It’s in 3 days!

It’s in 3 days!

You still have time to sign up for my BRAND NEW FREE online workshop, “How To Ditch Your Dead End Job and Find a Career You Love” on Thursday, October 9th at 6pm PST.

(Ready to cut to the chase and reserve your spot? Click here)

We already have hundreds registered and I can’t wait to chat with you all!  Not only will you learn how I got my career unstuck, but I will show you exactly what I teach to my clients including my “Love Your Career Formula” that has helped hundreds of women transition into fulfilling and satisfying careers.

On this groundbreaking workshop, you will learn:

  • The exact formula to determine what your dream career is so that you never get stuck in a job you hate again.
  • The 5 most common mistakes that job searchers make and how to avoid them.
  • How to set up a simple and powerful job search system that attracts opportunities like a magnet.
  • 5 ways to get over your networking barriers with a networking action plan.
  •  The very first step you should take when job searching (and it’s not updating your resume!!)
  • The 5 questions you must ask yourself for clear direction for your professional future.
  • And more!

Here’s that link again to reserve your spot in this complimentary workshop. (Remember, it’s in 3 days).

– Anna

P.S. As you probably already know, (and may have experienced yourself first-hand), finding a career you love is easier said than done. Let me walk you through my steps to getting your career unstuck in 90 days or less.  Reserve your spot here.

P.P.S. Just by showing up live to the webinar, you will be registered to win my “Ultimate Career Success Toolkit” (a $2,000 value!)  Feel free to invite your girlfriends and colleagues but please remember to reserve your spot HERE

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How To Decide If You Should You Stay Or Leave Your Job + Free Quiz

How To Decide If You Should You Stay Or Leave Your Job + Free Quiz

This video is the second in the series counting down to my live webinar training on October 9th at 6pm PST called, “How to Ditch Your Dead End Job and Find a Career You Love.” If you are signed up, I can’t wait to chat with you on the live call! If you aren’t signed up, what are you waiting for! Go to loveyourcareerformula.com and sign up now!

Have you been in your current job for awhile wondering if it is time to make a career change?  Here is the sign you have been waiting for!!  Today I am going to tell you how to know if it is time for a career change.

Tune in to learn how to know if it is time for a career change:

5 Signs It Is Time For a Career Change:

  1. You are not valued, rewarded or appreciated.  Are you working your butt off and no one is noticing and saying good job?
  2. You are not challenged anymore and there is no opportunity for growth in your current job. You are stagnant and you don’t have motivation to learn more. You are doing the same thing everyday. Eventually, you will become an expert and you won’t be challenging yourself to learn more.
  3. You don’t trust your company.  Your company is doing something sneaky and you don’t like what you see or hear.
  4. You have lost your excitement and passion for you job. You should be enjoying what you do.
  5. You know in your gut. The fact that you are watching this video or reading this article is a sign it is time for a career change!  Trust your gut!

Free Quiz: Should I Stay Or Should I Go

This decision doesn’t have to be tricky! To make it simple for you, I created a free quiz for you.  Once you determine your score, I tell you the exact steps you should take next.

Click here to download the QUIZ.

I have it down to a science after training so many women and I have put it together into a formula called my 90-Day Love Your Career Formula Program to get your career unstuck in 90 days or less. And that is what I will be teaching you on my upcoming live free training workshop.

See you on October 9th! –>>>Click here now to sign up.

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My Career Journey and How It Can Help You (VIDEO)

My Career Journey and How It Can Help You (VIDEO)

This video is the first in the series counting down to my live webinar training on October 9th at 6pm PST called, “How to Ditch Your Dead End Job and Find a Career You Love.” If you are signed up, I can’t wait to chat with you on the live call! If you aren’t signed up, what are you waiting for! Go to loveyourcareerformula.com and sign up now!

If you would rather read the transcript, here you go!

So let’s start with my journey and we are going to go way back to college. I had no idea what major to pick. My mom said I should pick math because it would make me look smart and I would get into college. Fortunately, I got into college but quickly realized that I didn’t want to be a math major. So I became undeclared up until my junior year. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my career.

