About the Book

YOU DESERVE A CAREER YOU LOVE – HERE’S HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN

Thoughtful planning and targeted action can make loving your career a reality. This book shows you how. Living Your Best Career is packed with practical, proven strategies you can use immediately to make your work life more fulfilling and meaningful. Whether you are just entering the job market or are an experienced professional, this book will equip you with specific tools to put your career on the right track – and keep it there.

You’ll learn:

  • Effective, practical methods to propel your career forward
  • What to do when you’re not sure if it’s time to look for a new job
  • How to shine in job interviews and negotiate your next offer
  • Strategies to build your personal network of contacts and transform that network into an engaged group of advocates

Table Of Contents

Developing a meaningful, fulfilling career does not happen by accident, even for top performers. Careers require intention, strategy and thoughtful execution. Intention, strategy, and execution start with the realization that you are the only person responsible for your career. Just as important: You have both the responsibility and the power to make the career you want – a career you will love.
Building a compelling plan for your career is exciting and empowering, but the impact of that plan is only as significant as your ability to deliver. A written – not just imagined – plan helps you recognize progress, helps you assess when you need to change directions, and helps keep you accountable to yourself.
Especially in the latter half of your career, who you know can be more important than what you know. Active management of your relationships throughout your career, not just when you need support, is critical to maximizing the support when you need it.
You don’t need to do this alone. Identify and use the resources that are out there.
No matter how great a fit for your career any job is on Day One, it can change over time – and so can your goals. To keep your career moving in the direction of your ultimate (and evolving) objectives, you must regularly reassess, and intervene when necessary.
Unless you know what you want from your next job, you’ll never find it. However, knowing what you want is not always as easy as it seems. Satisfaction and happiness come from creating sustainable balance across all important facets of your life – not from merely maximizing one aspect.
Having a compelling brand is essential to standing out in the recruiting process and is key to earning opportunities. Being impressive but not memorable, or being capable but not obvious, are barriers that regularly prevent talented people from moving forward.

Careers are shaped as much by who you know as by what you know. Invest in your long-term success by taking intentional measures to curate and cultivate your relationships.

During the recruiting process, you may think employers are in control because they get to decide if you are qualified for their job. But remember that you have immense power in this process through your ability to say “no” to a job. Before inviting a company to assess you, make sure that you would want to say “yes” to them.

Remember, while you might be able to improve your career situation with a change in companies, leaving isn’t always the best option. Listen to both your brain and your gut as you evaluate whether an external move would really be better than an internal one – or not moving at all.
Whether the search for a job is an exciting pursuit of new opportunities or a terrifying necessity, most people tend to throw themselves into search activities without first setting up a clear plan. Early planning – before you send off a single resume – takes time at the outset, but ultimately makes for a shorter, more efficient search, and leads to a better destination.
The people you know create relationship capital that makes you valuable to potential employers and can help lead you to opportunities you might otherwise never find. It also is a key factor in your success while in any job – not just during transition.
Researching your potential employer early in the process can pay big dividends and prevent big problems. A little research can help you determine if you actually want to work for a specific company – and can help you figure out how best to sell yourself to that company.
Your resume is a strategically written marketing document customized to each specific audience and demonstrating your unique and thorough fit for the position you are seeking – not a static, comprehensive chronology of every job you have held.
Cover letters are your first opportunity to create a great first impression. Use your cover letter to tell a story that draws employers in and makes them want to get to know you better.

As difficult as getting a job is, keeping that job is sometimes a more significant challenge. Your goal is to do more than get a job – it’s to get a fulfilling job where you will be successful. So it’s a good idea to begin integrating into the company as early as your first interview. By taking integration and success into consideration before you join a company, you increase your chances for sustained success and improve your decision-making during the recruiting process.

Look at interviews as an opportunity to shine. But to shine your brightest, know that you need to prepare effectively – and know how.
Once you’ve been offered a job, emotions can take over, and even the smartest job-seekers can struggle to make good decisions about their job offer. Preparing an objective process to consider your options will help you make a confident decision. When you organize your approach before getting your offers, you have a better chance of bringing your gut and your head into alignment.

Ready to start taking control of your career and living your dreams?

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