A career path is not like a ladder moving a career in a straight upward direction. In fact, for many it never was. A career process could be seen as more of a Career Hopscotch than a career ladder.
Create a Career Hopscotch
Create a Career Hopscotch using index cards. Make a card for each of the categories below and add your own if desired. Use different card arrangements to see what your career might look like. Ignite your imagination as you think of career possibilities with a fluid career moving through different emphasis on family, career, and education. At any time you might reverse the order as priorities and needs change.
As an example, after completing your basic education, you will probably work and then get further training. A degree, certiﬁcate, and training are still important but the added element of gaining real experience while learning is now the norm. In fact, you can often get the best experience through internships and volunteer work while you are in school.
Make a card for each of the categories below and add your own if desired. Use different card arrangements to see what your career might look like.
Career Hopscotch Example
My “Career Hopscotch” looks something like this, with the expectation that I will do a reverse hop and repeat some of my previous steps.
The steps may change as I get to the end of the hopscotch, reverse and go back through the many stages of my career. My coaching and writing businesses are the culmination of my career, with education weaving throughout. Seeing your career process as a hopscotch game rather than a career ladder will give you the freedom to pursue many interests during your lifetime. Enjoy the game!
from Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success, originally posted 2013
Can you guess what companies are hiring now? It is not hard to think about the services you are using while staying safe at home. You hear about the heroes during this crisis who are keeping us safe, taking care of our health, keeping food on the shelves, and delivering needed supplies. What else does it take to keep our infrastructure humming along and keep us supplied with necessary goods and services? There are a number of companies hiring. You may be asking yourself if you want to work for these companies, would you feel safe working for them, and could you get an interview for a job you really want? It is the perfect time to think about what you want for your future and that of your career.
Two career counselors, Gohar Srapyan and Nancy J. mIller, developed the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club, with free and low cost paid memberships, to share information and discuss relevant career topics through a private Facebook group, Zoom meeting discussion topics, and Homework Challenges. There is a wealth of information available, often free. I sometimes feel like I am being infobombed. I don’t know about you, but it can give me a big headache, so we are sifting through mountains of great information to share with you what we feel is most relevant.
You may feel like you have gone through the several cycles of grief, more than once already, and not sure what to do next. Take a moment to breathe deeply. Suck in some healthy oxygen. It’s still free and available. You may feel like you are tired of Zoom meetings and don’t want to talk about your current or future state, but there is no better time to join a supportive group who have similar struggles. We talk, you listen, then you can join the discussion if you would like. As the group grows, we will feel more comfortable sharing.
The leaders of virtual job club are introverts. We decided we would stretch ourselves and learn to be more flexible and adaptable in our careers and grow through offering Zoom meetings. Nancy is a Career Counselor, Life Coach, and author who doesn’t love giving presentations to a computer. Gohar is a tech savvy career counselor and teacher who prefers face to face. We hope you will grow with us by joining the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club and stretch your self-limits.
Here are some lists of companies that are hiring. We can help you sift through what is available, and then look at ways to access jobs your are interested in through the hidden job market.
These are the top 45 companies hiring:
McDonald's 58,088 🔼
AutoZone 44,820 🌞
CVS Health 31,592
Pizza Hut 29,538
Dollar General 29,347 🔼
Home Depot 21,825
Taco Bell 21,576 🔼
Advance Auto Parts 14,538 🌞
7-Eleven 13,254 🔼
Cracker Barrel 10,923
Burger King 10,277 🔼
Safeway 9,861 🔼
Dollar Tree 8,755
Office Depot OfficeMax 8,695 🔼
Army National Guard 8,487
Applebee's 8,049 🔼
Papa John's 8,039
Apple 7,589 🌞
Dunkin' Donuts 6,832 🔼
Healthcare Services Group 6,649 🌞
Wendy's 6,555 🔼
Pilot Flying J 5,781 🔼
Food Lion 5,607
Amazon Web Services (AWS) 5,529
Maxim Healthcare Services 5,266 🔼
Northrop Grumman 4,795
Securitas 4,777 🔼
Albertsons 4,619 🔼
L Brands 4,445 🌞
Aldi 4,088 🔼
Brookdale Senior Living 4,053 🌞
General Dynamics 3,996
Lockheed Martin 3,506
🌞 = New addition
🔼 = More jobs than last week
from jobhunt.org, https://bit.ly/2WhP2Jl
More job lists:
We would love your comments on whether or not you feel like the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club, would be helpful for you. We appreciate suggestions and comments.
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Use this resume checklist to make sure your resume will catch the attention of a person or computer scanner.
Print your resume.
Your cover letter is your opportunity to not only show your relevant skills and experience, but also to show why people will want to work with you; why you are likable and will work well with their team. If possible, tell or show what you did to improve something about the work or business in the last place you were employed. Address the letter to the hiring person if at all possible.
Following this checklist and writing a cover letter whether requested or not, takes time, but the effort will set you apart from other applicants.
For assistance reviewing and revising your resume, contact Career Counselor/Certified Life Coach, Nancy J. Miller for convenient affordable coaching sessions by phone or Skype. To schedule a complimentary conversation to discuss your needs, contact Nancy at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A book and a resume both tell your story, but in very different ways. When an author sits down to write her true story for a book, she writes down her accomplishments and how she has made a difference in her family, work or the world. She thinks of challenges and conflicts and how she resolved them.
