Gaining Confidence & Clarity in Your Career: 5 Ways a Career Coach can Help you Step Into Your Greatness

About 95% of the time when someone asks me “So what do you do?” and I respond with “I’m a Career Coach”, the next questions I’m typically asked is, “How did you get into that?”, “So what do you like actually, really do?”  The best question I’ve ever gotten was “So did you get a degree in Career Coaching?

Let’s start here! I’m a Career Coach, which is kind of like a coach… but for your career 😂😂. To break this down, can I ask you a question? Which industry are coaches the most well-known? Sports(duh)!  

So think of me as the Phil Jackson to your MJ  (sidenote: if you weren’t a Chicago Bulls fan in the 90s, I’m sorry to hear that).

Working with a Career Coach will help you make strides much quicker in your career than you’ve been able to alone. If you’re feeling stuck, complacent, uninspired or straight up discouraged about your career, a Coach will help you uncover the barriers holding you back, ways to overcome them and take action to get you to a place of happiness, fulfillment and empowerment in your career.

We spend over ⅓ of our lives AT LEAST (50% for some) WORKING (whew)! We owe it to ourselves and our mental health to do work that we genuinely enjoy every day. I will die on a hill with that last statement – we should NEVER have to settle in our pursuit of happiness!   Due to the significant amount of time you spend at work, the negative energy from your unhappiness may start to trickle into other areas of your personal life that you weren’t anticipating would be affected.

Here are 5 benefits of coaching and how it can help you tap into the next version of yourself.  

1. Your Career Coach will bring an objective and unbiased perspective.

Have you ever tried having a conversation with someone about your feelings of unhappiness or dissatisfaction with your job and their response is “Girl, you got it good there!” or, “That’s a good job, I would be happy working there if I was you!” They feel you have it better than them and how dare you complain about your situation? This commonly happens with family members as well. My grandma once told me “Baby, don’t leave that good job, they got benefits too? You’ll be fine, just wait it out.”

A Career Coach will not inflict their fear onto you.  We will help you get clear on where the dissatisfaction is coming from and determine whether you really want to make it work at your current job, or if you’ve been holding on by a thread for years and it’s finally time to let it go.

2. Your Career Coach will make you think deeper about how you want to show up and contribute to the world through your work.

The very first thing that I do with my coaching clients, is help them get clear on their career goals on a more intentional and thoughtful level.  Figuring out what you want to do in your career is hard, deep work. It takes effort. It takes unlearning what you thought you wanted out of your life.  It takes mindfulness and giving your future some sedulous thought.

Having dedicated time with your Coach to ask the hard questions about not what you want to do, but who you want to be, what you want to be known for, what problems you’re passionate about solving or who you’re passionate about helping. A common method I practice with my clients is visualization, which I ask them to paint a picture (mentally) of what they want life to look like for them in 5 or 10 years.

Coaching conversations aren’t always easy, however your Career Coach will be able to stretch you mentally and push your limits harder than you may be able to alone. Your coach will challenge you to dream bigger, activating a newfound level of motivation and clarity that you haven’t felt before.

3. Your Career Coach will help you realize that you’re not alone – your feelings of uncertainty  are natural and if used appropriately, can fuel you to take the action to get your career back on track. 

Through coaching conversations, I’ve been able to help my clients understand that their work situation is not the best fit for them, and their current job is not the end all be all.

Have you convinced yourself that things will change at work after you’ve been promised a promotion every year for the past 3 years, only to get overlooked yet again and still expected to stay and deal? I’ve seen this situation play out many, many times similarly for clients. “Work harder and you’ll get it next year”, they will tell you.

When you’re a downright good and loyal person that truly cares about your job – it can turn into an emotionally unstable relationship with your employer if you’re trying to “stick it out”. You may start convincing yourself that it’s a good situation when deep down, you know it’s not.

It takes sharing your situation with someone else to realize that you’re destined for more and don’t deserve to be at a place where you aren’t motivated to be your best. And to first accept that and to know it’s OK (maybe it’s not what you thought it would be after the years of college and a whole degree  later). IT IS OKAY.

Your Career Coach will push you to think about how you can grow from it and move on to something better.  I often ask my clients, “If your work environment isn’t going to change, what can you do within your power to change your situation?”

4. A Career Coach will help you gain clarity on what you want out of your career and ultimately, your life.

Knowing what you don’t want actually gets you closer to what it is that you do want. Questions that I typically ask my clients are What do you want out of your next opportunity? How that is aligned to your future you?

A Coach will help you uncover the barriers in your career that is holding you back from moving forward in your career and deciphering if it’s self-inflicted or based on external factors. Once you identify those barriers, a Coach will help you think through how to address those barriers. It may take having some tough conversations with your boss or coworkers.  

