Happen to Your Career | Career Transition, Career Changes, Figure out what you want, Jobs, Strengths, Starting Businesses (careers )

Writing like a Pro in the business world seems like a huge undertaking that is easier said than done.

Luckily, we have Danny H. Rubin as our guest today.

Danny Rubin is “THE writing guy.” Danny has studied communications since college and has worked as a TV News Reporter and Consultant and has come back around to what he loves most, which is writing. He uses his greatest strength to teach practical writing instruction for the business world. From writing to apply for jobs to writing to start a business from scratch, Danny offers his writing advice as the writing expert in the business world.

One of the key takeaways from the episode is viewing the job search as an expectations game where employers are going to expect you to do X, but you’re going to learn how to do Y.

Why, you ask? Well, while everyone else is doing X, you’re going to put that little bit of extra effort it takes to do Y. This is your opportunity to do something another way to stand out from the crowd of job-seekers.

All Y is, is a change in the way that you think about what you’re writing. We have all been so conditioned to write a resume and cover letter the same way. So, a hiring manager is going to expect that same template from every candidate.

But, Danny is here to walk you through a process that will show you how to go about writing those pieces in a smarter, more strategic way.

You will see more results when you know how to be interesting when describing yourself in your stories. Your writing should highlight details of your experience that will enhance your overall platform.

Listen to the podcast to learn more about the power of telling YOUR story of success in your cover letter. Danny will help you learn how to write to command attention, prove your ability, and leave a lasting impression on the reader.

 

What You Will Learn

  • The importance of brevity – Why keeping your writing short and concise is imperative in business communications
  • The importance of writing differently and how to stand out in your writing to get noticed and open doors
  • How to write a powerful Linkedin Profile
  • How to apply for a job when a company isn’t even hiring
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Category:Careers -- posted at: 1:00am PST

What do you do when you decide your current job no longer fits your values?

You fill your iPhone with numbers from all of the CEOs you’ve just made friends with by interviewing them for your blog.

 

(Obviously)

 

Wait… What?

That’s just one of the many ways that our client and HTYC Podcast listener Eric Murphy used to make a career change to his dream job. (take a listen below!)

Eric Murphy was working 10-14 hour days in his engineering role for the gas company in Las Vegas Nevada. It was going well… except that every single day he was feeling the urge to work with an organization that was giving back to the world. He even thought the solar industry might be how he should be spending his time.

He had no idea that he was so far off.

How do you make a career change when you’re burnt out, have no time, and don’t know what fits you?

That’s exactly what Eric wanted to know too! 

Because he wasn’t just trying to make a career change, he was also trying to figure out what career and what company really fit him. 

For every client we work with we help them go through the same process, and Eric was no exception! 

 

1. Determine your Signature Strengths 

2. Create Your Ideal Career Profile (What’s most important to you)

3. Target only companies and opportunities that fit 

 

What was incredibly unique to Eric’s story? 

 

That he was both seeking jobs AND trying to discover what his ideal role was at the same time. 

 

This might not sound like a big deal, but if you’re reading this, I bet you feel like you have to already know exactly what you want to be doing before you go talk to peopl about it! 

 

You don’t! 

 

This was the strategy that we helped Eric use.

Direct download: htyc192.mp3
Category:Careers -- posted at: 1:00am PST

It's safe to say that the decisions we make in life are usually made with our head or our heart.

But, a lot of the time with specific big life decisions, our heads will use all the logic it can to persuade us to stay in the safe zone when it comes to finalizing those big decisions.

Many people find themselves torn when it comes to their career change.

They know and feel deep down inside that something isn't right and they struggle with taking a chance to actually make a change in their career.

Why do we fight what we know to be true in our core?

We see how others reach their goals and we think we must follow in their footsteps to reach the same success.

But, the truth is: we don't.

Success is defined by our own definitions and the way we reach our career milestones and life goals is up to us.

One way to breakthrough the traditional path of success that we've built up in our heads to be the only path of success is to listen to that little voice in the back of our head telling us where we need to be to successfully reach our own career goals (whatever they may look like).

Listen to the podcast to learn how we can learn to listen to our gut intuition and trust ourselves enough to reach our career success.

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So many questions that plague people that have decided to take the bull by the horns and make a career change for themselves.

The ups and downs that they encounter before they make the official jump to a new job position, organization, industry, or business venture are sometimes glossed over once they find success.

But, people that find that success as they transition to a new stage in their career know all too well the hard work, the endless days and nights they were kept awake at night, and the energy it took to put in the work to get where they are today.

One of those people is Cesar Ponce de Leon.

We had the pleasure of working with him as he took on the challenge to move from his previous job in legal affairs to a role at an organization that spoke more to his heart and true life calling.

Cesar ran into a few stumbling blocks along the way, but with the right tools and resources he was able to find success in his career transition.

His story of hard work and non-stop effort is one to take note of, so we've put together an outline of his biggest challenges and the process that he followed to guide him through to reach his career goals.

Check it out!

Direct download: htyc186.mp3
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Have you noticed any reoccurring themes in your life?

These themes can range from the habits you form, the hobbies you enjoy, the work you choose, the tasks you hate, the type of people you surround yourself with, and so on.

Just stop and think for a moment.

Does anything stand out?

The patterns and themes that appear in your life are little nuggets of gold that you shouldn’t hastily push aside when you’re looking to make any big life changes, like a career transition.

As much as we emphasize how digging deeper into your own patterns in your career and life is the first piece of research you need to do before you start down the career change road, we know that sometimes it is hard to accept those patterns for what they truly are.