Then I got an A+ in my finance class, so my college counselor said I should probably pick business and concentrate in finance because I was good at math. So I did and ended up going into finance after graduation too because I was good at it. And this begins my journey of getting stuck in a job I hated.

If you are also feeling stuck, I have been in your shoes. I remember what it was like when I was stuck in a job I hated. I wasn’t happy and fulfilled in my career and it was keeping me up at night.  I was so stuck and I would apply to jobs over and over again online with no luck. I blamed the economy and was frustrated that I wasn’t doing all that I was capable of. I just didn’t fit in my job.  I mean I was doing well and getting promoted but something was just off.  It just didn’t fit me.  I would job search in the morning, on my lunch break and then when I would come home from work. This might be what you are going through as well.

I got my MBA because I thought that would help me get a new career but I was still in the same position at graduation. Same job and totally stuck. I was an introvert so applying online was really easy but I was NOT getting any results. My resume was pretty good I knew because I had my career counselor review it so I was pretty confident in it but no results over and over again.  At one point I was just applying to any old job that I could find online because I was DESPERATE!  And I think employers knew that because I had no luck.

For years, I was stuck in a job I hated.  

I would literally come home crying to my husband and some weekends I just couldn’t relax because all I could think of was work and how I needed to get out of there and how I dreaded Monday and didn’t want to face what was on my plate on Monday morning. It was impacting my relationships because my work life was off. I couldn’t attend happy hours or social events because I had to work or I was crying about work.  I was just barely holding on.

The only thing keeping me holding on was that I had picked up a side project that helped me realize what I was passionate about. I was able to teach a “How To Navigate Your Career Class” as an Adjunct Instructor at my company that I LOVED. I helped people review their personality assessments and figure out how to navigate within the company into roles that they loved so they could be happy at work.  It was on my own time and I didn’t get paid for it. I had to put a lot of extra hours in but it didn’t matter. It was work that fit me. And then I realized, I wasn’t in a full-time role that fit my interests, personality and motivations.  It was such a lightbulb because I finally was learning more about myself. I was learning the things I liked and didn’t like and was starting to get that clear direction of where I needed to go next. I realized that finance was a skill I was good at but I didn’t enjoy it. It wasn’t my favorite skill. But I loved teaching, training and coaching and realized that I wanted to do that for my career.

But another year went by and I was still be in the same position.

I got comfortable. Nice salary.  Promotions. 

But something was just off.  I was in limbo.  I was just making it through the days.  Living for the weekends. Letting life pass me by.  Just saying whatever I guess this is just how my career will go. I didn’t get the wonderful opportunities that I knew I could do. I will just settle with what I have now. A job is just a job and it pays the bills. I just have to keep doing it because I don’t have another choice. I just didn’t care.

It’s so sad to think of this time in my life because I just let go.  

But there was this whole other side door opening that I wasn’t aware of.  There was this door of happiness by working on my blog. The door to work I loved and complete personal fulfillment.  Living a life of purpose and making a difference. A career that totally fit me in this door over here.  But, I didn’t know that then just like you don’t know what is through that door for you right now. There was a step or a major leap that I needed to take. But,  I almost didn’t take that step until I had a major life tragedy. And this is the part of the story that I have really never shared on any of these free trainings I have done in the past.

There was one day when my entire life changed.  And you could say that it was either the worst day of my life or best day of my life.  I don’t know if you are at rock bottom yet and I surely hope that you are not because I would never wish for this rock bottom on anyone.

But, after years of putting up with a job I hated, I hit rock bottom.

I was in a hospital emergency room with my husband in the middle of Seattle at midnight. It was after a wedding that my husband was the best man in.  We went straight from his best man speech to the hospital to find out I was miscarrying my first baby.  Now ever since I initially found out I was pregnant I was just emotional, stressed and hating life because of my job.  I am not going to get into the studies of whether stress even causes something like that. But I do know that my body was not in balance and something was very off.

And when this doctor told me that I was miscarrying, I was in shock but instead of mourning my baby at that moment. All I could think of was my job.  The first thing out of my mouth to my husband and the scared doctor was “I hate my job. I need a new job.” Yes, irrational considering what was going on in my life.

I was so terribly stuck that the first thing I thought of in a major tragedy was my job!

