CareerHMO Career Coaching for Job Search Fri, 22 May 2015 18:25:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Job Hunting the Smart Way (Not the Hard Way) by Cindi Wirawan Wed, 13 May 2015 20:35:32 +0000 girlglasses



There’s only two ways you can approach job search: the hard way and the smart way.

Here are some differences between the two:

Hard way:

Applying for jobs with poorly written resume that you spent hours working on (or money if you engaged a resume writer) and getting zero response.

Smart way:

  • Revamping your resume to make it reader friendly, impactful, and keyword optimized.
  • Tracking your job applications diligently.
  • Proactively following up with every single application instead of waiting around and blaming the bad economy.

Hard way:

Posting your resume on every single job board you can think of, including Gumtree (or your local classified ads). Think of it this way, if you see a girl’s dating profile on every single online dating platform out there, what would you think of that girl? Suddenly not so desirable after all, huh?

Smart way:

  • Being selective about where your resume is posted on.
  • Doing your homework and making sure you have control on who’s allowed to view your resume and access your personal details. You don’t want to get calls for irrelevant jobs, and you don’t want your resume to be sent out by recruiters without your permission.

Hard way:

Spamming your resume or announcing your unemployment status to your network or recruiters you come across. “I’m looking for a job, can you help me?” is one of the most annoying lines I get as a recruiter. Recruiters are not magicians who can pull any job you want out of their hats. Not only does this take a lot of effort, it is absolutely a waste of your time, your contact’s time and a recruiter’s time.

Smart way:

  • Choosing the right people to approach, crafting the right message and nurturing those relationships by adding value to their lives. For example, you can send them relevant articles or leave comments on their Linkedin posts.
  • Getting to know the good agency recruiters in your field, and networking with them.
  • Clicking the send button on your resume only when you have pre-qualified that person and that they would be in a position to help you in your job search, such as by referring you internally in their companies.

Learn more about Cindi’s Career Coaching HERE>

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Promoted Above My Peers – Now What? by Lisa Adams Thu, 07 May 2015 20:07:30 +0000 getting promoted

There have been 2 times in my corporate career in which I have been promoted above my peers. It’s thrilling and satisfying. The challenge became, for me, how to shift from peer to manager.

In one situation, I was not so good at it. In my second round, I was better prepared. It still was not perfect, my peers will tell you that, but it was better. In round one, I jumped in, focused on tasks, and burned some bridges. In round 2, I jumped right in, focused on people first, and saw more success. I loved both jobs. I loved the additional responsibility. I loved my teams. I respected the companies. I learned much. In the end, I did some significant work and still have friendships from both jobs to this day.

Now it is your turn. You’ve been promoted above your peers or even, do we say it, friends. How does it feel? Good in one sense, terrifying in another? You have achieved the next level and should be proud of your work. On the other end, you are now challenged with managing previous peers. What do you do?

Now What?

First, celebrate your accomplishment with close friends and family. I think too often we don’t stop and smell the roses enough. No need for a weekend bash, but a “good job” dinner is definitely in order. Once that is complete here is what you need to do next.

Set the Tone

Your biggest adjustment, if this is your first management role, is to mentally shift from thinking “all about the task” to “people matter”. People do matter and how well your team works together will determine your level of success in management.

The tone or mindset you have in making this shift from peer to manager is huge. If you behave overly authoritative, you could offend the team. If you are too wishy-washy, you’ll lose respect. You have gained the respect of your manager and possibly your team, after all you were promoted, but don’t sit back on your laurels. Work to earn your team’s respect every day.

1 on 1 Meetings

Develop a key management habit, immediately. Have weekly or bi-weekly, 30 minute, 1-on-1 meetings with each of your direct reports. Start this within your first 2 weeks. In these meetings, begin to set the tone for your leadership. Start with getting to know them better as their manager. Learn what each of them are working on regularly and ask if they need assistance / resources from you.

One key to employee engagement is for them to know that someone cares. Weekly meetings develop a consistent routine for them to “have your ear”. Overtime it will show that you care about them and the productivity of the team.

Your Behavior Matters

As a new leader, you will quickly learn that your actions speak louder than words and that you are always being watched, not in a creepy way. People will watch how you lead. All managers / leaders are being “watched / observed” whether we like it or not.

