You’re a smart, professional executive who’s looking for your next job. You’ve got proven experience that you know will place you in a winning position. And that means getting your résumé placed in the ‘interview’ pile on the recruiter’s desk.
But each job application that you’ve submitted lately doesn’t seem to scream out “Look at me, I’m the Winner”! and you’re not getting call-backs or interviews. You know that if you keep submitting the same résumé written in the same way, nothing’s going to change. It’s time to change your approach and create the best résumé that you can write.
You’ve seen the job that ‘speaks’ to you and matches your skills set, your experience and stretches your professional development. It’s the ideal job that ticks the box for where you’d love to work in the future. You’ve been looking for a great job for a while, and this job seems within your reach.
The first step to take is to review your résumé.
Having a standout résumé is exactly what you need to present you in a way that will create impact in the seven seconds that the recruitment panel will generally spend reading through the first page of your résumé.
A review of your résumé is exactly what we do together in a FREE 30 minute “Review Your Résumé” call that I’m offering.
During this 30-minute session we’ll review three key areas in your current résumé:
- Overall impression to a new reader
- Feedback on your Career Summary section
- A maximum of 3 suggestions to increase the impact of your résumé.
Book your Free call here so that you can increase your chances of being in the interview pile with your résumé: https://calendly.com/lindenfuller/review-your-resume-30-minute-free-call
Before I started my coaching business, I worked for over 25 years in a large vocational education organisation in South-Western Sydney region, with a focus on Faculty Leadership & Management, Change Management, & coaching.
Within my corporate role, I was able to develop and use my coaching skills to mid-level leaders and I had targeted coaching as a possible job option after TAFE.
My career had many highlights and wonderful moments. However, it took me being on the brink of burnout and the resulting months of healing to learn that the role I was doing was no longer aligning with my own values, strengths and personality and there were toxic elements at play undermining me, my leadership and business self-confidence.
This experience inspires me to help others to find careers that are better suited to them, helping them feel more fulfilled and to support them in well-being.
While I already had coaching development and experience through the workplace, what I needed was specialised coaching, training and tools to help me support clients to move into more fulfilling work – and working with Terri gave me some of that.
My period of depleted health, energy and confidence ignited a desire to support others by utilising positive psychology resources, so that they can better manage difficult situations, become more self-aware regarding career pathway and prevent any decline in their wellness.
When a redundancy was offered, I searched myself and my potential with the help of Terri’s Personality Type coaching which was such a positive and supportive first step to understanding who I now was. I have taken almost three years on my journey to self-awareness, self-leadership and being comfortable in my skin to this point now where I am self-confident in my coaching role. And feeling that I am getting to know myself fully.
I ended up training with BYC Academy as a life coach, which has given me invaluable knowledge and tools, as well as a coaching series with Terri – in addition to becoming certified as a Coach for Innovators, which was training I had done earlier – and I now apply both within my coaching and for myself. I also became accredited in Hogan Assessments and am now learning Breakthrough Coaching delivered through World Business & Executive Coaching, so look forward to adding this to my tools.
Positive psychology is essentially the science of happiness, in each aspect of physical, emotional and mental health. Combining positive psychology with coaching – it’s the perfect combination!
My approach is holistic, bringing together evidence-based tools and strategies to support my clients primarily in the context of work.
Who do I work with and how do I typically work with clients?
There are two main strands to my work: my 1:1 career transformation coaching practice and my well-being focus.
My one to one coaching targets mid-life women in their career shift journey and I also support my clients to define what fulfilling work means to them and to be happier and healthier at work.
I enjoy using all my combined coaching and associated tools to help people make sustainable improvements to their well-being – specifically focusing on reducing their stress and overwhelm and strengthening their physical, mental and emotional health.
I’ve worked with clients across the world and all of my sessions are online. I find that meeting every two weeks (rather than weekly) allows for life and other priorities as well as keeping up the momentum of the coaching progress.
