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I’d love to chat with you and deeply understand the big (and small) questions you have about your job search. One-to-one is really my “superpower” according to my Gallup/Clifton Strengths analysis and that means that I try to find ways to get to know YOU, as a person who is multi-faceted and full of contradictions just like me.
My newsletters (and eventual podcast) will always be a place to get high level information to the most common challenges around job hunting. You’ll always get real time, no-holds-barred truths about life behind the recruiting curtain.
And the porch chats will take that a step further.
What’s a Porch Chat and what do I Get?
Glad you asked.
Chats will be set at a specific date and time and they will incur a small fee $17.95 USD in order to attend. (or you can sign up for a year of chats - right now that is 6 - every other month - for $100.00). Another alternative? If you choose to pay for a subscription to ZenCareer (at any level) you will automatically receive a link and invitation to every porch chat at no additional fee.
First one is scheduled for May 17, 2023 at 8pm Eastern
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You’ll receive the link for the event and you’ll get a reminder a day and an hour before the live event.
You’ll send your questions before hand, if you have them (and maybe can’t attend live - but want the recording) and include some of your personal background that is relevant to the question.
During the hour I will select as many questions as can be answered during the time allotted. If you’re on the chat live I’ll ask you to participate in the conversation by asking YOU questions to dive deeper into what’s really happening.
Much like group sessions with mediums and psychics (yeah, I’m a fan) ALL the attendees who are gathered should listen carefully - it’s not a coincidence that you’re on that particular call at that time - whether your question gets pulled or not, I guarantee you’ll receive some useful, actionable information during the live chat.
The first chat will be May 17, 2023 (Wednesday) at 8 eastern/5 Pacific, and will be recorded and sent only to those who have paid to attend.
Crafting a Career you Love - one stitch at a time.
Here’s the thing. You may be in a job you hate right now and can’t see your way out of it.
I’m fielding questions day after day from people who are wondering if it even makes sense to think about a new job given the state of the economy.
The answer is - maybe.
Careers are meant to support our lives and it often ends up that our lives become beholden to the job. That’s just not right. How to fix it?
Dive in and take note of your must haves and nice to haves when it comes to a new job. How do you want to feel at the end of the day/week/year in that new role? (Without this piece you are likely to trade one heartbreaking situation for another)
Talk to the other people in your life who will be affected if you leave your current job - this can be the hardest part of the whole process. People, even those who love us most, can be very scared FOR us and BY us when we change the status quo, so find a time to have this conversation when you’re both calm, well-rested and in a position to support and hear each other.
Walk through your current financial situation. How much money will you absolutely, no cutting corners, need to have on hand to not only pay your bills but continue to enjoy your life (maybe not that Caribbean vacation, but the ability to do fun things with people you love)? Do you have that in the bank and readily accessible? In ANY economy I recommend having at least 6 months of that money on hand - it may take more and it may take less time to find the next role, and having the financial cushion to weather anything is the cornerstone of successfully making the shift.
Get very clear on your Plan B. When I left my toxic workplace I knew what I was willing to do to make ends meet. Even though I have money in the bank, my goal is to tap into that money as little as possible. Because MY desired fee structure for ZenCareer is to offer you a sliding scale for one-to-one sessions (not make you feel stretched so thin you can’t even THINK of finding a new job) I know I’m willing to work one or two part-time jobs at companies that serve my community so that I can continue to keep things rolling on the home front.
Finally, find a supportive community. Some local areas have “jobs clubs” and free or low cost support services for job hunters. You can also join our porch chats and meet regularly with others, and join our Linkedin or Facebook communities for continued to support.
Are you thinking of switching jobs right now? Let me know how I can support you.
Ready to talk about your own one-to-one ZenCareer session?
Use this link to schedule a no-strings-attached time for a chat with me - all about YOU:
What I’m up to.
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What’s on the needles? This week I started a new pair of socks and am still plugging away at my scrappy crochet sweater. Promise to share pics soon.
What I’m listening to: Still loving everything that 2 Girls One Ghost put out and am also diving into the new Season of Everything’s Relative with Eve Sturges. (find them whereever you find your podcasts - I use podcast guru)
What I’m reading: Lessons in Chemistry - by Bonnie Garmus. At first I was feeling sort of “meh” - you know, “not another ‘smash the patriarchy’ morality tale” but now I’m really invested, and as you might imagine - my favorite character is the dog.
Anti-Time Management: Reclaim Your Time and Revolutionize Your Results with the Power of Time Tipping - by Richie Norton. Frankly, I’ve read dozens of variations on this theme and while Richie is a little kinetic for my taste, I’m taking away some good concepts to continue using throughout my life.
Until next time
You deserve to be happy at work