With that, know who you are as a professional and what your natural tendencies are in your behavior. Begin to observe that your natural style may be very different then some of your team members. Pay attention to how you interact in different situations.

Have Candid Conversations

Perhaps you gained the promotion but one of your co-workers, who also interviewed for the job, did not. They are probably feeling slighted and frustrated. Do not ignore this. Have a candid but caring conversation with this person. You want to gain their trust and have them be on “your” team. If they continue to feel slighted or ignored, they could be your worst and most dis-engaged team member.

You could start off with “I know this may be frustrating for you and awkward but I want you to know I value your expertise on the team and want us to work well together.” Bottom line, be caring and not ignore this issue.

Get Help

Find a mentor to help guide you through the waters of management. This could be your manager, a management / leadership coach, or another professional you admire. Either way, don’t go it alone. A mentor or coach can guide you through those difficult situations, help you to access your interaction style, and most importantly be an objective confident to which you can test out ideas.

To wrap this up, the most important next step is for you to build trust. Focus on the team and moving yourself forward. Not only will it all work out, you and your team will thrive. Leadwell.

In addition to the above, I would suggest reading up on Mistakes New Managers Make ( in order to avoid as many as possible.

Learn more about Lisa’s coaching HERE.

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3 Tips on Surviving a Networking Event by Kristen Burke Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:29:18 +0000 networking (2)

I always sign up for networking events months in advance with the best intentions, i dream about how popular I will be at the event and how many fabulous connections I will make that will catapult my career to star status. The week before the event my confidence start to waiver and by the day of the event I am desperately trying to think of ways to get out of going. I actually consider myself an extrovert but I always end up awkwardly standing on the outside of conversations wishing someone would include me. After many networking events, these are the 3 ways I have survived:

1. Get a drink

Now I am not suggesting you get drunk at the event or even consume alcohol at all, in fact I find that alcohol at networking events makes me more self conscience. My trick is to get club soda with a lime so it looks like a drink without the next day regrets. The best part about getting my drink is that I get to wait in line. It sounds strange but waiting in line is a great place to meet people. Chatting someone up in line feels a lot less forced than walking up to them in a crowd of people. It doesn’t have to be the drink line, any line will do… the longer the better.

2. Ask questions

Let’s face it, everyone likes to talk about themselves and the best way to get them to do that is to ask questions. I make a mental list of a few questions to ask people before the event so I don’t get stumped. One that always works for me is ” what an interesting field of work, how did you get into that?” Think of a few that feel natural to you and try them out. If you get people talking about themselves they will leave thinking what a great conversation they had. Getting information about them will also help you think of something personal to write in a follow up email or connection request on LinkedIn. As a bonus for the introverts out there, asking questions and listening is an area where you usually excel and feel most comfortable.

3. Volunteer

Volunteering at the event is my favorite strategy. Handing out name tags or signing people in gives you an opportunity to see who is that the event and make small talk. After meeting everyone who comes in it is much easier to start a conversation with them, say in the drink line. There is an added bonus of meeting other volunteers ahead of time so you know people going into the event and possibly get yourself a networking buddy. You can also mention to the other volunteers the connection you are really hoping to make and chances are someone knows that person and can introduce you.

After all your very successful networking events don’t forget to follow up with your connections! How have you survived networking events? Email me at Learn more about Kristen’s coaching HERE.

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Why You Need a Career Coach by Sueann Snodgrass Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:35:37 +0000 shutterstock_195219527

Were you recently laid off? Are you attempting to switch careers and find it challenging to get your “foot in the door?” Are you a recent college grad looking to land that first job? Are you being told you are too experienced/too expensive or not experienced enough? Are you happy at work but just wondering how to take your career to the next level? Are you waiting (and waiting and waiting) on a call from that resume you submitted through the good old applicant tracking system? (HINT: Only about 15% of applicants get jobs that way now, versus about 75% that get jobs through networking.) These are just a handful of reasons why you should invest your time and money in career coaching. This list goes on and on! The reason why I became a career coach is simple: to help people. I’ve worked in human resources and been a people manager for over 15 years. I’ve seen so many people unhappy at work, unable to find work, and just at their wits end with chronic job search pain. Does this sound familiar? As a career coach I can honestly say…I understand your pain!