In addition to my coaching practice, I’m aiming to develop an online course on resilience as a first step in well-being resources for career-shift or other transitions available on Teachable. I have a first course “The secret to creating “The Best Resume” in Teachable and I’m planning the launch that course promotion currently.
I like that this is a holistic focus and I can bring in what I’m passionate about, which is well-being at work.
Coaching isn’t affordable for everyone and so this is what’s great about creating online courses – people can tap into powerful content for a small investment – and for those who are a little unsure about working with a coach, it allows them to get a sense of what the benefits are and get to know and trust different coaches before deciding to work with them.
What has my training helped me to achieve?
With my clients, I always take a customised approach, so it’s been very valuable to, for example, go through the whole of my career shift process for one client, then an exercise or two for another with a more traditional coaching focus.
The single most important impact has been increased confidence and this is something clients say that they want to achieve from coaching.
Simply having space within coaching to learn more about themselves, clients have felt better placed to go to job interviews or speak up in meetings at work or even focus more on themselves in terms of their well-being.
So, when people set goals like getting a new job or delegating more, I always encourage them to add a goal that’s related to their wellbeing.
These goals might be about ensuring they do more activities that they really enjoy, taking time for physical exercise or bringing in more mindful activities.
Well~being is key
Often, just introducing and embedding a small well-being related change has a huge positive impact.
It’s great to see the clients achieving results like a new job, promotion or even a new career, but it’s satisfying to see the wider impact of what’s going on – the increased confidence, improving relationships, or a sense of self-acceptance so that they can bring their authentic selves into work.
For me, the most positive results are those that tend to be less tangible but are often the most long-lasting. So for example, helping the client to develop ways of minimising stress in their lives, create a better work-life balance, increased confidence and well-being resources.
My work during the 2020 pandemic:
I’ve always worked online so this hasn’t caused any issues for me.
The topics that clients bring to our sessions have evolved a little, particularly right at the beginning of lockdown.
Wellbeing has become increasingly important to discuss, especially for clients who are working from home.
My hopes for the future
I’ve found my coaching niche. I love utilising the Hogan instruments as well as evidence-based positive psychology tools in my coaching.
It’s very important for me to be the absolute best coach I can be and to provide my clients with the best possible support.
So ongoing self-development is a natural part of what I do as a life-long learner and I enjoy having a diverse range of tools at hand to provide that support. It gives me confidence and satisfaction.
And of course coaching to make a difference!
I have recently posted a lot about change in social media, being ready for change, and seeking changes at work. The following information can assist your awareness and understanding of the Stages of Behaviour Change and provide the foundations for your successful navigation to successful realisation of your goals.
How to get started changing your habits or behaviour
Whether you want to lose weight, change jobs, or run a marathon, you may need to try several different ways to reach that goal. The key to maintaining focus on the change that you want is to find ways to motivate yourself and have small wins.
Understanding the stages of change and the steps that you will most likely go through will help you to work through each stage and reach your goals.
By taking the idea of change into smaller steps or elements it is easier to recognise the ways to work through each stage to help you achieve and motivate yourself for the total change to occur.
The three most important components of changing a behaviour involve being ready to change, recognising any barriers you might find to that change, and having strategies in place if a relapse to the former habit crops up.
The Stages of Change
One of the well-known change models is the Stages of Change or Transtheoretical Model, introduced in the late 1970s by James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente who based their study on ways too help people to give up smoking.
Stage 1: Pre-contemplation
Not aware of a problem and no willingness to change. Regular self-analysis to assess your behaviour is recommended to avoid any negative or problem behaviour.
Stage 2: Contemplation
You might become aware of benefits of making a change, but some factors create a sense of conflicted emotions about changing. Strategies include evaluating your readiness and ability to change; and identifying barriers to change. This stage in the model can last for substantial periods of time.
Stage 3: Preparation
Beginning with small changes in preparation for a larger change, or steps being taken with the intention to make real changes shortly. Strategies can include writing out your goals, preparing action plans and positive affirmations or other motivating elements such as visualisation boards.