Ever since that moment I have had this fire in me. I have had a purpose. And I beg of you not to let as much time go by stuck in a job that isn’t the right fit for you as I did.  Please, if you are feeling discontent in your current role, it is time. You don’t need to hit rock bottom and have a major life tragedy like mine to give yourself a jolt to make a change. This is the jolt.  I am here to tell you that I know you can feel it if I am talking to you, your time is now.  That is why you are reading this article. That is why I am doing what I do with my life.

What happened next is we paid off $80,000 of debt in 18 months. Without debt controlling your life, you can make life and career decisions that really make you happy.  I un-trapped myself and other options came flooding in. You aren’t trapped.  Plan your work around your life, not your life around your work.

I believe with all of my heart that the situation of my life circumstances has led me here to lead you through your next open door – your next career move.

I believe that you’re ready for something bigger in your life. You’re on the verge of something big, aren’t you?  

So I want my journey to help you and here’s how it can.

The truth is that most people start a career search the wrong way and end up just back where they started….stuck in another dead-end job that still doesn’t fit them.

The real secret to finding a career you love is knowing what to focus on.

So join me in my live webinar on October 9th so that you can finally find work that is fulfilling, exciting and challenging. Go to loveyourcareerformula.com to sign up! 

To make finding your dream job quick and easy for you, we will break it down into three core principles:  Understanding Yourself, Time Management for Efficient Job Searching and a Networking Action Plan.

This webinar is for YOU if you want to finally create a plan that will produce REAL RESULTS for your job search.

I have it down to a science after training so many women and I have put it together into a formula called my 90-Day Love Your Career Formula Program to get your career unstuck in 90 days or less. And that is what I will be teaching you on the live training workshop.

And make sure you download your webinar workbook before the call!

See you on October 9th! –>>>Click here now to sign up.

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[FREE WORKSHOP AND CONTEST] How to Ditch Your Dead End Job

[FREE WORKSHOP AND CONTEST] How to Ditch Your Dead End Job

Are you struggling to figure out exactly what you should be doing in your job search to find a career you love?

Are you tired of worrying about whether or not you are job searching correctly or just wasting a bunch of time?

In this day and age, none of us have time to waste on things that don’t generate results.

I’ll be the first to admit that getting out of a job you hate can be really frustrating and overwhelming. I’ve done it myself.

But don’t fret.

I’m here to help you say adios to your dead end job and find a fulfilling career you love for the rest of your career.

Here’s a video I just recorded for you with all the details:

I would be honored to be your trusted advisor and help you navigate the (sometimes tricky) waters of job searching to increase your happiness and success.

If you can stay one step ahead of your competition, you are sure to see a steady stream of quality opportunities come your way.

So how do you stay one step ahead?

You need to create a job search action plan with the foundation of the plan built on your unique strengths and your personality, interests and motivations (and not 100% reliant on your resume or online job postings). That way you can easily attract networking opportunities that will lead you to a job you love.

To help you put this strategy into action, next week I’m hosting a new, live workshop, “How to Ditch Your Dead End Job and Find a Career You Love.”

Join me and I will show you how to do it step-by-step. :)

Click here to register for my free training <<——-

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Here’s what we’ll cover in my action-packed training:

To make finding your dream job quick and easy for you, we will break it down into three core principles:  Understanding Yourself, Time Management for Efficient Job Searching and a Networking Action Plan.

  • Understand Yourself: I’ll show you how to narrow down your search by self-reflection to discover your “Ideal Workday” – a fabulous workday that you would love to have from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed.
  • Time Management For Efficient Job Searching: It’s not about how much time you spend job searching. Instead, it’s about having an effective and strategic job search (I’ll show you how to save 1 hour everyday to devote to getting results job searching).
  • Networking Action Plan: Discover what’s working right now with LinkedIn and social media networking to turn your network into dream job opportunities. (You can find hiring managers and recruitiers for your dream job and I’ll show you how.)

This webinar is for YOU if you want to finally create a plan that will produce REAL RESULTS for your job search.

Click here to register for my free training <<——- 

Can’t wait to see you there!