At CareerHMO we have some core beliefs including every job is temporary, nobody can job search alone, we are all businesses of one, and brand of BE branded. So why a career coach you might ask? Well, let’s face it, if you really think about it, every job IS temporary, isn’t it? Are any jobs really guaranteed to be safe these days? Career coaching helps you to be prepared for that next step, it sharpens your skills, it teaches you how to network effectively, boosts your confidence, and allows you to take action because you just never know what might be in store for you.

Nobody can job search alone. Why you ask? Things have changed…A LOT. I see resumes every day with “references available upon request” (please take this off your resume right now) and read countless professional summaries that tell me candidates are highly qualified, motivated, team players. Guess what? EVERYONE is a highly qualified, motivated, team player. What I need to see is results…quantifiable achievements that tell me you can do the job and why I should call you right away before someone else scoops you up! (And by the way, this needs to be apparent immediately at a glance…recruiters only spend about 6 seconds skimming your resume, so every word counts!) Cover letters are no longer regurgitated resumes, they need to be disruptive and show the reader how you personally connect with the company you are applying at so that they then pick up your resume and CALL YOU! You simply can’t job search alone. You need a professional to guide you through current trends, the to-do’s and what not to-do’s. This may sound basic, but I can assure you so much has changed in recruiting & hiring and so much continues to change, it takes a career coach to help you navigate and break it all down with you.

We are all businesses of one and I am here to tell you that your personal brand DOES matter. One of the first things I do for anyone I interview is google their name and check out their LinkedIn. How you represent your “business of one” is critical in today’s job search world. Recruiters are looking you up on LinkedIn, checking out your public image, what you’ve been up to, and what you are all about. You need to be strategic in how you market yourself as a business of one and how your personal brand affects your job search. How can you do all this and still have time to complete everything else you need to do in a given day? A career coach! I help people build their personal brand, help you maximize and market yourself effectively on LinkedIn, and help you understand why this is all so important to you job search. You ARE your brand, how you present yourself WILL impact your job search, in a big way.

To sum it up, career coaching can save your tons of money, time, heartache, stress, anxiety, and help improve your confidence, lessen the time it takes you to land a job, or even get that next promotion. You are not alone. I understand your pain and I have a way to help alleviate it. All you have to do is believe in yourself, take that first step, and give career coaching a try. I am confident that you will be happy with the results!

Find out about Sueann’s coaching HERE

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Is it Time for Your Professional Self Check-Up? by Howard Alexander Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:43:03 +0000 checkup

You may have noticed some people never routinely go for their checkup every 6 months to a year, even though it is important. However, just like our health it is important to have a “Professional Self” checkup. Just like our health, we tend to forget no matter the level of experience we have, we must evaluate the skills we gained each year and not just wait for our yearly evaluation to come around.
Three questions we should ask ourselves during this checkup.

1. What new skill did I gain or have refined this year?

Believe it or not each year we gain new skills or refine our skills to improve ourselves and our productivity. This is important because it shows us that we are always growing and pushing ourselves to put our best product we can be. (Tip) If you do not feel you have gain any new skills or refined any skills, I would suggest having that difficult question about where you are in your profession.

2. What feedback have I received this year; that will help me to move forward in my profession?

Remember this can be positive criticism.
Not everyone enjoys feedback, but it is important for growth. Sometimes we do not see all the small things we do, so it is important to get feedback in order to make sure you are staying on track as a professional.

3. What uncomfortable situations have I put myself in this year?

Sometime we must put ourselves in uncomfortable situations in order to really reach our full potential. Making mistakes is not always bad. It’s when we try to avoid situations that we are not use to, which can hurt your professional growth.
These three questions can help jump start your “Professional Self” checkup. Remember it is important to do this every 6 months to a year.
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How to Survive Leaving Your Job by Rich Hernandez Mon, 06 Apr 2015 12:45:36 +0000 leaving your job

In my many years of working in the retail and corporate sector, I always told myself that I would leave my job if I was not having fun everyday at work. To be honest, even though I did say that, I never thought I would ever have to go through it because I loved what I did. Then last year, it became evident that it was not fun coming to work and it became harder and harder to get excited about the work I was once passionate about.
I had to make a decision on which direction to proceed. I loved the people who I worked with and developed lasting friendships with them some that spanned over 25 years but I had to do what was right for my sanity and my well-being.