Knowing what you want ( not just salary-wise), being able to take a step back and analyze your career desires holistically, allows you to prioritize your needs so that you’ll easily be able to identify new opportunities.

  1. Your Career Coach will help you increase your confidence in what you bring to the table professionally.

I help my clients  fully step in and own their power. Confidence is everything in your job search. If you aren’t confident in your own abilities, how can you convince an employer to be confident in hiring you? The job search process is already discouraging as is, and we often talk ourselves out of opportunities that we feel we don’t deserve or are unqualified for, despite what our resume says.  Recruiters and hiring managers can sniff out insecurity in a second.

To build confidence, I ask all of my coaching clients to create a brag sheet so that they can see their accomplishments on paper.  This allows them to clearly articulate their value to themselves to build that inner voice first, and then to others.

Your Career Coach will motivate, empower and encourage you to take ownership of your career. You are the driver. You’re already great as is and you don’t need anyone to validate what you’re purposed to do in this world. A Career Coach will help you step into that greatness and start making some real changes to get everything in this life that you deserve. You owe it to yourself.

Until next time, stay FLY!

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How to Succeed In the First 90 Days

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How to succeed in the first 90 days of a new job

Congrats!  So you got the position, now what? Take a second to celebrate and embrace being the newbie on the block. Not only can it be a scary experience, but an enjoyable one of growth and learning.

Here’s some quick tips on how to set yourself apart from Day 1:

1)    Authenticity: Tell your story.

 Don’t be afraid to tell your story. Let people know who you are, your background and why you’re there. Your teammates will appreciate your openness and authenticity, and open up to you as well.  Show humility. Purpose. Passion.

 2)    Inquisitive: Ask questions.

Being a new employee comes with perks, including the right to ask as many questions as you can and need to understand your new role.  Ask who the major players are in you company, and set up meetings with them to ask them questions about their success with the company and the challenges that those in your role previously have faced.

 3)    Determination: Set goals, milestones and a plan for achieving them.  

 Request time with your direct report or supervisor, and find out what your goals should be as someone new in your role. Put yourself on a 30-day, 60-day and 90-day plan. As you start to soak up new information, think about ways to take it a step further. Each plan should come with goals, projects, initiatives.  Constantly meet with your manager to ensure you’re hitting those milestones.

 4)    Relatability: Remember what they tell you and find a common ground.  

 Keep it personal with your colleagues, bosses and up to the C-level execs. Invite your colleagues out to lunch and get to know them.  As you’re walking out of the office on a Friday with your coworker and she says that she’s taking a family trip over the weekend, don’t forget to ask her on Monday how she enjoyed the trip. What about that big meeting your boss has coming up? Don’t forget to ask him how it went afterwards. At my current job, I heard the Company CEO recommend a book, Good to Great by James Collins to a group of incoming interns. Guess who ordered the book the next day? And plans to meet with him to share lessons learned?

 We’ve all heard the saying which plays true in any relationship, they don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

 5)    Creativity: Always look to add value.  

 What challenges does your team currently face? Your boss? Don’t know? Ask them! Take on those messy projects that no one else wants to. Look for ways to add value, without being asked. Your team will appreciate you for your willingness to help, and it will show your dependability and work ethic.  Once they see your dependability, you may start getting projects that add more value and become a value-adding champ and high performer!

Until next time, stay FLY!

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CEO Feature by Toth Shop: Taking Ownership

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Why our founder wants you to dream big

Check out this feature of our Founder, Latesha Byrd, by Toth Shop and Hygge!

As Owner of Byrd Career Consulting, Byrd is a former recruiter turned career consultant and professional branding strategist who offers resources and services for professionals who are ready to make a career move. She makes this happen through a variety of processes and packages that include resume writing, LinkedIn writing, interview, and personalized, coaching sessions.

 Julia Fay Photography 

The biggest problem I see with clients is that a lot of people doubt themselves and their abilities,” Byrd notes. “We don’t take ownership of our careers and the great things we’ve done because we don’t think they’re important – and they are.”

Those services are only made possible through Byrd’s natural warmth and ability to encourage, support, and partner with someone who knows they’ve got more to give the professional world.

Byrd came to that conclusion herself naturally – and early. She grew up fully aware that both college and a career were non-negotiable.

Raised in Raleigh by her mother who worked as a school bus driver, Byrd saw it all; they struggled financially, moving year after year. As a young person, she knew she wanted to position herself for success.

Which is why then during her undergraduate time at University of North Carolina at Charlotte studying Accounting, she started to pursue internships with a variety of organizations. She wanted to get a jumpstart learning the innerworkings of the professional world.

Byrd went on to pursue graduate work at N.C. State University, earning her master’s degree in Accounting immediately following undergrad. As she started her career in accounting though, she started to hear some surprising requests from friends.