– Anna

P.S. I also will be holding a contest and three lucky winners who register and show up live will receive my “Ultimate Career Success Package” valued at over $2,000.  This webinar will fill up quickly, and once 500 people are live on a webinar, no one else can get on. You don’t want to be locked out, so make sure to Sign Up Now and show up 10 minutes early to grab your seat!

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Stay in Corporate or Start a Biz? Here’s How to Decide

Stay in Corporate or Start a Biz? Here’s How to Decide

Do you want to be employed or do you want to be the employer? Starting a business is not the right path for everyone. Deciding whether to remain in a job or build a business should be done with less emotion and a lot of thinking. Giving up the security of a full-time job to start your own business is a very risky move. But whatever decision you make, you’ve got to do what you’re passionate about.

Many women I speak with have dreams of building a business but just see no way it could happen because they have bills to pay and a family to support. I was in the same boat a few years back. I knew I had what it takes to build a business but didn’t want to leave the comforts of my mediocre, well-paying job. But where’s the challenge and fun in that?

To be honest though, I would never have thought after college I would end up starting my own business.  All through college and even in business school, starting my own business never even crossed my mind. But then I started realizing that my personal values and motivations fit being the boss, rather than being the employee.  In my corporate job, I had so many great ideas but they would always get squashed by my clients and managers. I knew that my systems and ideas could save lots of money and make my team so much more efficient, but my hands were tied. I couldn’t convince anyone to make any changes and it was very frustrating. So I started dreaming of starting my own company where I could actually make my big ideas happen.

You absolutely must investigate what the right career path is for you. So here are some steps to help you decide whether you should stay in a corporate or start your own business:

Step #1: List The Reasons Why You Might Want to Build Your Own Business

On a sheet of paper, list the reasons why you want to start a business. Write down what drives you, is it all about the money or do you see a strong need for the product/service that you want to offer? Is there a problem that you want to solve? Do you want to help people? What is your mission in life and how does it relate to the mission of the business you want to start?

Some of the reasons that I started my business were because I wanted to help others find work they love. I also wanted autonomy and flexibility to work when and where I wanted to, not just from 9-5pm in a cubicle. I also wanted to do be in charge of my own professional future and not rely on a company to pay for my retirement.

Step #2: Make a Pro vs. Con List 

Make an extensive list of all the pros and cons. I listed a few pros and cons here.

Working in Corporate Pros:

  • If you stay in a company for a long time, you’ll be more likely to rise in seniority. And with this, you get the chance to lead others or mentor newcomers.
  • Many organizations increase their employees’ salary if they stay for a certain number of years.
  • Working in a large company provides access to resources and technologies.
  • You will find smart and well-experienced colleagues and you can learn from them.

Working in Corporate Cons:

  • Even if you hate your boss, you have to deal with it.
  • You have no security that your job will always be available.

Working For Yourself Pros:

  • You make a living doing what you love.
  • You’re in control of your financial future.
  • You have the freedom to choose what projects and which clients you want to work with.
  • You have a chance to earn more.
  • You may feel accomplished for building something that’s all your own.
  • You hire who you want to work with.

Working For Yourself Cons:

  • Finances will be more complicated and you have to deal with uncertain income and cash flow.
  • You have to do everything yourself or hire someone else to help you.
  • Everyday you have to be motivated and work as a self-starter.
  • You pay your own benefits.

Step #3: Decide if Entrepreneurship is Right for You

Do you have what it takes to build and run your own business? As an entrepreneur you need to be optimistic. Starting a business can be tough and stressful. You have to be prepare emotionally and financially and you have to be committed. You need to know for yourself if you’re really passionate about your product and/or services.  Test yourself! Building a successful business takes more than a great idea and the money to get it started.

If you answer yes to some of the below questions, then it could mean that becoming an entrepreneur is the right choice for you:

  • Is it important to you to accomplish something meaningful with your life?
  • Do you typically set both short and long term goals for yourself?
  • Do you usually achieve your goals?
  • Do you enjoy working on your own?
  • Are you self-disciplined?
  • Can you afford to lose the money you invest in your business?
  • When the need arises, are you willing to do a job that may not interest you?
  • Do you usually stick with a project until it is completed?

