Embracing Support In Your Job Search Journey: The Power of Networking and CoachingAug 02, 2023
"Sometimes asking for help is the bravest move you can make. You don't have to go it alone."
Welcome to August! I trust you're enjoying your summer and hope you're coping with the extreme heat by staying hydrated and cool.
Seeking out your next career move can be a daunting experience, leaving even the most experienced job seekers feeling stressed, frustrated, and stuck.
Many of us tend to shy away from seeking guidance and support or reaching out to our network for help and advice. However, leveraging the power of your network connections and partnering with an experienced executive job search coach can make all the difference in securing the right position faster with confidence and less stress.
In this month's newsletter, we'll explore how stepping out of your comfort zone and seeking assistance can elevate your job search and set you on the fast path to landing your next opportunity.
Embracing Support In Your Job Search Journey: The Power of Networking and Coaching
In the pursuit of career success and fulfillment, we all encounter obstacles and challenges that can leave us feeling overwhelmed and unsure. It's natural to experience self-doubt or resistance when seeking help or support (guilty🙋♀️ as charged!), especially during a job search.
Some high-achieving leaders resist asking for advice, support or assistance due to:
- The fear of being judged or fear of failure. However, even the most successful leaders face challenges or find themselves in unfamiliar territory. Seeking help is a sign of strength, showing a commitment to personal growth and self-improvement.
- The desire to protect one's self-image, fearing it might be misconstrued as a lack of capability. Yet time and time again, collaboration and coaching have proven to benefit even the most effective executives.
- The fear of burdening others or not knowing what to say.
It's a well-known fact that leveraging and expanding your network is the #1 job search strategy that will make all the difference in finding the right position faster.
Why Tap Into Your Network?
Access to Hidden Job Opportunities - Networking not only opens doors to job opportunities but can also expedite your job search. Many positions are not publicly advertised, and companies often prefer hiring candidates through referrals. Being referred by someone within the company increases your visibility, makes you a known entity and increases their trust in your abilities.
Navigating Industry Insights - Your network can provide valuable insights into specific industries and companies. Staying informed about current trends, opportunities and challenges can give you a competitive edge in your job search.
Referrals and Recommendations - Strong relationships within your network may lead to potential referrals or recommendations. Recommendations from trusted contacts carry significant weight and can enhance your chances of securing job interviews and offers.
Increased Confidence and Support - Reaching out to your network for advice and to help make introductions can boost your confidence. Knowing that people genuinely want to help and support you in your journey provides a sense of motivation and more positive outlook on your search.
Building Meaningful Connections - Networking isn't just about finding a job; it's about building lasting relationships. The connections you nurture today may lead to future career opportunities, professional collaborations and opportunities to help others. Remember, networking is a give-and-take process that can bring mutual benefits throughout your career.
Why Work With An Executive Job Search Coach?
Proven Strategies and Tips - An executive job search coach specializes in guiding mid- to senior-level corporate job seekers throughout the often-challenging job market. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge about the job market and a proven framework filled with strategies and tips that work best for mid- to senior-level executives (hint: they're more advanced and put you in control of your search), thus saving you time, effort and frustration.
Fast-Tracking Your Search - With a coach by your side, you can explore new possibilities, gain fresh insights, and acquire advanced skills that increase your confidence and fast-track your journey to landing your next position.
Personalized Guidance - Every search is unique and an executive job search coach tailors their approach to your specific needs, situation and goals. They help identify your strengths, blind spots, unique value proposition, and the best strategy that aligns with your goals and aspirations.
Interviewing and Negotiating Skills - An executive job search coach can help you polish your interviewing and negotiating skills, ensuring that you present yourself confidently and effectively. These skills are critical for making a strong impression and securing desirable job offers.
Valuable Resources - An executive coach can provide you with valuable resources like cover letter samples, outreach emails to your network, headhunter connections, thank you email templates, and scripts for various situations such as conversations with your network, negotiating offers, etc. Say goodbye to scratching your head wondering what to say and how best to say it!