Stage 4: Action
Start some direct action to make real change in your life. Enjoy new ways of doing or thinking about your goals and celebrate any positive steps you have taken. Support from friends or your coach is very important in helping maintain your positive steps forward. Take time to refresh your progress and written goals to maintain momentum and motivation.
Stage 5: Maintenance
This stage involves successful behaviour change and importantly successful mindset to a new way of thinking. New strategies for coping with temptations and rewards for new milestones met are important to cement the change. Your chances of lapsing into old unwanted behaviours is now much diminished.
Stage 6: Relapse
If you do relapse, remind yourself that you have made fantastic progress so far, and this disappointment is a minor setback. Call on the commitment to your goals that led to your changed behaviour, identify the triggers to that led to this upset, and recognise any barriers. Remain positive and motivated to continue success in your new state and reaffirm your goals and self-confidence.
If you find a need for a structured support program to reach the action and maintenance stages, then engaging a coach or other professional program would be advisable.
A few days until we leave 2019 behind and move into a new year. A single word can play a role in bringing you happiness, and emotional and spiritual healing: Forgiveness.
Personal growth requires self-forgiveness as well as forgiveness of others.
Forgiveness is about how you can change your life — bringing you the peace you need to move on.
We hold anger and hurt in our hearts while we have expectations of other people and life situations we can’t control. We have a personal sphere of influence and can control our own thoughts and behaviour, not those of others.
With a growth mindset, the end of a relationship requires a goal of forgiveness – as the saying goes – “forgive and forget.”
The first person you need to forgive is yourself. Forgiveness is understanding that the only person you hurt when you’re upset – no matter how justified it may be – is yourself.
With a fixed mindset, blaming another when something goes wrong is a usual reaction. Fixed mindset people find it difficult to forgive.
According to mindset expert Carol S Dweck:
“In a relationship, the growth mindset lets you rise above blame, understand the problem, and try to fix it – together.”
There is a well-known saying:
“To understand all is to forgive all.”
Even if everything in you wants to blame someone else, consider giving yourself the gift of forgiving your expectations.
Swap your expectations for appreciation and transformation. Letting go of blaming means you can move on and serve your best interests.
“Forgiveness is a gift to yourself, not to the events or people who created hurt in your life.”
Recognise the importance of self-care not only for your mental wellbeing but also for your professional success. Your life is what you make it.
On Thursday evening I attended Marie Forleo LIVE. The Sydney leg of her book tour “Everything is Figureoutable” that recounts some of the advice and learning from Marie’s experiences. As Marie stated during the show:
“I win or I learn, but I never lose. Failures are lessons.”
The event was organised by #BusinessChicks and filled with a huge crowd of (mostly) business women with a smattering of men as well.
Why am I talking about this?
Marie Forleo is an entrepreneur, coach, author, runs the acclaimed business-training programme ‘B-School’, and has been named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation. My focus in delivering this piece is about decision-making. But more than that, once you make a decision to take action, to do something different or decide that you are ready for change, the result is motivation.
When researching the act of decision-making there are many frameworks that make claim to be successful, and many time frames in which the decision can be made. I’ve come to learn that there may never be such a thing as a “right” decision, but there is an intent that we can be making the decision with the best possible outcome at that time.
“Don’t make the right decision. Make the decision right.” Psychologist Ellen Langer
Make your decision right.
You have a very important decision to make. You need an objective perspective to decide on actions that can give you clarity to achieve your goals. You need to be in touch with your deepest values. You can’t afford to take the wrong path, make the wrong decision.
Get to the core of your heart and mind preferences and quieten your inner voice of sabotage. You are your best asset and advisor.
“All progress begins with a brave decision.” Marie Forleo
Your decision to act.
Make the best decision for your situation. I can be your experienced sounding board.
CONNECT WITH ME FOR MY DECISION-MAKING PACKAGE HERE.
Make your brave move.