P.S. If you are ready to get into your dream job or start your dream business ASAP, my 90-Day Love Your Career Formula opens on October 9th. This program now includes a  SPECIAL TRACK FOR WOMEN CONSIDERING ENTREPRENEURSHIP which I am really excited about! Get on the list to receive some super secret training that will start coming out right away.

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How to Stay Motivated When You Hate Your Job

How to Stay Motivated When You Hate Your Job

OK, I admit it. I will tell you a secret just between you and I…..I stayed in a job I hated for many, many years because I had a good salary and health benefits and a mortgage and other bills to pay.  I dreaded walking into the doors of the office to a job that didn’t fit who I really was.

I share a lot on this blog about how to find a job you love and I hope that you have found it helpful. But for most of you, there is an amount of time where you have to stay in a job you might hate until you can find that dream job.  I don’t want to ignore you and pretend like it’s fun. It’s definitely not! So while you plan your exit route, here are some tips to stay motivated at a job you hate.

1) Find the Root of the Problem

What’s keeping you from feeling positive at work? Find where the problems lie and start forming possible solutions. Just because you hate your job doesn’t mean you have to throw in your towel right away. You may be able to resolve the root of the problem so your time at work can be more bearable.

When I realized that I disliked the financial tasks that I was doing in my job but I loved the training and mentoring tasks, I tried to spend as much time as possible doing what I enjoyed. You might be able to find temporary solutions as well to make your work more enjoyable for the time being.

2) Assess Yourself

Know why you’re sticking around in a job you hate. Ask yourself, do you really hate your job or you just need to make some changes and new goals? Will a one-on-one coaching session with a mentor or your manager help you re-engage with your position?

And if leaving is not an option, then ask yourself why exactly you’ve got to tough it out. Is it because of your pay grade or is it a necessary step in your career? Step back and see if you really have the right personality to succeed in the job. If this isn’t the right career for you, then what is?

3) Plan Your Future

If you hate what you’re doing now, the prospect of sticking with it for the next 5-10 years is a daunting and overwhelming scene. So I encourage you to know what you really want in the future instead. Think about where you’re going and what you need to do to succeed in the future.

If you can get a clear vision of where you want to be 1, 2, or even 5 years from now, your temporary job will become much bearable. Having something to look forward to can make a huge difference. When I was plotting my exit route, I had a notebook that I would repeatedly look at reminding me of my goals and future vision.  I would look at my vision a few times a day just to make sure I didn’t forget what I really wanted my future to look like.  And the best part is, my career vision came true and so can yours!

4) Leave Your Misery at Work

Do not bring your on-the-job negativity home with you. This can be very challenging if you have a family. If you have kids, then it is more important to leave your misery behind. Our children don’t need to know that our job equals unhappiness for us. Try to balance your work and life and leave your negative work mindset in the office.

5) Be Better At Your Job

Just because you hate your job doesn’t mean you can’t keep improving! When your job sucks, you might feel that you suck too. Keep in mind that you are not your job. Don’t let yourself be a byproduct of a miserable job. Stop self-pitying and find ways to improve yourself professionally.

You can begin by attending networking events and conferences within your industry to stay up on the latest trends. Develop new skills and expand your resume by taking online courses and participating in your company’s professional development offers. This will make you feel more fulfilled and your boss may notice your new skills and put them to use in a better job. Give your boss a reason to appreciate and promote you and a better career fit might be right around the corner.

6) Bond With Your Colleagues

Take some time to get to know your co-workers even better. Even if your job sucks, at least you will enjoy being with your team. This will help you increase your on-the-job engagement. You will appreciate your position more and the company as a whole if you truly like those you work with.

7) Manage Your Bad Days

Everyone has frustrating moments at work but one small problem or event doesn’t have to ruin your entire day. Take a step back and assess the situation before you jump to conclusions. Maybe take a walk outside or call up a friend during your break that makes you laugh. Give yourself a moment to think about how lucky you are to have a job that pays your bills and to remember your future vision that you are working towards. Remember, work isn’t everything.

8) Know and Enjoy Your Passion

Waking up knowing you are wasting another beautiful day at a job you hate is an awful feeling. You MUST make time in your day for what you are passionate about. Is it art? Is it music? Is it yoga? Know what really makes you happy and schedule it into your calendar! Trust me, this is the only way you are going to stay sane until you find your dream job. When I was on the job hunt while working in a job I hated, I spent every spare minute working on my blog because I loved it so much. Hours would fly by and I wouldn’t even notice because it wasn’t “work” to me. Spend at least an hour each week doing something you love and it will help keep you motivated.

