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How do you tell your current job you’re leaving?

JustSay (3).pngCongrats! You landed a great new job. You finally get to tell your current job you are out! Or maybe you just realized that it’s time for you to take a break and after careful preparation and consideration you are leaving your current role.  Either way, there is a simple method to follow to leaving your current job.

First, you are going to want to write a polite letter indicating that you are appreciative of your time at the company, but are going to be moving on to a new opportunity.  State your final day and that you will provide any assistance required in finding your replacement.

Keep this letter short and to the point. You don’t want to put anything in writing that you wouldn’t want circulated or published on the internet…2017 problems.

Speaking of your final date, always give at least two-week’s notice, depending on your relationship to the company and the situation leading up to you leaving. You may be told to wrap up your time sooner. It is more of a trend that companies rather just pay out part or all of your two weeks and just ask you to go immediately. They don’t want someone potentially bringing down morale. However, it is appropriate to give at least two week’s notice. If you have been at the company longer or your job is particularly involved, you can always consider more time, but no less than 2 weeks.

Just in case you are asked to leave immediately (or that day), you want to have all of your personal effects ready to go when you turn in your letter of notice. There is nothing more awkward than packing up years of trinkets and clutter PLUS all of your digital affects.  Pay attention to the guidelines of your company, but be sure to save copies of any materials you worked on that could be valuable in your future and start taking home personal items BEFORE you turn in your notice. Most companies track your internet usage, but it doesn’t hurt to run a quick reset on your internet browsers to ensure none of your passwords are there.  A common place to forget about is the downloads drive to erase any personal file you may have downloaded, while you were at lunch of course!

Most of all stay positive. The more positive and upbeat you are about your transition, the less likely it is that things will become very negative or even angry!

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Mentor vs Coach.

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When I speak to clients, an initial reaction is often, “but I have a mentor or a recruiter that I am working with, why do I need (to pay) a coach?” Recently, I learned that LinkedIn is testing a new feature to help people find virtual mentors, which I think is fantastic, but it also opens the flood gate for why someone would want to work with me!

I have already explained the difference between a recruiter and a coach here, but I want to dive a bit deeper into why you might need a coach in addition to a mentor.

A mentor is typically thought of as a person who is more experienced in the work place who can give advice on your growth or specific tasks you are completing.  A mentor is someone who can provide emotional support to you as well as professional support. They can give generalized guidance, but it is unlikely they have all the time you need to guide you through the job search process.

A Career Coach or Consultant is someone who specializes in helping people get new jobs and developing their careers. They may not have the specificity in your field, but they have expertise in the global job-search process, which is rarely field specific.  Furthermore, they provide assistance exactly when and how you need it, because you pay them. They work for you and will give you exactly what you need. They are there to help you focus on your decided goal, not necessarily support you emotionally – though that is part of the gig.  They provide active accountability and keep the ball rolling in the direction of your choosing.

Generally speaking, you pay a Coach or Consultant because they provide on-demand (per your agreement) support catering to the immediate need in the moment. They may or not be working with you long term, but they will understand your goals and get you there.

A mentor can be thought of as a professional friend where as a coach is the person who works with you to get the job done.

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5 Steps to a Rocking LinkedIn Profile

Does your LinkedIn Profile look like a digital resume?
That is all about to change.
1. The Headline:  First you have your headline, which can be updated to include your specialty, focus and interests. In my case, this includes both of my lives. My headline reads: Medical Device Specialist | Marketing | Training | Life & Career Consultant.  This is how recruiters will search for you and know right away if you are in the appropriate category for which they’re seeking candidates.
2. The Description: This is where you are able to talk to the person looking at your profile.  On the main profile page you can see about two lines of the description – make them SHINE!  Just like on a resume, you are only going to get a few minutes of time from someone looking at your profile, so you want to hook them in. Below that, you can include bullet points including you expertise and accomplishments, so no one ever has to go searching in your job details to find them. A bonus is that if they learn enough about you from your description they may not even look through your jobs where they may notice any inconsistencies or that you’re currently unemployed. This is also the place to put your e-mail address. If you want to be contacted, write your email out in your description. Of course Linkedin messenger is an option, but make it known loud and clear you are always available to discuss new opportunities.
3. “Resume”: In this section, make it clear where you were and when you were there, as well as your major accomplishments, in bullet point form – the easier to read, the better. If the company is not well known, it is optimal to include a small company description, as well.
4. Recommendations: Get them. Former colleagues, superiors, lab partners, whoever you can get to say you’re a competent professional!
5. Education: Education becomes less important as we age. However, if you have any professional certificates or degrees you want to make sure they show up in your profile, so that when your future employers searches for candidates with that cert, you show up!
Stay tuned for more articles on how to maximize Linkedin! Connect with me here!

5 Questions to your summer bucketlist

Things are really starting to heat up on the East Coast, so naturally, I want to talk about New Year’s resolutions. I like to think of January as a fresh start, but for most things I am impatient and sometimes impulsive and rarely delay taking action on things that seem fun anyway!

I do believe deeply in setting goals and deciding to make changes, but I also KNOW that January has no magical powers. So let’s start fresh.

Here are 5 questions to ask yourself so that you can have your best summer ever! Try to think big and small here and most of all think specifically!

  1. What do you enjoy about the summer? Activities, weather, increased daylight?
  2. What do you dislike about summer?
  3. How can you plan to maximize the things you enjoy and minimize the things you dislike over the next 12+ weeks of summer weather?
  4. What do you want to accomplish this summer? (Bucket list formed by answers from above)
  5. When can you plan to cross items of your summer bucket list?

To get the ball rolling, here are my answers.

