8 Nifty Ways to Get a Career Boost from the Summer

When summer hits, the packed weeks of spring slide into long, lazy days, and it’s tempting to grow a little lazy about work and your career, too. Yet the summer months allow you extra time, which can be an opportunity for a solid career bounce. What steps can you take to further your career during the summer? Network. Many professional associations or organizations plan fun seasonal get-togethers that — bonus! — are held outside. Take advantage of these events not only to enjoy yourself by the pool, but also to expand your contact pool. You never know who you’ll meet at the bar.  Join a Professional Association. If you are not already a member of an association, now’s the time to join. By doing so, you’ll already be familiar with the group’s routines come fall. If their Fall event’s schedule is posted, check it out and plan ahead for your Fall networking opportunities.   Volunteer for a New Project. Take advantage of others’ vacations to let your star shine. You may … [Read more...]

Follow the Lead of Successful Career Change Artists

When you go to work each day, you feel like you’re punching a clock. You lack passion for your work, a true love for what you do. You’ve heard “love what you do, and you’ll never work another day in your life,” but can’t imagine such a saying applying to you. You’ve thought a little about career reinvention, but don’t know where to begin. Does the above scenario sound like you? If you’re not fulfilled with your current career, you might want to make a change. How do you determine which career to move to, and how to make the change? One thing can help: listen to people interviewed in Aspire!’s Change made simple podcasts series. These are change artists who have been in your shoes, feeling what you’re feeling.  While these four professionals worked in fields ranging from finance to marketing, they all had one big thing in common — they felt unfulfilled and needed to make a change. In the podcasts, you’ll hear these stories: John G. left a successful career as a business … [Read more...]

Career Reinvention: Following a Passion

The Challenge Michele spent 20 years as a Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach.  Although she loved her work, she felt that there was something else to which she really wanted to give more attention.  She had been fitting art into her life in between her professional commitments. Now it was time to make art her full time job! Michele wanted to integrate her professional skills of coaching and teaching into her new work in art.  She turned to Randi Bussin to help her formulate a strategy for holding collage workshops in her new art studio. The Solution Randi guided Michele in envisioning her ideal work life: how much time she would devote to her own art and how much time to running workshops.  They looked at her financial goals, and Michele and Randi discussed her vision for this next chapter of her life. In the second phase of this Career Reinvention work, Randi and Michele developed a business and marketing plan.  This included analyzing the financial aspects of the … [Read more...]

Prepare for an Exciting Career Journey in 2017

As you gear up for the holidays and some well-earned time off, you can also use this period to review your past year of work and see where you want to go in 2017.  Whether you’re looking to secure a new job offer, advance at your current company or start a new business, you can journey down the road toward your goals. Before you start the trip, however, you need to fill your car with fuel. Accomplishments fuel career aspirations.  An accomplishment is simply an example of your work that has made a difference to your organization or client. There are many ways to track accomplishments, and one way is a victory journal. To start your journal, make a note any time you receive a congratulatory job well-done from your boss or a colleague. You can include anything you did well, such as the quarterly report you slaved over. You can also incorporate any responsibilities you had that were new — such as a solo client presentation. Try to make entries in your journal each month. As you … [Read more...]

Your Moment in the Spotlight: Marketing Yourself for a Corporate Board Role

Many seasoned executives set their sights on the next “role” of their career: a corporate board appointment. In our previous blog posting, we discussed the self-reflection and networking needed to land a board position. In this blog posting, we’ll explore three different marketing materials you may need to land your “audition” — a meeting to discuss a board appointment. Ronit Molko, PhD, BCBA-D, a healthcare consultant and board member, states how important this step in your search is. “Securing a board role requires a solid networking and communications strategy that achieves several things. It must showcase your strengths and expertise that are in line with the company you want to serve; demonstrate how you connect your strengths to that organization’s governance and regulatory needs; and convey your leadership traits. Your marketing approach is as essential as the unique experience and talents you will bring to this role.” Read on to secure a top role! Here are three … [Read more...]