P.S. If you are ready to get out of your dead end job as soon as possible, my 90-Day Love Your Career Formula opens on October 9th. Get on the list to receive some super secret training that will start coming out right away.

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4 Easy Strategies to Find a Job in a Different City

4 Easy Strategies to Find a Job in a Different City

When I was younger, I had dreams of moving to New York City or even moving to Europe to work.  But the one thing that always held me back was not having a job.

I often speak with women who have dreams of moving to another city, but don’t think it is possible because they wouldn’t be able to find a job there. It is true that it is a lot harder to find a job in a city you don’t live in but it can be done!

The one thing you have to be aware of (and you probably already know) is that when an employer sees an address that isn’t near their location on your resume, most likely it will get thrown in the trash. Why is this? Because the employer doesn’t want to pay for your travel expenses and the employer thinks you probably aren’t that serious about moving if you haven’t moved yet. Why would they start down the interview process only to hear at the end that you don’t really want to move.  I can see the employers perspective and you should too. So you just have to make it easy for them and convince them that you really, really want to live there. And you can’t really do this just online. You have to speak to them.

The key really is that you can’t rely on online applications to apply to a job in a different city. I have never seen this be successful unless you lie and put a different address on your resume. I have seen that done and my friend was offered an interview….the next day! She had to hurry and book a flight (with her own money) two times to fly to the city for interviews.  She also had to lie during the interview telling them that she already lived there.  Unfortunately, she didn’t even get the job. I am not sure if it was because they caught her in the lie or because they found someone else but she was out a lot of money and was devastated afterwards.

I don’t recommend relying on your resume so today I want to share with you some ways you can find a job in a different city while still telling the truth about where you live.

Strategy #1: Book a “Networking Vacation”

Go to the new city and do at least 3 informational interviews while you are there. Attend as many networking events as you can. Meet as many people as possible while you are there. Get as many business cards as possible and then reach out to them to do informational interviews over the phone when you return. Walk into the companies and meet people in person while you are there. Have your resume handy and be ready to do informational interviews on the spot.

Note that this isn’t a fun vacation. You are going to have to hustle so no goofing off and having fun with your friends in a new city. You are strictly there for networking only. Meet people in a coffee shop or at the train station. You can even go to a bar and be social. Just talk to as many people as possible and learn more about what they do! Once they get to know you personally and know your desires to move there, things will start happening!

Strategy #2: Target the Location on LinkedIn

Use LinkedIn to see if you know people who live (or previously lived) in the city you want to work at. If you don’t already know people, you can join locally-focused LinkedIn groups and send messages to people in that group. One networking group that is in almost every location of the U.S. is “Network After Work.”

You can also start researching companies in the city to target on LinkedIn and identify key people to contact by using the LinkedIn “Follow Companies” feature.

You don’t have to network with only people in the career field you want. Anyone you can speak with in that location is a positive connection.  They key is to do as many phone informational interviews as possible.

Strategy #3: Start Dialing

Start calling companies you want to work at in the location you want to move to. Ask for the department you want to work in and if you get a receptionist, you can let them know you want to do a short 15 minute informational interview with someone in that department.  This might sound crazy and scary but you never know who you might get connected to and who might need a 15 minute break from what they are working on. You could be the perfect person to help them get that job completed!

Be prepared, you might have an on the spot interview and also don’t get frustrated when you don’t have success with this strategy every single time. You will hear a lot of no’s but that’s what makes the yes’s so much better!

I also recommend targeting larger companies because they do tend to have more experience with relocation.

Strategy #4: Pretend Like You Live There

Read everything you can about the city. Open the newspaper. Subscribe to magazines. Put the photo of the location on your fridge. Envision yourself there. Make a Pinterest board about all of the exciting things you want to do when you live there. Start researching places to live and restaurants to eat at. Start saying “When I move there” instead of “If I move there.” Learn as much as you can about the city to which you wish to relocate. Learn the city’s cost of living, climate and cultural offerings.