I made a list of items that I know I had to do in order to make the decision:

Update my resume- I always kept an updated copy of my resume, but this time I had to take stock of my skill set and make sure that my resume was concise and provided the information for anyone that saw it that I was THE candidate to consider in their job search.

Negotiate an out package- always consider this while you are still in control of the situation. Think about unused vacation days, health benefits, retirement funds, outplacement services, etc. and don’t be surprised if there are things like non-disclosure clauses in your document. Don’t be aggressive in negotiations, but be firm in what you want especially if you went above and beyond for them throughout your time there. I was very fortunate to have negotiated a very good out package and they actually gave me more than I requested.

Talk to your mentor- I had the opportunity to have my mentor for most all of my career. I walked him through my thought process and options and he agreed with my rationale and advised my to proceed. I felt a lot better once I talked to him knowing that I was on the right path.

Take stock of your feeling and emotions- once I had talked to my mentor, I went to my car, broke down and cried. This is an incredibly personal issue. All the feelings like fear of the unknown, loss of something that I once loved, stress relief, and feeling like a failure all came crashing down. I cried for 10 minutes, took a deep breath, and it was over. It was time to move forward.

Have a support team- don’t go through this alone. Whether it’s a spouse, family, friends, career coach, you need that support structure and you need to be the foundation of that support. Be open and candid with them- they are there to help you.

Take inventory of your finances- make and maintain a budget, review your cash reserves and monthly expenses. Determine your “need to haves” and “nice to haves” and don’t use credit as a crutch.

Network- re-connect with your contacts, either on your social media platforms or in person- lunch of coffee meetings. It is a very important as most job leads are found through your network and not through the standard applying process. Also, don’t burn any bridges or talk negatively about the company you left. It speaks of your character to take the high road and keep those connections that you may need later on in your job process.

Find another job- anything. This will bring some money in while you are looking for your next career.

Chart your course/Own your path- set goals for yourself in your job search. Don’t spend all day looking for work or applying for job- it is a taxing process. Allow some time away from your job search- go to the gym, take a yoga class, take a brisk walk, meditate.

Don’t prolong your departure- I signed the agreement on a Monday, and left that Wednesday. Once I left that day, I felt this enormous weight lifted off my shoulders and was ready to move on.

It may seem like a long list, but I will tell you that I felt confident and reassured that I had made the right decision in leaving. As I noted earlier, we never really think we are going to leave, but if you do, I hope this provides some comfort that you are not the only person in the same boat.

Learn more about Rich’s coaching here.

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    There’s an old saying, “Your network is your net worth.” It means that the bigger and stronger your network, the more successful you are likely to be. There’s a lot of stuff out there on how to build a network – in person or on LinkedIn. In this post I want to concentrate on something that a lot of networking advice misses – how your behavior can help you build and maintain a strong network that will be there for you when you need it.
    One of the most requested of my talks as called, “How to Build Unshakeable Self Confidence.” I deliver this talk five or six times a year to different groups.

    One of the keys to self confidence that I discuss in the talk is the importance of surrounding yourself with positive people. I make the point that the best way to surround yourself with positive people is to be a positive, helpful person yourself.

    This point was really driven home to me by some recent events in my personal life. Cathy, my wife, has been having some rather serious health issues lately. This has led to some stress for me. I’m trying to take care of her and meet my commitments to my consulting and coaching clients, my CareerHMO colleagues and my students.

    I was falling behind a little on all of these fronts. When I told my clients, colleagues and students about my personal problems, I got one response. “I wish you would have told me sooner. Don’t worry about getting a little behind. You’ve always been there for me, I am more than happy to cut you some slack and to help you in any way I can.”
    This made me feel pretty good. I think of myself as a positive, helpful person. The responses I received when I shared a little bit about the craziness I’m dealing with in my personal life reinforced that others see me the same way. My network was there for me when I needed it, because I’ve been there for it.