Emotional Support and Encouragement - Job search can be overwhelming, stressful and lead to self-doubt. A coach can reduce your stress and be your accountability partner, providing emotional support and encouragement during the ups and downs of your job search journey. Having someone in your corner can make a significant difference in staying motivated, focused and prepared.
In conclusion, embracing support from your network and working with an executive job search coach can significantly impact your job search journey. Networking opens doors to hidden job opportunities and fosters meaningful connections. Coaching provides you with proven strategies, skill development, valuable resources, and emotional support -- all of which propel you towards your next career opportunity with renewed confidence and intention.
"Do something today that your future self will thank you for."
~ Sean Patrick Flanery
From Search To Success Collective: Landing Your Dream Corporate Role With Confidence and Intention
Update on the Founders Round
The Founders Round participants are approaching the final week of their 12-week training, implementation and live support calls, and will continue receiving coaching, guidance and support from me for another 12 weeks.
The participants have been highly engaged, reached major milestones in their job search, and experienced a-ha moments on a weekly basis!
One of the most rewarding aspects of the program is the camaraderie and support among the participants. 🤗
🎉🎉 Client win! Before joining the Collective, the participant struggled with finding the right opportunities and getting responses from their network. However, just 2 months after joining our 12-week program, they landed a fabulous offer by uncovering a job opportunity through their network and nailing their interviews. 🍾 They credit their success to acknowledging their previous approach wasn't working, embracing new strategies taught in the program and using the provided templates and powerful scripts in their job search. 🎉🎉
Here is some of the positive feedback from the participants:
"I wish I would have found you sooner! It would have saved me weeks of frustration and spinning my wheels!"
"Thank you, Audie, for the support, encouragement and validation."
"I'm so glad I found you!"
"Great feedback and insight, Audie. Thanks for your wisdom and guidance."
The next From Search to Success Collective cohort is starting in early September!
✨ Join the waitlist and be among the first to hear when enrollment opens this month, click here. Limited spots available! ✨
This program could be for you if ...
- You're an experienced corporate leader/executive actively seeking your next opportunity and are having a hard time uncovering the right opportunities, securing interviews or offers.
- You're ready to start looking for a new opportunity and want expert guidance and support to fast track your search from Day 1 (and skip the frustrating "trial and error" stage).
- You're a mid- to senior-level corporate professional intent on advancing your career or finding a better fit at another company.
- You're prepared to take (imperfect) action and can commit a minimum of 5 hours per week to the program and your job search.
- You're open to learning, trying new concepts and strategies, and are coachable.
- You have a friendly and collaborative attitude.
✨ Join the waitlist and be among the first to hear when enrollment opens again this month, click here. Limited spots available! ✨
(Feel free to share this with other corporate leaders & executives you feel could benefit from it.)
Note: A small group environment isn't for everyone. If you prefer to work with me via 1:1 coaching and would like to schedule a complimentary consult call, click here. I look forward to speaking with you!
In closing, I hope you enjoyed this month's newsletter and received a lot of value out of it. What questions do you have? What topics would you like me to write about in future newsletters? Please let me know!
I'll be back next month with other valuable job search tips, strategies, mindset shifts and light bulb moments. 💡
Thank you for being part of my community! ❤
To your career success,
P.S. Attention mid- to late-career corporate leaders and executives!
If you're looking for help to confidently:
- Create a strong and compelling resume and LinkedIn profile so you stand out and get noticed
- Uncover great job opportunities before your competition does
- Create a steady stream of meaningful networking conversations and interviews (making being ghosted and having little to no conversations/interviews a thing of the past!)
- Prepare for and nail your interviews so you consistently move onto the next step in the interview process
- Negotiate your offer(s)
- AND want to have access to a highly experienced job search expert (personally and professionally) for questions that come up, situations you're not sure how to handle or respond to, and someone to strategize with, let's talk!! Click here to schedule a complimentary 40-minute consultation.