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Professionally Surviving the Economy

Professionally Surviving the Economy
As the Great Recession still impacts the economy and job market, one local career coach offers tips for the working world. So read on if you want to keep your job, find a job or switch career fields.

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No matter your professional circumstances, Cincinnati Career Coach Dana Glasgo probably has some advice to help your situation. And with 20 years' experience in career coaching after a career in human resources, Glasgo knows what she's talking about.

 

So Cincy Chic connected with Glasgo to hear her top tips for various professional categories. Find your category below to gain her insight.

 

The Working Professional Wanting to Keep Her Job

 

1. "Employed people continually need to keep their skills sharp," Glasgo says. As a rule of thumb, she recommends adding at least on tool to your professional "toolbox" every year. You can take a class, attend a workshop or even look to a mentor for helping you learn that new skill.

 

2. "Continue networking," Glasgo says. "People think once they land [a job], this networking thing's over." While you don't necessarily need to expand your network, she recommends maintaining and strengthening the network you already have. One of Glasgo's clients had 400 contacts he connected with about twice a year — once on their birthday and once on their anniversary. For an even stronger connection, Glasgo meets with one of the people in her network every week.

 

3. "You have to continue to look the part," Glasgo says. Keep your wardrobe and hairstyle up to date. Maintain a healthy lifestyle to help you look and feel good and give you energy 061410VALLEYVIEW.GIFto face your workday. "We're marketing the product, and who's the product? The product is us," Glasgo says.

  

The Laid-off Employee or College Grad Looking for a Job

 

1. "Have a focus," Glasgo says. While that focus might include two to three possible career paths, it should be specific to your goals and aspirations.

 

2. "Have a clean, crisp 30-second and two-minute commercial about yourself and what position you're seeking," Glasgo says. Use your focus to help you package your career search into these brief commercials. Practice them so that you are ready to present them easily and confidently in the right opportunity. Then, seek out those opportunities by connecting with your contacts, but rather than looking to them for a job, ask them for career advice and one or three additional people to contact.

 

3. "[Have] a very current resume that identifies your skills and your accomplishments," Glasgo says. And the days of a one-size-fits-all resume have passed. Each resume you hand out should be tailored to a specific position that follows your focus from step No. 1. Also, rather than listing your responsibilities of your previous jobs, Glasgo recommends identifying your accomplishments. "I know what a customer service rep does, but what difference did you make on the job? What process improvements? What quality improvements? Sales? The more you can quantify, the better," she says.

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The Career Changer Wannabe

 

1. Assess yourself. "I give them several assessments: the Myers-Briggs Career, the Strong Interest Inventory, StrengthsFinder and my own adult questionnaire, and we take all four assessments and we meld them together and we see what it tells us," Glasgo says. From these assessments, you can find a couple different career paths that might fit your fancy.

 

2. "Interview folks in those careers," Glasgo says. While those career paths might jive with your personality or skill set, they might not be exactly what you're looking for, so interviewing people in the position will help you narrow your search to one or two potential paths.

 

3. "Go out and work it for a while," Glasgo says. If you continue your passion and excitement for a career change after thoroughly interviewing professionals who already have your desired career, you should experience it first-hand before you make the leap. Start developing a skill set through research and work at a job related to your career goal.

 

For more information about Glasgo or her career coaching services, check out CincinnatiCareerCoach.com.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS
Photographer: Neysa Ruhl
Model: Dana Glasgo
Location: Cincy Chic Offices
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