    Several years ago I participated in a writing project with my colleagues at the Creating WE Institute. I wrote a chapter for our book called “There Is No Quid Pro Quo in WE.” The idea in the chapter was simple. Do for others without expecting anything in return.
    We live in a quid pro quo world. You do for me, and I’ll do for you. But if you want to build a strong network you need to turn it around. I’ll do for you regardless if you’ll do for me. As I learned recently, if you develop a reputation as a positive helpful person, other people will be there for you when you need them.

    It also important to keep in touch with the folks in your network. A couple of years ago, I did a post on my personal blog that told the story of one of my friends who lost a job in mid-December. Even though he didn’t much feel like it, he kept a dinner date with a colleague that day. He told her about his job loss. Two days later she called him with a job lead. He began his new position in mid-January, at a better salary and commute. He would have never gotten this job had he blown off the dinner with his colleague. That shows you the importance of staying in touch with the people in your network.

    Over the years I’ve had similar experiences. When I first started my consulting business, I would take a day every month to do nothing but make phone calls to friends and clients. I was amazed at how many times one of these conversations would lead to new business. After we chatted for a while, the person I called would say something like, “I’m glad you called, we have this project and you would be perfect for it. I wasn’t thinking of you until you called.” Now I stay in touch with friends and clients via email and through posts on the LinkedIn groups to which I belong more than the phone, but the idea is the same – stay in touch with the members of your network. It will be there when you need it.
    In summary, while it’s important to build your network – work LinkedIn, attend events etc. – it’s more important to brand yourself as a positive, helpful person with the members of your network. It’s even more important to stay in touch with them. Put these ideas to work and you’ll be on the road to the successful and fulfilling career you deserve.

    For more information on having Bud as a Coach – visit

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    Based on your experience, what do you think a managers pet peeve is and how can an employee avoid those pet peeves? Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:30:32 +0000 interviewDanRedler-HeadshotDan Redler

    Managers really dislike employees: who don’t take responsibility for their actions, who whine and complain regularly but never have any solutions, and who constantly challenge authority.

    Employees who find themselves causing these specific pet peeves have a huge challenge. They must completely rewire themselves. They need to change their professional attitude and understand that the company and their managers are paying them for their services and, in exchange want, for lack of a better cliche, an honest day’s work in return. If an employee is the type of person who just can’t help being lethargic, negative and combative – they may benefit from seeking some counseling to work on their personality traits. If an employee is finding they display these behaviors because they really dislike the company, their managers and/or the work environment, they should quit and find a more suitable place to work.

    Continuing to create friction between you and your managers is a ticket to never getting a promotion or getting fired.

    In the workplace, just as in life, your “attitude determines your altitude.”   Learn more about Dan’s coaching here.



    Sueann Snodgrass

    It is important that employees understand their managers pet peeves and know how to avoid them.  In my experience, some top pet peeves of managers include: drama at work, laziness, and being unprepared.  Some ways to avoid these pet peeves include coming to work and focusing on work, not drama and gossip; taking initiative and being proactive, which helps one avoid drama and avoid seeming lazy at the same time.  Be prepared by organizing your day, properly prioritizing tasks and sticking with your daily plan.  These tips will help avoid these pet peeves and make for a smooth relationship between manager and employee.  Learn about Sueann’s coaching here. 




    Time is a precious commodity for office managers, so anything that they perceive to be a waste of their time is an annoyance.  Asking too many questions, showing up to meetings unprepared, and general tardiness are examples of employee behavior that irk bosses to no end.  To ensure that the manager’s time is spent efficiently and productively, employees should do their best to complete as much work and research as possible on their own and/or with coworkers.  Being consistently punctual is also important!

    Learn about Joel’s coaching here. 




     Rich Hernandez

    I believe not taking accountability for your actions is big manager’s pet peeve. 
    To avoid this, always take ownership of your actions. 
    Your manager will appreciate your candor and honesty and it will prove that you are a valuable employee because you were upfront with them. 

    Learn about Rich’s coaching here. 