Decide right now when you will make the move, write down this goal and tell a friend. Pretend like you live there. Actually start feeling like you live there and you have a job there.  Start making steps toward actually moving. Start thinking about packing up and what moving company you will use.  By doing this, you are telling your brain that this will happen and you will be more aware of opportunities that you may not have noticed before.

As you might have noticed, some of these strategies may require you to get out of your comfort zone.  This is necessary because if you want different results, you have to do something different, right? So what are you waiting for. Pick one of these strategies today and you will be packing your bags in no time!

P.S. My 90-Day Love Your Career Formula opens on October 9th. Get on the list to receive some super secret training videos that will start coming out right away.

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The One Thing That Could Be Ruining Your Career

The One Thing That Could Be Ruining Your Career

Many high-achieving females tend to believe that they are not as intelligent as other people think. Meaning they felt like impostors or someone’s going to find them out! Women are worried about making mistakes. Whereas, men don’t worry because they feel they are entitled to make a mistake every once in awhile. The impostor phenomenon in high achieving women was actually studied by psychologists who found that women have a pattern of dismissing accomplishments and believing that their success would disappear once others discovered the awful secret that they were, in fact, “impostors.”

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I am really glad that I had studied this impostor syndrome over the last few years. I even interviewed one of the experts on it, Dr. Valerie Young. She is the author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It.

The truth is that when I was invited to speak at a Global Leadership Conference last week in Brazil, I didn’t feel like I was important enough or ready to present on an international level. I was having some major impostor syndrome issues that I even spoke to my personal coach about. Well..I nailed it! Last week I presented to 800 people twice and it was AMAZING! The women all wanted photos with me afterwards, I was on Brazilian TV and radio and they treated me like a Queen (I got my hair and makeup done three times!) My confidence was totally boosted and I am now ready for bigger audiences and to take my business to an even bigger level. It was truly an “upleveling” experience just like one of my mentors, Ali Brown, talks about. My mentors, coaches and everyone in Brazil helped me think bigger! I now know what I am truly capable of and I can help more women because of it!

So I suffered from the impostor syndrome but I was able to get over it. And here’s a helpful tip my personal coach told me….you will  always have the impostor syndrome. No matter what, that little voice will always be in the back of your head telling you that you aren’t ready. You just have to learn to ignore it and march on!

So how could this syndrome be affecting your career?

You aren’t going for a job because you don’t think you are qualified for it.

In the book, How Women Lead, The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know, Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM, recounted a time when she was offered a new position. She asked for time to think about it and that night talking with her husband, she declared she needed more time to develop the experience and skills required for the job. He asked if she thought that was what a man would say. The next day, she accepted the position. She learned throughout her career to always take jobs that put you in a zone you don’t know. You have to be comfortable being uncomfortable.

Another woman that faces risks and challenges she may not be ready for is Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo. She says, “I always did something I was a little not ready to do, “That feeling at the end of the day, where you’re like, ‘what have I gotten myself into?’ I realized that sometimes when you have that feeling and you push through it, something really great happens.”

One of Mayer’s mantras for making decisions in life is to a) work with the smartest people she can find, and b) go for a challenge that makes her feel like she’s in over her head.

So is there an opportunity or position that you are afraid to take because you don’t think you are ready for it?  I am telling you today that WHO CARES! GO FOR IT! You will never be 100% ready but that is when you the best opportunities come. Challenge yourself and start taking risks. Be comfortable being uncomfortable and step up!

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Classy Career Girl Speaks in Brazil

Classy Career Girl Speaks in Brazil

Last week I had the extreme honor to keynote at the Global Leadership Forum at Estação Business School in Curitiba, Brazil. I knew this would be a trip of a lifetime so I did my best to document the trip as much as possible on my Facebook page. Here’s a recap!

Such sweet well wishes from you all on Facebook! THANK YOU for the 28 comments and positive thoughts!! It meant the world to me!

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Such a thoughtful gift from our Brazilian hosts – a photographer to capture the memories of our once in a lifetime trip.

Awesome day in Brazil! Awesome group to speak to! Awesome translator! Could not have gone better! So worth all the hours and late nights preparing! #allexclamationpointsarenecessary

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Our beautiful view of Curitiba, Brazil during lunch.