A job seeker lists accomplishments they are proud of and challenges they faced along the way to finding success. Then they give examples or paragraph stories about each accomplishment or challenge and then how they resolved it. Taking the time to write a short story or outline first will help the job seeker create their story in concise bullet points, with examples to fit the team they want to be a part of. Writing your resume as a story first will help you find the important nuggets and then answer the Tell Me About Yourself interview question––that is not really a question––but a heart stopper for some.
Eight similarities between a book and a resume.
The most important difference between a true story and a resume is the length. Your resume is a synopsis of your story. As with your story it is written for your target audience.
Share more ways a book is like a resume.
See also 14 Strategies For Effective Job Search
Author Nancy J. Miller, M.S. is a Career Counselor/Certified Life Coach at Creative LifeWork Design. She is author of the books, Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success, Vegetable Kids in the Garden, The Vegetable Kids Cafeteria Club and Vegetable Personality Styles to promote healthy relationships, lifestyles and self-esteem. Nancy publishes professional articles on careers, business and health. She gives presentations on the Vegetable Personality Styles™ she developed based on the four basic vegetables colors and the way they grow. Nancy uses a holistic practical approach to coaching entrepreneurs, professionals, and writers to create business and career success in harmony with their strengths, values, and lifestyle.
Connect with Nancy.
Coaching website: www.nancyjmiller.com
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Janet Hignight shared her love of art when I asked her what she likes about drawing characters. She enjoys painting, decorating and hairstyles that all come together as she creates characters and environments for her drawings in The Vegetable Kids Cafeteria Club.
Janet shared what she likes about drawing characters, "I have always been fascinated by people's faces. Everyone has a nose, mouth, eyes and ears but every person looks different. To be able to capture that facial difference in a drawing and make up my own is really a pleasure. It's like connecting with people I invented and bringing them to life. I make them with a personality, dress them and help to put them in situations that are appropriate for them. It's fun to see them come alive through the pencil in my hand. I am excited to get started on a new set of characters for a new story. My mind comes alive, then my hand and pencil, then the character on the page. Even though we are all so different from each other we all have similarities as well. It's that blend that gives life to the faces."
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I received my Life Coach Certification through iNLP Center, a comprehensive coach training program approved by ICF. I continue to update my training through their many programs and support systems.
I couldn’t be happier with iNLP Center’s professional training and support. I was an NLP Practitioner when I started the NLP/Life Coach training with iNLP Center. My previous in-person training was excellent, but the skills I wasn’t using regularly, I would forget. I furthered my NLP knowledge and skills while applying those skills to Life Coaching in my training at iNLP Center. There have never been hard sales from iNLP Center, as I have found with some training programs, just opportunities for excellent continued professional training. I have access to all of the worksheets, live classes, and live or recorded webinars that I continue to take advantage of to stay active and current in my skills. I made friends that I still connect with and support through Skype. The iNLP Center programs have gone through changes and updates since I began the program, and they continue to improve with ICF Accreditation. Soon I will begin the training for Coaching Package Creation. I would recommend iNLP Center to anyone interested in Life Coaching, NLP training, hypnosis or any of their programs.
If you have a story in your head, the beginnings of a book, or you are deciding how to publish, this class is for you.
Includes 1-2 emails each week as needed with worksheets, homework, and email responses from your instructor, Nancy J. Miller. Nancy will tailor the class to fit your needs. She also offers Life Coaching for Writers to get you on the road from idea to publication. Nancy will help you find where you are in your writing/publishing process and start you on the section that best fits your needs.
Life Coach Nancy J. Miller, Fire Up Your Profile For LIfeWork Success and Vegetable Kids in the Garden, has been writing, publishing and coaching new writers and publishers for the last five years. She is an Associate Editor for the National Career Development Association's Career Convergence web magazine and has written professional articles for the web and print.
It took writing and blogging for Nancy to final take action on her first book. Now she loves inspiring writers to keep writing, get their story out of their heads and on to the page, and then share with others.
Contact Nancy if you have an interest in the class and she can tailor it to fit your needs. She also offers writing coaching to get you on the road from idea to publication.
Strategies For Effective Job Search Class $50/month
Includes 1-2 emails each week as needed with worksheets, homework, and email responses from your instructor, Nancy J. Miller.
Job search is more than a resume. Includes identifying skills you want to use, where you want to work, making a plan, and taking action.
Review the 14 Strategies For Effective Job Search
Find where you are in the process using a Job Search Worksheet and progress as quickly as you would like through the course.
Contact Nancy for more information about the course.
For solving problems of procrastination, distractions from completing projects, or challenges to finishing goals. The class will cover one problem, which might be a problem within a problem.
Email Class $60 with a 30 minute coaching (can be 15 minutes each) requiring a simple Coaching Agreement.
What you will learn:
A 3-Step Model for solving problems
A process you can use to solve future problems
What you will do:
Clarify a problem (could be a problem within a problem)
Go through a process to solve one problem
Have a 30-minute coaching call (or two 15 minute sessions) to help with the process
Contact Nancy if you have questions about the class.
Do you have a problem stuck in your head without a solution? Contact NLP Certified Life Coach, Nancy Miller, M.S. to work on problem solving strategies. Email: email@example.com.
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