    Fred Burch

    Fred Burch

    From my experience, the most common pet peeve of a manager is having subordinates bring problems to the attention of the manager without giving any thought to how the problem could be corrected.

    Eldridge Cleaver said, “You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem”, and I think most managers would agree with this; without a solution, you will probably be perceived as part of the problem.

    When you become aware of a problem, take the time to fully understand it and come up with several ways the problem could be dealt with before you talk with your manager. Your manager may not take any of your suggestions, but at least you will be perceived as part of the solution and not part of the problem.

     Learn about Fred’s coaching here. 


    Howard AlexanderHoward Alexander

    In my best opinion one pet peeve manager’s would say about some employees would be that they may be afraid to ask for feedback.

    As an employee, setting some defined goals you would like to accomplish each year would be important. Then what you can do is ask your manager for feedback during each meeting. This will show your manager that you are always looking to improve as well as you are also holding yourself accountable to grow as a professional. Remember feedback is good and not always a negative thing.

    Learn about Howard’s coaching here.


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    I am in my 50′s. Is it too late to make a career transition? Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:43:17 +0000 olderworkerLisa

    Lisa Adams

    It is never too late to make a career transition.  Remember you have value!!!  Don’t let others tell you, you can’t do something.  Know what you want to do, figure out what skills you’ll need to get there and go for it.  The beauty of a coach, is they can give you objective advice and helpful resources to get moving towards your goal.


    Learn more about Lisa’s coaching here.

    bb head shot suzanne 4:2 Bud Bilanich

    It’s never too late to do anything.  Making a career transition in your 50′s takes some work but it can be done.  Just remember a few things…

    – Build your online presence.  Create a great LinkedIn profile.  Join groups in your industry (or the industry you want to join).  Respond to posts in these groups.  Get known by the people who are doing what you want to do.

    – Network.  Get in touch with old connections that you have let lapse.  Let these folks know that you are in the process of changing careers.  Ask for introductions to their connections.

    – Keep your resume to no more than two pages.  Focus on the jobs and experience that make you an attractive candidate for positions in the field or industry you want to join.

    – Realize that you may have to take a pay cut — especially if you’re moving into a completely different field.  Don;t let your ego get the best of you.

    – Keep at it.  Plan your job search, then work your plan.  You’ll succeed.     Learn more about Bud’s coaching here.


    Kristen Burke

    It is never too late the make a career transition. It is crazy to me to think they what we do in our 20s and 30s will be a fit for us in our 50s or 60s. We also have so many people who aren’t thinking of retiring in the traditional sense but making career transitions to fit the lifestyle they are looking for.I think the best part of transitioning later in your career is that you have many skills and experiences that you can bring to your new position. I have had clients looking to make transitions later in their career because they have realized that the job they are currently in is not a good fit for them or they do not have a work life balance that they are seeking. The important thing to think about when making a career transition is that you want to focus on your unique skill or the problem you love to solve and leverage that skill in the next career. Make  a list of the transferable skills you have acquired and see how you can apply them to your new career.      Learn more about Kristen’s coaching here


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    John Toomey

    I love this question. It can be scary thinking of changing careers at any age. As we advance in our careers our goals and objective change and this can lead to the need to look for a different career path. The best thing to do is inventory all your transferable skills and see what areas you can use these skills. This will make a much easier transition. Look at the skills or training you are lacking and take classes and maybe do some volunteer work to gain some experience in your new targeted area. Also Network, Network and Network in the new field you are looking to move to. It just takes a plan and the confidence you can succeed.

    Learn about John’s coaching here. 



    Kitty BoitnottKitty small

    I don’t believe it is ever too late to career transition. I say that, however, with the caveat that it must be something you are fully committed to doing.  I transitioned from one job to another in my mid-50′s after earning a doctorate at the age of 55 (I didn’t start the doctoral program until I was 50) and I started my current enterprise as a coach and entrepreneur at the age of 60. In my opinion, it is not just a cliche that 60 is the new 40…in many ways it really is. If you are still healthy, feel energetic, and have the will to do it, making any life change in your 50′s is possible…including transitioning careers!