“I would have people – friends – reach out to me and ask me if I could help them with their resumes,” she recalls from Hygge’s Camp North End. “More and more people started reaching out to me, and I realized then that I could make money doing this.”

Byrd took that idea and ran with it. She launched Byrd Career Consulting in 2015; since then, she has worked with over 300 clients from Silicon Valley to the East Coast.

Want to read more? Click here!

Thank you to our partners, Hygge and Toth Shop for this story!

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How to Flourish Professionally This Spring

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Lessons for q2 2018

Welcome to Q2 2018! As the flowers start blooming, days get longer and sun starts beaming, don’t forget you have goals to crush this year!   We’re giving you 9 tips to flourish this Spring professionally.

1. Don’t tell your BUSINESS.

Simply put. It’s your business for a reason. Everyone doesn’t deserve to know your personal endeavors or details about your personal life. Don’t overshare! Be wise with WHO knows WHAT!

2. Be SELECTIVE with how you spend your time and energy.

And again, everyone doesn’t deserve you. Time is a piece of life that you can never get back. It’s okay to say no to hanging out with friends, stay in the house and spend some alone time every once in a while.

 3. CONTROL your emotions.

A leader always knows to stay calm and resilient in any situation, no matter the circumstance. When you start thinking negative and have an urge to make a negative comment, dig deep and think about the positives in that particular case.  For example, when I start thinking negatively about paying bills, I’m thankful for the fact that I even bills, because that means I have a roof over my head and a car to get me around and lots of other privileges that many don’t have. 

4. LISTEN. Be PRESENT!

Live in the moment. Don’t let the worries of life consume your mind to the point where you’re not able to focus on what’s going on right now. Whether you’re speaking with a coworker, family or friends, listen and be attentive. People notice when you seem distracted, disinterested and self-absorbed. It turns people off, and you want to show that you respect their time as much as you do your own.

 5. Find your PURPOSE. It comes from learning yourself.

Do you feel like you really know yourself? How can you be true to you and make yourself happy if you don’t know the real you? Whether you are a college student, recent graduate or working professional, take time to get to know you. This can be done through a plethora of things, however I’ve learned from journaling my thoughts and experiences, reading, and meditating. Pay attention to your reactions, habits, emotions, desires and needs.  Once you learn them, you grow a self-awareness and confidence about yourself that is admirable. People will notice your confidence and be drawn to it.

 6. Wake up EARLY! Early BYRD gets the worm. START a morning routine.

How many of us scroll through social media when we first wake up?  Your mind is at its brightest and freshest when you first wake up, don’t waste it liking pictures and reading negative Facebook statuses.

There are amazing benefits that come from getting up early. It sets the tone for the rest of the day and allows you to develop a routine that puts you in the right mindset to face any obstacle!  Find a morning routine that works for you to jumpstart your day. A few things I enjoy doing in the morning include meditating, exercising, journaling, reading and praying. 

7. Ask, “What can I do to make this better”?

When in disagreements with friends, remember what is really most important: the relationship or being right? Whether you win the argument or not, the state of the relationship is essential. Don’t hurt feelings just to prove a point. If a friend is upset with you, whether you agree with their opinion or think “it’s not a big deal”, ask them, “What can I do to make this better”? I guarantee that will help the relationship move forward in a positive light and your friend will appreciate your consideration and respect of their feelings. 

8. Show GRATITUDE. The #1 feeling to get to happiness is gratitude. Be thankful.

Give compliments. Show others you APPRECIATE them. You never know how you can make someone else’ day. Shine a light of love on them, and watch them do the same when you’re down. 

9. INVEST IN YOU.

We spend 40 hours/week working for a company but what about you? After your 8, 9, or even 12 hour work day that you spend making someone else’ money or building another company’s brand, what do you do for yourself?  Don’t get so caught up with working each day and going home catch your favorite television shows, that you forget about yourself. Start building your empire today.  

Think about these 9 things as you reach new heights this Spring. 

Until next time, stay FLY!

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The Year of The Boss Up

2018: The Year of the Boss Up

80% of New Years Resolutions fail by february

80% of New Years Resolutions fail by February 

Happy New Year!  2018 started on a Monday, meaning it’s a brand new year, month and week! Are you ready to take control of your career this year?

To get you in the spirit, we’ve compiled a list of the best career advice that we’ve ever heard. 

Here’s to making 2018 the year of “The Boss Up”. 

1.  Keep going if it’s what you truly want. In the end only your perspective of your life really matters. How you get through it is your peace.