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Multi-tasking in the hotel lobby. #breastfeedingworkinbabymama #brazilbaby

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A quick look at all the amazing women in Brazil that came to learn how to become leaders. This was also the moment I spotted my daughter in the first row and started to tear up on stage. What an honor and moment I will never forget.

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Great day of sightseeing in Curitiba, Brazil thanks to our fabulous driver and tour guide Carol!

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This is Giselle. We don’t speak the same language but I would like to bring her home so she can do my hair and makeup everyday. #brazilianhairdo #handgestures #brazilianbeautyparlor

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Spotted myself on the airport wall. #surreal #womenleaders #internationalkeynote #dontwakethebaby

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Good-bye Brazil! Thank you for reminding me to be more generous and to think bigger. #tripofalifetime

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We made it back from Brazil! The baby slept the whole way back and we had zero flight delays on our four connections. After a day of rest I am ready to get my normal routine back and to start working on some fun new projects for this fall!

Thanks for sharing this journey with me!!

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3 Job Search Strategies If You Have Limited Time

3 Job Search Strategies If You Have Limited Time

We all know that job searching can eat up a lot of time.  First, you have to find a job to apply to. Then, you have to complete those awful applications that make you include so much information that no one even cares about.

I know firsthand that finding a career you love with a very busy schedule can work, you just have to use your time wisely and efficiently.

Here’s 3 job search strategies to use if you are short on time:

#1: Target Your Ideal Career

Take out a piece of paper. Write down the name of 1-3 job titles that you would LOVE to have. Then, write down everyone you know that is already in the job title or industry and contact them for an informational interview.

I usually tell my clients that if you don’t know many people, it means you are underinvested and you need to add more people in those fields to your network in order to have opportunities come to you. There are a few different ways you can find people in the career field you want:

  • Search Twitter, Facebook and Blogs for people with the same interests as you and connect with them. Send them a message or email and see if you can ask them a few questions over the phone.
  • Google the company or industry you want to work for and find someone who works there. Cold call them and see if you can ask them some questions over the phone. (This gets easier the more you do them. The first call is always the hardest!)
  • Join a LinkedIn group in your career field and message someone with your dream job title. Ask them for 15 minutes for an informational interview over the phone.

 

#2: Go Back to School

Contact your college or university career center and obtain a list of alumni contacts in the career field you are interested in. If you are still living where you went to school, drop in and meet with the career advisor. Most advisors are happy to help alumni so don’t feel like you are bothering them. Remember, no one can help you if you never ask.

Try to get a list of alumni and their contact information and go down the list asking for informational interviews. People always want to help people that they have something in common with.

Also, make sure that you have joined your university’s LinkedIn group for alumni. Start contacting people in the group and make sure all alumni events are on your calendar for next month.

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#3: Map Out Your Network

This one’s my favorite tip – I personally use this to remind myself of the people I already have in my network. Take a sheet of paper and in the middle write “YOU ARE HERE.” Then draw three big circles around it. In the smallest circle, list strong ties you have with close friends, colleagues, and family. In the second circle, list weak ties such as former colleagues, previous classmates, professors and friends of friends. In the third circle, list even weaker ties such as industry leaders, distant relatives and friends of friends of friends.

Spend at least 15 minutes mapping out your network and list ANYONE that comes to mind. When you are done, focus on networking with your weak ties first because they are the people who can usually help you the most. Your close family and friends may be less likely to introduce you to others because they know really well who you are right now, not what you dream of becoming someday. Also, your weak ties have new information and contacts for you that your strong ties might not have.

Good stuff, right? Focus on the people in your network who already know and love you and you will get awesome results.

So there you have it! If I’ve convinced you that there are specific strategies that can help you find a career you love a lot faster than what you are doing now, I want to encourage you to check out my “90-Day Love Your Career Formula” program. This is THE program you need to finally start seeing real results from all your job search efforts.

Here’s exactly what my “90-Day Love Your Career Formula” program will give you…

  • The formula to identify your ideal career
  • The details you need to get hired at your dream job or start your dream business
  • The little-known techniques to create your personal brand and social media strategy to attract your ideal career opportunities instantly

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