  1. Sunlight early in the morning, going to the beach, water sports
  2. Extreme heat, bugs – mosquitoes love me! – sunburns
  3.  Get out of the house earlier, take trips to the beach & plan to go in the water, get back indoors by midday when its too hot, bring bug spray & sunscreen and USE IT!
  4. Bucket List
    1. Go to the beach at least 3 times
    2. Go stand up paddle boarding at least 1 time
    3. Go kayaking at least 1 time
    4. Run in the morning 1 weekday a week
    5. BBQ at Brooklyn Bridge park at least once
  5. Reviewing my calendar I scheduled a BBQ with some friends and planned when I would go to CT to go paddle boarding!

Share your bucket lists with me below!

My Cardinal Rules for Travel

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

As we approach the heavy travel season, I wanted to share with you my Cardinal Rules of Travel.  They help me enjoy the experience maximally and minimize stress, because it’s inevitably going to happen.
1. Go to the airport early.
Airports now are basically shopping malls. There are tons of things to do, outlets and wifi to use, and some of them even have meditation centers! There is no excuse not to arrive at the airport 1.5-2 hours before domestic flights and at least 3 hours early for international flights. One of the sure ways to start off a vacation on the wrong foot is by being stressed rushing to the airport. Which brings me to my second rule…
2. Pack light!
For the vast majority of travelers, there is very little reason to stress forgetting to bring something. Airports are basically malls if you do, and there are clothing and drug stores available in the vast majority of countries. In fact, in Europe, typically the pharmacists actually provide guidance in finding the best medicine for your need!
3. Plan to your needs.
Some people have the emotional where-with-all to arrive in a city completely blind and figure it out as they go. I am not one of those people. I always have hotels and travel – rental car or trains – figured our prior to boarding our flights.  I like to do my research in advance to see what we should stop by and whenever cost or time savings is possible, we buy tickets to museums and such in advance.
I have food sensitivities, so I also research where the nearest grocery store is and bring some snacks from home to ensure I don’t get HANGRY during the trip!coconut
4.  Do what makes you happy, not what you’re supposed to do!
Don’t go take a picture holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa if that won’t bring you joy. You need to sleep in a day or two once you arrive, then carve out that time. Vacation is for relaxing and recuperating as much as it is about seeing new things! This is a great opportunity to really understand and act on your own wants and needs.
5. Take all the pictures…of things you will appreciate later.
While the facebook likes are a bonus, taking photos that you can actually reflect on and can bring back positive memories later is essential to me. Don’t worry about taking a picture of a historic site you barely remember, but absolute take a photo of your amazing cup of tea!
What are your Cardinal Rules of Travel? Do you enjoy traveling or prefer to spend vacation relaxing at home?

What the heck is work-life balance?

One of the most-commonly used millennial buzz phrases is “work-life balance.” Work-life balance is usually discussed as this magical act where you both have time to thrive at work and in your personal life. The holy grail of work-life balance is usually viewed as the friend who seems to work 9-5, runs marathons and makes it to happy hour, all while making a six-figure salary.

That friend certainly does juggle work and life well, but I wanted to share an alternative definition and viewpoint on the topic.
Work-life balance is having the time and means to do things YOU want to be doing, while feeling rested. I add feeling rested because you cannot find balance when you are exhausted or not sleeping. I spent years trying to include happy hour and dinner in restaurants into my work-life balance schedule, but I didn’t find balance, I found it overwhelming. In time, I realized dinner and happy hour were not what I WANTED to be doing. They were what I thought I SHOULD be doing.
Here is how I reclaimed my life and found work-life balance.
1) I got very clear on what I wanted/needed professionally. For my day job, I wanted to be able to work 9-5 or better (flexibly to work early or late if I wanted). When I approached my job search, this was a priority to me, and I was able to stand strong in this value and find a job that worked for me. This is not to say that I won’t work late if a project needs to be finished, but I did not take a job with expectations of a 9-7 schedule.
2) I got very clear on what I wanted and enjoyed personally. It can be so difficult to get out of the “I should” box, and often we have to do things we don’t totally want to do. But I fully believe, at least 80% of the things we do should be things we are fully on board with. I started running and quickly realized that if you want to wake up early on Saturday to run, Friday Happy Hour was going to be out for me. And I felt relieved… the first sign I wasn’t doing something I WANTED to be doing. Go through the weekend and next week really checking in whether you enjoy what you are doing through your days and how often you are in control of your schedule. You may be surprised to find out you just roll with the flow all too often. Keep track of how many things you planned to do and just never got done or had to rush through – including laundry.  Having clean clothing is an important part of life.
3) Write it down. After you have spent some time really understanding what it is you want to be doing, make a list. Review the list and try to understand what it is that you are lacking in your life. I encourage you to evaluate your work days and see how often you are not as efficient as you could be. Leaving the office a few minutes earlier could open the door for you to accomplish one extra small task in your day, bringing more peace into your life

What is your why?

Why-Your “Why” is the motivating factor that drives you. For many people, it is “success” or “money” or “family”. But what do those things really mean?

Like so much of my strategy to identifying your sweet-spot job, you need clarity here. You need to imagine yourself experiencing your Why.
If you want success, does that mean fame and attention on social media? Does it mean a certain job title? Does success mean finding balance in work and life? I am sure you can see what I mean.
As always, one of the best ways to dig deep here is to journal. Write down a big list of all the things you want in your life, from “become CEO” to “2.5 kids and a white picket fence.”  You can have everything you want if you just keep your mind open to it!
Give each item a priority – A,B,C. This will force you to identify your most important Whys. Find the line that pulls them all together – this is your Why.