2.  Don’t do it for the money, do it because it is what you are passionate about.

3.  If you die, they’ll send your family flowers and have a replacement in your seat within 48 hours. Look out for you.

4.  Don’t tell yourself no.

5.  Find out what is important to your organization.

6.  What you’re passionate about doesn’t have to be your career for you to be committed to it.

7.  You are your own biggest advocate.

8.  What got you here won’t get you there. Keep learning.

9.  Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to have a life.
10.  Work as if you are being watched.
11.  There’s no traffic on the extra mile. Your opportunities will always find you working.
12.  Don’t bring problems to the table without possible solutions.
13.  You know more than you think, you just have to start moving to realize it.
14.  Stay hungry – don’t become content.
15.  Be yourself, always.

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Until next time, stay FLY!

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The 3 PR’s of Working a Career Fair

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THE 3 PR'S OF WORKING A CAREER FAIR

The 3 PR's of Working a Career Fair

Do you hate career fairs?  Is anyone really a fan of the crowded rooms, long lines and rushed conversations? Well here are some tips & tricks to set you apart from the competition and walk out the career fair feeling like a champ!

before: PREPARE

Get PREPARED!  Do your research! Find out which companies will be there, as the career fair website may have a list of companies that will be in attendance.  Think about what jobs you want to apply for at each company. If the job titles aren’t listed online but the companies are, try searching the Company’s career page for open positions. Pay close attention to the jobs in your particular industry. If you get lucky, you may find the recruiter’s name and can email your resume in advance.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea to make your own list of companies and have handy to make sure you hit your top choices first. Use it as a checklist as you go around and be strategic about the companies you talk to.
Have your elevator speech ready! Write it down, practice it with a friend or in the mirror. Pay attention to your posture and tone (if properly used it exudes confidence).  Key things to bring are several copies of your resume (depending on the amount of companies that are present) and your business card (if you have one). Make sure you have a STRONG resume, one that will stand out against hundreds of other resumes.

during: PROMOTE

Get ready to PROMOTE yourself!  Arrive early! It will take some time to wait in line to register and to wait in line (once again) to meet with each company.

Dress professionally.  Wear comfortable shoes, as you may be standing on your feet for hours. Because career fair events consist of back-to-back personal conversations with employers, make sure you are well-groomed (for example; fresh breath and light perfume or cologne).

When it’s your turn to step up, have your resume out in hand. With a firm handshake and a smile, gracefully share your elevator speech. You can either give your resume to the professional right before you start your elevator speech or wait until after the conversation starts going.  Ask questions about the Company’s mission statement or values, a recent news story about the Company or something pertaining to that specific industry.  After the conversation, ask the professional for a business card and if you can follow up with them. Write a note on the back of the card of something memorable during the conversation (this will make sense in the after phase).

after: PROMISE

PROMISE the hiring managers that you are the best for the job! Follow up with each person you spoke with via email. In the email, be sure to share something that was brought up during the discussion that you have in common (for example; sharing the same hometown). Remember that little note you wrote on the back of their business cards? Perfect timing to use it! You can also bring up any key points that you made during the discussion about your skills and accomplishments. Think of something that would make you stand out against your competition (example; internship experience or SGA President). This is also good timing to add any selling points you wanted to bring up during the conversation and didn’t get a chance to.  Pretty much, explain that you are the best candidate for the position.Follow the Prepare, Promote and Promise guide and you will be a champ at your next career fair!

Until next time, stay FLY!
Latesha

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The Importance of Recharging to Refocus

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Reflect, Regroup, Refocus & Recharge

Reflect, Regroup, Refocus & Recharge

As the year comes to a close, it’s time to start assessing the progress you made and look forward to a fresh start. Take the rest of the year to reflect, regroup, refocus and recharge.  Take a look these 10 questions to ask yourself for 2015 and 2016 to help you move forward with an optimistic outlook.

2015: Boy, what a year!

  • What goals did I make this year that I met?
  • What goals did I miss this year?
  • What were my greatest challenges? How did I overcome them?
  • What were my biggest failures? Any lessons learned?
  • Did I learn any new skills, languages?
  • Did I explore any new cultures?
  • What were my biggest wins?
  • Did I make any strides in my career?
  • How did I improve emotionally, physically, or mentality?
  • What new relationships have I formed and how have they impacted me? Is there anyone I need to reach out to and thank?

2016: I’m coming for ya’!

  • What new business ventures do I want to make?
  • Where do I want to travel and learn a new culture?
  • What past relationships do I want to revive?
  • What relationships do I need to end?
  • Are there any organizations I can join to improve my leadership skills?
  • Where should I direct most of my time and energy?
  • Am I moving in the right direction in my career?
  • What weaknesses can I overcome?
  • How can I start following my passion?
  • What aspect of my life was boring that I need to change?

2016 is your year! Don’t wait until the end of the year to reflect on your goals.   Check back in with yourself each month or every 3 months to make sure you’re moving in the right direction.

Remember, life won’t always be easy but if you are able to learn from your failures and wins, you have the right mindset. That’s what life is about.  Dream big and focus until you fulfill those dreams.

Until next time, stay FLY!

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