they were tapped on the shoulder for, and are now wondering what do I REALLY want?
When I think about next level leadership, I know that the energy and passion for it takes a nose dive, if I believe there is a right way, or prescribed way I’m supposed to be when at my next level.
When I ask the questions:
• What do I want to be when leading at my next level?
• What does next level leadership mean to me?
• How can I make a difference that matters to me as a next level leader?
Then my curiosity kicks in.
My energy goes up and I get that sweet feeling of wonder and excitement in my bones. It becomes a process of discovery and connection to what I want to do with my strengths, talents, experience and passion.
I think connecting to all of those wonders ignites next level leaders with the desire to make a clear difference and bring the passion our world now needs in its leaders.
This is probably why I love coaching, especially women leaders to get to their next level. It’s all about their discovery of who they are now, what they love to do, how they want to contribute and the creation of a next level role they will love.
I’ve seen leaders get there and it’s a marvelous thing, not only for the leaders themselves but also for the people they lead and love.
I’m curious, what does next level leadership mean to you?
Until next time,
P.S. If you’d like to know how to get to your next level of leadership with passion and excitement, schedule a call with me. I’d love to show you the way!
Rita@Wiseleader.net or 612-598-6614.
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