Many working professionals are facing layoffs, company reorgs, and stagnant careers due to external factors leaving you feeling stuck. But you don't have to be, there is a way! At Career Therapy we are on a mission to share inside HR information with working professionals to help you understand how you can take your power back and steer your career in this ever changing market place.
The worst thing we can do as professionals is become stagnant in our careers. This happens when we stop growing and learning new skill sets. Being stagnant is a dangerous position to be in because when the time comes and we are forced to find a new role, our skill sets may have become obsolete rendering us unable to quickly gain meaningful employment. The recent government shutdown has exacerbated this issue bringing light to something that we always hope to avoid - uncomfortable changes. Getting ahead and driving your desired changes is the best position for you to be in. Do you know how competitive are you in the job market if you had to change jobs today?
Shape your future by kicking your career in gear with The Career Therapy Bootcamp - 8 week intensive. This bootcamp is designed for mid to senior career professionals looking to stay relevant and competitive in todays job market. From the comfort of your home or office you dial in to our coaching sessions that last for a duration of 8 weeks total. In this bootcamp you will get to explore new career possibilities, grow your professional network and have a relevant polished Resume, Linkedin profile, and job search tools.
The Career Therapy Bootcamp is lead by 🍃 Career Coach Gusti Clark. She shares her extensive background in Human Resources, Training and Recruitment from a variety of industries. In her 15 years of experience she has helped hundreds of professionals grow and transition in their careers and find their happy place. She is dedicated to sharing the hidden hiring rules to increase your competitiveness in landing a new job when you need it.
The Career Therapy Bootcamp is now accepting applications. Apply by Feb 7th!
The Career Therapy Network was designed to offer a holistic approach to enabling professionals to transition and grow in their careers with the support of a community. Established in 2018, We are very excited to announce that we have now launched our community on the Mighty Networks platform!
As a Talent Management Professional much of my career has been spent developing Workforce strategies and programs with HR or Training for a variety of organizations from startups to large enterprises. In my experience I have seen professionals of all leadership levels fall into the dreaded pit of “complacency”. This is the effect that occurs when you stop growing resulting in dissatisfaction in your role. In an ever evolving world, we as professionals must too evolve. By not doing so we run the risk of having skill sets that are outdated thus shortening our ability to gain sustainable jobs in the event we need a new one.
The Career Therapy Network was created to combat these kinds of challenges to help you stay winning. At Career Therapy we believe that everyone deserves access to opportunity allowing growth and continuous development. Staying relevant in the workforce is key, even if you aren’t looking for a job today.
Our Career Therapy Network hosted on the Mighty Network system allows professionals to share knowledge, gain access to hidden job opportunities, connect with mentors, get career coaching, industry transition support, networking events and so much more!
Will you join us in building a meaningful community that enables us all to reach our full potential?
Career Therapy Network
This time last year in 2017, my whole life changed. I embarked on a trip of a lifetime never to return the same.
Naturally adventurous I left my hometown of Seattle right after graduating from the University of Washington in 2010 relocating to San Francisco to continue growing my career. By the age of 35 I worked my way up to the Chief of Staff office developing Workforce Strategy for one of the largest transportation agencies in the nation.
After 3 years at the transportation agency and successful launch of my projects, I was ready for more. I had this itch that I simply couldn’t shake and the thought of getting a new job didn’t quite fit the bill. I was ready, ready to go own my own, see the world and pursue the desires of my heart. Finally, the day came, the day I jumped off the proverbial cliff by quitting my job to travel and pursue my entrepreneurship. Feeling totally liberated I took to the skies on a long-awaited trip across the Atlantic on a much-needed solo trip.
Quit!? Without another job lined up, that's crazy talk- I know! But, I had a plan and little did I know, setting out on this journey taught me the 3 greatest lessons of my life.
1- You don’t need anyone's permission to be who you are.
I quit my job because I was ready to pursue entrepreneurship. Over the years I’ve grown to accept how much I loved traveling, languages, and cultures. So, I decided to start thereby starting a travel company. And for starters, I needed to travel further than I had ever gone before. Everyone around me thought I was making the biggest mistake, how dare I quit such a great stable job to pursue something that was unknown and didn’t exactly make sense? Pushing past my own fears and ignoring the naysayers, I knew I would never be able to forgive myself if I didn’t go.
In December of 2017, I country hopped for 30 days straight traveling to 5 countries - UK, Netherlands, U.A.E, Egypt, and Morocco as a single woman in search of my future.
My first stop was London. The city was buzzing about as everyone was getting ready for the Christmas holiday. Straight away I headed to one of the great wonders of the world, Stonehenge. Standing in front of these ancient monoliths made me realize how trivial some things were in my life that I held in high importance. At that moment, nobody else’s opinion mattered, the previous work drama was of no consequence and I was able to be completely present taking in the beauty all around me.
The next day I took the train to Amsterdam. Wandering this quaint city everyone was so friendly and chill. It made me realize how much I take things too seriously. Ok, I was downright uptight. But how could I not be? Working in one of the most competitive markets in the US, the competition was fierce thus driving the serious attitude.
2- Playing Small does not serve you.
