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ST1Four Steps to Career Coaching-Protected2

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hat Career Next!
Career Chane and Placement Secialists
Four Steps to CareerCoaching:A beginners guide
Career Choices today are not likely to be once only choices. They are also likely toneed far greater thought than previously given. Economic crises, rapid globalisation of competition and downsizing are seeing the breakdown of traditional career roles in asingle organisation.A contract for life is less likely today. This applies to all levels from senior to junior,and private to public organisations. The ‘iron rice-bowl’ has been replaced with a porcelain one. It requires more cleaning, careful handling and greater maintenancethan the iron rice bowl of earlier times.Like the rice bowl, so the career. It requires softer treatment to remain serviceable. Now many more people are working part-time. Singaporeans are very aware of thelabor market conditions in their country. Turnover in professional occupationsstabilised over the past two years in organisations that did not down-size. Those thatdid down-size forced their professionals to either return to study, seek self-employment or commence part-time work. Some may even have considered changingcareer. Each story is different. Today, the labor market calls for a standard approachthat encourages individual differences to flourish.So how to groom your porcelain rice bowl to suit your needs and competencies for our current market conditions. This is where the Four Steps of Career Coaching cansupport you.
This is a crucial opportunity to take stock. To assess your achievements to date andassess your potential for the future.Here is where we can review your career progression to see what you have been ableto achieve so far. We can look at your suitability for the career you have now as wellas those you may wish to explore or consider moving in to. Remember that marketconditions are the rule, even if you wish to start your own business this must besupported by an existing or potential market. No one can survive without customers. Not even the Civil Service.Suitability is a special term we use to describe the following eight significant areasthat support your success:
1.Your match to the tasks required of you2.Your interest in the job3.Your attitudes about the job4.Your personality balance
5.Your motivation (drive) and how well you manage stress6.Your interpersonal skills7.Your decision-making skills8.Your match to the working environmentThese factors have been isolated and tested by Dr. Dan Harrison, founder of the
 Inner View
computer profiling tool. He has thoroughly tested and shown through his manyyears of research throughout USA, Australia and Asia that these eight factors are thekeys to matching people to jobs and careers. They are free of culture bias and can betuned to match any job. So you can compare yourself with that job or career beforeyou make a career choice.Suitability is the strategic dimension in the job race. Normally we are used to thinkingabout qualifications and experience. These are not enough. Today when hiring newstaff, companies must look at the suitability of the match between each individual andtheir company’s culture and goals.Assessing your suitability for a range of positions and career lines will give youseveral avenues to explore.
Having identified your potential jobs and career avenues your career coach and youcan begin to effectively explore them together.People often underestimate the value to be gained from an effective exploration program. Instead they often try to jump straight into job-hunting. They may find theyget a lot of rejections as they apply for jobs they are neither equipped for or suitablefor them.Career exploration enables job-hunters to safely find out which job is of real andgenuine interest to them. A good career coach will make appointments for them tomeet people who are in similar careers that they are interested in.There is nothing like actually talking to someone who is doing your dream job rightnow. You can very quickly find out if that job is really what you are looking for. Andif it is, then you can make some real contacts in that line, find out how did that personget into their career, and what are the entry requirements involved.This is very useful for higher level professional jobs since many of these can be quitespecialised, such as joining the diplomatic services or becoming an author. You andyour career coach can plan for you to field research two or three such careers that youhave identified earlier. There is nothing like visiting someone who is already whereyou want to be, to test if that is really going to become your porcelain rice bowl of tomorrow.
A natural step to follow your exploration: determining your final career goals. Fromthis will come the next job you that should apply for.
But you may also find that other goals arise: further education to support your chosencareer, joining that professional association to begin networking in your field, findinga mentor to help your career growth or joining a social service or sportingorganisation to reflect your developing career goals further.So career goals can be formed for these three main areas:1.Career Line e.g. Marketing2.Ideal job within your career line e.g. Marketing Manager for a major Clothing and Fashion House3.Professional Association membership e.g. SIM or MISRemember that your ideal job may not be available to you yet because of lack of experience or suitability. A proper career plan will link the job that you apply for toyour ideal job and provide a path for you to reach that job.
So you have set goals in each area. You have target dates, employers or professionalsupport services for those moving into self-employment, loads of other plans and youcan’t wait to get going.You will need to review your resume, maybe even re-write it significantly to better reflect your new goals. Your resume must get you that first interview. In the USA now,nearly every job applicant uses a resume writing service to help them prepare their resume and a powerful cover letter. Your Career Coach should be able to providethese services to you.You have an interview and need support to prepare for it. Yes, there are loads of booksat the bookshop on these matters. But there is no point in trying to teach yourself these crucial matters it is rather like trying surgery on yourself. You need astructured learning situation, so take advantage of your Career Coach and ask them toset this up for you.You need to know which employment agencies are the best to apply to, or whichemployers are hiring at the moment. Your Career Coach today can search this for youand direct you accordingly. They may even be able to set interviews for you withhiring managers. Now, at this point you may be wondering what can your Career Coach to improveyour chances of success.There are four main areas that you will need their support:1.Leading you through the four steps and develop an effective strategy that buildsupon your strengths using their specialist tools and skills2.Motivate you and assist you to face the challenges of job and career change.3.Refer you to others along your path that will add value to your needs

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