    Learn about Kitty’s coaching here



    Elizabeth Dexter- Wilson


    It is never too late to become the person you want to be. And, that includes the professional you want to become. Therefore, why not go for what you want regardless of your age? Here are two questions to ask yourself:


    1)      Do I want to turn 65 years old being the professional I dreamed of becoming? Or,
    2)      Do I want to turn 65 years old never having become the professional I dreamed of being?


    You can’t stop age 65 from arriving, so why not use that time to your advantage. Take the initiative to learn the strategies of how to transition to a new career. CareerHMO is here to help. I hope to see you soon!    Learn about Liz’s coaching here.





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    How can I build my confidence up? I am not feeling great about myself since losing my job. What are some things I can do to feel better moving forward? Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:28:27 +0000 DanRedler-HeadshotDan Redler

    To gain momentum and feel better in your job search you need to identify where you are and determine where you want to go. Then, lose the negative self-talk and replace it with positive, action-oriented thoughts. Now turn the new thoughts into positive actions. In short, you have to “Do the Work”.

    One of the great things about the JSAP program is that it provides a roadmap to self-confidence. If you commit to it  and go through each module diligently and in the order  presented, you will discover positive things about yourself that will motivate you and you will feel better as you complete each step.

    Learn more about Dan’s coaching here.



    Pamela RyanPam Ryan

    Losing a job, involuntary or voluntary, with a gap in employment, is never an easy life transition. It is unsettling, shakes-up your world, and is downright scary.  You may want to understand “Why me?”, when in reality, it is most likely not about you.  You need to refocus your energy! Take a moment and just breathe. Plan coffee meetings with friends – keep positive people around you. Self assess in our program! , and finally  – network! Networking will get you meeting new people – its all about engaging with others to get to that next career! What an exciting journey this can be!

      Learn more about Pam’s coaching here.




    Howard AlexanderHoward Alexander

    Building your confidence when losing your job can be one of the toughest things you must try to overcome. One thing you could do is surround yourself around a positive support group. This group will not allow you to put yourself down, they are there to lift you up and push you to get back on your feet. Also, understand throughout your time in your previous position you have developed many skills that you can be applied to your future position. However even more importantly, this is THE TIME FOR YOU TO REINVENT YOU and start a new path. Sounds exciting right; it can be exciting, challenge and frustrating all at once.  But as your confidence grows so will the rewards that come with it.ward

     Learn more about Howard’s coaching here. 





    Sueann Snodgrass

    The key is rebuilding confidence after job loss is to mentally keep the right frame of mind in order to consistently keep on moving forward.  Work on yourself, improving your skills or learning something new that you can add to your resume.  Be mindful of your thoughts and be purposeful in your actions you take each day in order to move forward in your personal and professional life.

    Learn about Sueann’s coaching here. 





    A great way to build and maintain confidence is to stay active mentally and physically, which will increase the positive vibes that surround you.  Mentally, work to eliminate the negative self-talk in your head by surrounding yourself with positive influences, whether they be the people you associate with, the books and articles you read, or the podcasts you listen to.  Physically, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and daily meditation do wonders for maintaining a positive attitude and boosting the self-confidence you require for getting your career back on track.

    Learn about Joel’s coaching here. 




    Cindi Wariwan

     Cindi Wirawan
    Here are some practical ideas to feel better moving forward. Take stock of your strengths and achievements. Keep a gratitude journal, or count your blessings. Go through the Confidence Project. Start volunteering. Go travelling or do something you’ve always wanted to do, and come back refreshed and energised. Hang out with positive people, such as the crew at CareerHMO who are going through the same journey as you. And if that’s still not enough, work with a career coach who can help you boost your confidence and encourage you when the going gets tough.

     Learn about Cindi’s coaching here. 




     Rich Hernandez

    -Don’t beat yourself up over mistakes or failures

    Take accountability, learn from the failures and mistakes and use what you learned to move forward in completing your tasks and goals.

    -Say what you mean, mean what you say.

    Be assertive and be confident in what you say and how you communicate with others.

    -Take advantage of your strengths and use those strengths to help you improve your opportunity areas.

    -Take a deep breath, and keep a positive outlook.

    As you talk to people, they should be able to feel your positive nature as well as your confidence.   Learn about Rich’s coaching here. 




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