Just ask our guest, Matthew Toy, who avoided accepting what everyone else around him knew about how big of an impact his own passion for practicing yoga had on his life.

Fast forward to now, and you’ll find Matt teaching and practicing Man Yoga (yoga for men) at the Berkeley Yoga Center, re-educating people on what the practice of yoga really is through his Instagram, as well as at events. He is also the co-founder of a bakery.

With a full life, yoga practice, and career, Matt is now able to look back, reflect, and share his path on how accepting his own life patterns led him to where he is now.

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Sure.

Feeling safe and at ease is great and all, but what goals have you ever achieved by staying in your comfort zone??

We’re willing to bet on not many at all.

Nobody ever achieves much by staying in their comfort zone.

WHY?

Well, achieving goals requires you to aim for something just a little bit out of your reach.

Having a goal makes you look forward to something attainable that may not be in your comfort zone (at the moment).

The question of how and when to reach out of our comfort zones comes up.

When it comes to career change, more likely than not you’ll be faced with the choice to break out of your comfort zone to progress down a new path that may be full of unknowns.

You can look at your career change in one of two ways:

  1. An exciting opportunity to experience something new and grow your skills and knowledge
  2. A big unknown that causes you to feel uncomfortable with the wonder of the what ifs that lead you to revert back and settle in your current job situation

But, the benefits of getting comfortable with feeling uncomfortable far outweigh staying in the little bubble of your comfort zone.

Today, Andy Molinsky - an expert on behavior in the business world and author of the new book, Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge, and Build Confidence, joins us on the podcast. He shares insight on:

  • The 5 key challenges underlying our avoidance tendencies when it comes to uncomfortable situations
  • How to overcome these challenges to achieve your career change goals
  • The surprising discoveries you make about yourself as you continue to face your fears by stepping out of your comfort zone

Listen to my chat with Andy on how to Reach Out of Your Comfort Zone to learn the steps you can take to develop a framework to get comfortable turning whatever you are most afraid of doing and positioning yourself to achieve your goals in your career and life.

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Most people dread the job application process as they try and stand out in a sea of people who are just as qualified and just as hungry to make it through the first portion of the process: the weeding out phase.

Surprisingly, even the “most skilled” people struggle to get their foot in the door when applying for jobs.

But, there is a little population of the workforce that usually doesn’t have that problem. This group of people are the High Performers – the people who get the early promotions, the big raises, and the exceptional treatment.

While the rest of the world goes into the job application process with the mindset of getting the job, high performers go into the process with the mindset of using this phase to collect as much information about the job, the organization, and the culture of the organization to determine if this is a good fit for them.

Wondering how you can get results like High Performers do?

On today’s podcast, we tackle:

  • Why even some of the most skilled professionals still struggle with the hiring process
  • How you can do to position yourself to stand out among the competition
  • The 3 key principles that you can apply to your own job application process to immediately get the results you want

What are you waiting for, listen to JOB APPLICATIONS: How to Get Results to learn more about and how to follow the High Performer route and get noticed by the hiring manager today!

Direct download: htyc178.mp3
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Whether you are currently in a job that no longer satisfies your needs, or if you are just looking to move yourself into another industry to better your career, or if you want to start your own business, your mental energy is key in finding the time and space to make that change for yourself.

You may be thinking, "Yes, but how and where do I even find that extra energy to make a career change, if I'm EXHAUSTED by the end of my day from my current job??"

If you're serious about changing careers, you need to make finding the time to create that energy to sustain you through this transition process. You need to ease your mental stress to focus on more important paths - like your career change.

Listen to the episode to learn the 3 things you can do now to jump start your energy to prioritize finding the time to put your career change plans into motion.

172 Time & Energy and Your Career Change

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Your life's work. It's quite an intimidating thing to think about.

When you look back to your younger years, what do you remember wanting to be when you "grew up"?

Is that the job that you are currently doing?

Sometimes when we look back to those days of innocence, we find where our passion lies.

Half of figuring out your own career transition is looking back at all of your life's experiences and determining what you are naturally good at. What you're known for doing really well by those people that surround you.

Today, our guest Yuri Kruman shares his personal experience in figuring out his own life's work. From trying to please his family's wishes on what they thought would bring him much success, to getting "kicked-out" of grad school, and finally to doing what it is that he is most passionate about in life.

Yuri discusses ways to find out what your natural role is to help you translate that natural ability to a new career.

171 Figuring Out Your Life's Work with Yuri Kruman

Direct download: htyc-171-yuri-kruman.mp3
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Losing a job, going through a career-existential crisis, or even if you've made the conscious decision to make a career change on your own terms, are all BIG LIFE CHANGES.

In any type of life change, it is important to be aware of the effects these changes may have on your health and wellness.

BIG life changes, especially if they are unexpected- like a job loss, can bring on an overwhelming amount of stress. It may feel like the world is turning upside down on you and when you're in it, you might not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But, it's there. Believe me, it is there.

Today, Dr. Phil Carson, a registered Pharmacist and practitioner in alternative, holistic medicines and therapies, joins the show to share his story about the stress he experienced through losing his job, starting a business, losing that business, the growing debt that came with it, and how he was able to come out of it with high spirits.

He also goes on to share tips on how to manage that stress that comes along with big life changes and ways to identify when you need to seek more help.

Check it out: 170 Navigating Through the Stress with Dr. Phil Carson

Direct download: htyc-170-phil-carson.mp3
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