If you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel,
Change your viewpoint,
Change your viewpoint,
Analysis To Strengths
One of the biggest challenges when applying for that job or preparing your self-evaluation is deciding what to say. In my coaching and my personal career, I use a two-column analysis to brainstorm accomplishments and highlight strengths. I've put together a handout to help you get started.
The time is ripe for you to develop a great answer to the interview question, "Tell me about a time you had to overcome a challenge."
Map Your Career Path
Individuals have several options to pursue to achieve their long-term goals. Different career paths can lead to similar career goals, like different geographic paths to the same map location. I developed the Career Path worksheet to help you brainstorm where you are, what you want to achieve, and the possible paths for achieving your goals.
You can move through the worksheet from top to bottom or bottom to top, but spend time on each section:
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Elements to discuss or decide while Sheltering In Place
As mentioned in Work From Home Part 1: Agreements with Employer, the updated Shelter In Place guidelines are causing many people to take a closer look at their informal work from home agreements.
See Part 1 for details about discussions and agreement template for use between companies and employees.
For this post we will focus on the impact for your household, regardless of whether you live alone or are balancing kids and pets.
Agreements on when you'll go dark and the work you'll do.
With the Shelter In Place guidelines extended through the end of April, informal work from home agreements may need to undergo a more formal scrutiny.
Previously, employee eligibility and suitability were checked before a trial period and a review were instituted. Now, many people have been quickly moved to longer term but temporary work from home
Each day brings more worries and questions. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) manages the unemployment benefits process for Illinois and has added information to their website for people impacted by COVID-19.
"Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible." (https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/COVID-19-and-Unemployment-Benefits.aspx : accessed 27 Mar 2020) Check the website for frequently asked questions and up to date details.
In addition to other questions, the page answers the following:
If you live in another state, check your state's criteria for unemployment benefits.
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Best of 2019 & 2020 Vision
If you are not sure where to start, use your peers to guide you. Here are the blog posts and resource pages that were most often visited in 2019.
The Top Bartimus Career Consulting Blog posts from 2019 are:
The Resource pages that were visited most often were:
Through coaching and online resources, my vision is helping you understand today's job search process, identify and communicate your strengths, and tell your story.
If you have questions that aren't covered by these posts and pages, ask me.
Are You A Reluctant Networker?
When you think about networking for your career, are you thinking "Yes!" or "Oh, no!"?
If you are reluctant to network, here are a few strategies to move you forward.
First, understand why you should network?
Second, understand why you are reluctant?
Which of these reasons stops you from networking?
Each of these reasons has their own strategy described in the slide deck. (The presentation opens in SlideShare.)
* Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts (video)
Julie L. Bartimus,