It wasn’t until I set foot in the Dubai that I realized how small I had been thinking. Here I am in a country swimming in wealth, and not anything like Vegas. Being atop the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, I could see all the other architectural marvels like the Burj Al Arab and the (man-made) Islands of the World. The attention to miraculous details in their architecture and the way Emiratis carried themselves despite their class was something I had never ever seen. Completely awestruck I felt what it was like to be surrounded by such dignity, pride, and excellence.
After Dubai, I traveled to Cairo to spend Christmas and my birthday. At 36 that was the best gift, I could ever give myself - Freedom. Touring the pyramids of Egypt brought me to my knees in humility. Standing before these structures that were thousands of years old built by our ancestors was the most beautiful gift I could ever experience.
At that moment I realized how small and safe I had been playing in my life. I always wanted to be polite and gave in to what I thought I was supposed to be and do as opposed to what desires laid deep within me begging me to let them free. Finally, I had the courage to fully step into myself by taking charge of my life and not being ashamed to follow the beat of my own drum.
Although, my trip still wasn’t quite done yet. After Cairo, I headed over to Morocco to explore 5 different cities including Marrakech and Chefchaouen - the infamous blue city. Mesmerized by all the charms Morocco had to offer, I realized that no matter how far you travel people are the same, only separated by culture.
3 - Following your dreams you can never lose.
Intoxicated with the greatest high on life, I returned back to the states to realize how people started changing around me and my business began failing. Friends and support systems that I once had began to fall apart. But how could that be, I mean I was pursuing my dreams?! At the time it felt like a loss, but looking back the value of the lesson that not everyone is meant to continue with you on your journey has never been more evident. And, the fact that my business failed helped me see where I should focus my effort and energy. A passion I discovered at the start of my career but always questioned it - I finally accepted my mission. The mission of helping people grow and develop in their careers. I took the lessons learned from running my travel business and applied them to the creation of Career Therapy.
My company Career Therapy is designed to offer a holistic approach to enabling professionals growth and transition in their careers with the support of a community. Career Therapy offers career coaching, mentorship matching and The Career Therapy Network that contains exclusive career-related content. To learn more visit www.CareerTherapy4Me.com
In the words of Paulo Coelho from the Alchemist “to realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation”.
Today I saw an article posted in the Wall Street Journal about automated interviews. Some companies are implementing a new system for phone screenings that are one way. The candidate answers a series of questions without another human being on the other end. They claim the answers will be listened to by a human at a later time, but they are implementing this to cut corners.
Just because we can, doesn't mean we should.
This is a great example of misusing technology. Yes it is great that we have advanced so far in our civilization that we can now have robots doing things for us, automating our lives. However, we have to ask the question - at what cost?
In this case, using automation to find the next employee can have negative and damning consequences, thus causing further expense to fix. No matter how much technology we have, there is no substitute for human interaction especially when hiring for talent.
Hiring is a two way street, candidates also want to gauge if they like the place they are interviewing for. If the first interaction is a one way phone screen, you could potentially be losing your best candidates by simply automating where unnecessarily.
As candidates, they suggest being as authentic as possible even though you don't have the benefit of realtime feedback. Have you ever experienced this type of interview? If so I'd love to hear about it!
Check out the article --> It's Time for Your Job Interview
As a Talent Management professional I have worked with many corporate professionals in a variety of industries including technology, non profit, hospitality, biotechnology, and government. One thing that working professionals tend to over look is the value of networking and the impact it can have on your career. It's not just about who you know, rather how do you leverage the network that you already have. Even if you aren’t a very extroverted type of person, networking can benefit you in a number of ways.
Recently one of my clients asked me - How can Introverts be successful in networking? To answer that question let’s start with 3 things that networking is NOT.
#1 - Meeting a bunch of people, is not necessarily networking. Networking is about building relationships not simply the act of collecting business cards. For networking to be successful for anyone, we need to understand that relationship building is key. Its best practice to build your network before you ever need it. When meeting new professionals, cultivating and maintaining that relationship over time is key. Get to know others, and allow others to get to know you professionally.
#2 - Meeting people only when you need a new job. A mistake I see professionals make time and time again, is that when they are comfortable with their jobs they simply check out of building relationships because they don’t think they need it. Building relationships is not just about when you need help. Sharing information with your network is a great way to engage your contacts. Also, while you may not have any needs at the moment perhaps there is something you can do to help one of your contacts. Introvert or not, its about quality relationships not quantity.
#3 - Attending events = networking. This point is one of my favorites. I too share introverted qualities and discovered that the best networking happens outside of “networking” events. Networking events are great in that you get exposed to new ideas or find new motivations. But do not under estimate the simple coffee/tea conversations. Meeting with 1 person is still networking even when the benefit is not readily apparent. Again, if we focus on building relationships then you stand to gain more value out of having personal conversations with individuals when you have their undivided attention. And lastly, the people you do know, can always introduce you to the people you want to know.
Need more coaching on how to leverage your current network to continue building before you need it? Contact Career Therapy to schedule a FREE consultation!
Gusti Clark has dedicated her career to enabling paths and access to career opportunities.