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Is the Noise on Social Media Derailing Your Transformation?

Not everyone on social media is an expert.

Yes, that’s right.

You can click on almost any social network and see someone giving advice. However, how effective is that advice? Has it worked for them? Anyone else? Are there any results to back up their claims, motivational quotes, or advice in their post or tweet?

For example, you see someone who posts a quote and it might sound like it fits you or your situation. If you took a deeper look at it, would this person have their own successful career? Or have they been fired a bunch of times, which of course an online audience would not know about. In this instance, they are likely the worst individual to be providing you with advice. Also, their LinkedIn profile may show employment, but that doesn’t mean its current information, either.

Leave it to a Professional…

As a Career Coach and someone has helped clients land multiple job offers, dream careers, and salary increases up to $60K, I will tell you it takes a lot more than a post, a motivational quote or speech, or a tweet to get you any of those things. It takes consistency, dedication, a system that works, and a willingness to learn a new way to fix the issue at hand. It also takes an expert who has gotten transformational results for clients, and even themselves. This professional should be well-versed on the topic and how to solve any of the related issues as well. For example, if you’re searching for a new role but not receiving interviews. It’s important to try to understand why in order to put you in the right direction. Think about how a doctor diagnoses his or her patients. That is the approach that I take to solving problems. I will ask a lot of questions and look for the proof in what’s happening so I can get you on the best path possible while still getting results.

Information= Noise

A smart coach once taught me that information does not equal transformation. All of this “expert” information on social media will not equate to a transformation for you. A big shift in your career requires a transformation. This requires the things I mentioned above, such as being dedicated. No one can want your transformation more than you do. Also, if you’re not willing to learn a new way to fix the problem then your will be closed, and you won’t be learning. If that’s the case, you likely won’t be successful, either. However, this is also why you want the guidance and support of a professional.

If you’re in need of a career transformation, then find an expert who has results to back that up. I am here to help you and guide towards those goals and would love to speak with you, too!

Why Information Does Not Equal Transformation

Watch now as I discuss why all of the information posted on social media does not equate to the transformation that you need in your career. **** Learn more **** Here are the 5 inside secrets my female clients use to land multiple job offers and find their career bliss: http://www.onlinemeetingnow.com/register/?id=vbua2wgy97 Need a new resume or LinkedIn upgrade?

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The Powerful Truth About Why We’re Stuck in a Toxic Job

Change won’t come from hearing what we want to hear.

That’s powerful, isn’t it?

If someone tells us something just to please us, make us happy, or keep us safe then we won’t take any action to do what needs to be done, like finding a new job or making a career change.

Imagine you hate your job. You literally cannot envision spending another week there. Maybe even another day. But your best friend/ partner/ spouse tells you it’s not that bad and you’ve been through worse and can survive it.

She/ he just belittled your situation and you’re now not going to do anything to make a change about the thing that has been bothering you the most. Maybe you have been through another event in your life, but why does that mean that you have to suffer? Let alone suffer daily…Suffer almost every minute of the day…dread going to work, and even dread part of your weekends…unable to relax because you know what’s coming next…Your life and your career weren’t meant to be suffered or “dealt with”.

Did you ever think that maybe that person should try to deal with it instead before you giving advice that doesn't work? (It’s okay, I won’t tell, I promise!)

It is oftentimes from the harshest truths that we learn what comes next in our lives.

I have spoken to women who have wanted to try to make it work in a current workplace because they are afraid what would happen if they left…Some have feared what it would like on a resume, who would hire them if they didn’t have enough experience, or if even they were too old.

What if I told you life would be better? It might even be better than what you’re letting yourself imagine. What would your career be like if you removed the limits? Would a $50K raise fit that bill? Once you’ve removed yourself from the nightmare, you can begin think about the dream.

The dream might sound unattainable but it’s not. It requires hard work and dedication- and thinking bigger. It also requires not letting anyone steal it from you just like that friend/ partner/ spouse belittled your situation. It is oftentimes those are that closest to us who are fearful for us and in an attempt to protect us and keep us safe- keep us inside of the bad situation instead. It’s up to us to fight for what we want. Now, if I sat here and told you exactly what you wanted to hear- that the people who are closest to you will always be in your corner- then you would believe them when they said it’s not “that bad” or “you can deal”. I’m here to tell you to listen to your gut and do something about the careers you hate, and life is too short to be miserable everyday- and you are worth more. And if you don’t believe that the dream is attainable, then it won’t be. But if you do believe that’s within your grasp, then it will be.

I’m here to help your dream career more attainable so you can live a happy, fulfilled life. If you’re ready to take action on that, I would love to speak with you. Click the link below to get started!

Why People Who Tell You What You Want To Hear Will Keep You Stuck

Watch now as I discuss how people, including other professionals, who tell you what you want to hear won't get you to the career bliss that you deserve. **** Learn more **** Here are the 5 inside secrets my female clients use to land multiple job offers and find their career bliss: http://www.onlinemeetingnow.com/register/?id=vbua2wgy97 Need a new resume or LinkedIn upgrade?

Watch as I talk about why people who tell you what you want to hear will only keep you stuck.

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The Powerful Truth About Common Job Search Advice on the Internet

As a Career Coach, sometimes I feel like I hear everything when it comes to why people dislike their jobs and are unhappy in their careers. However, sometimes people don’t think about how the job search and career advice that they oftentimes hear, and think is beneficial is actually doing them a disservice and keeping them from achieving their goals. Let’s look at the 8 most common myths that are keeping you from achieving your career goals and fulfilling your career dreams.

The 8 Most Common Myths Keeping You From Your Career Dreams:

  • You’re not getting a phone screen/ interview/ call back because you’re under or overqualified.

You more than likely just fell into the black hole. Who said that there’s something wrong with your candidacy? Unless you have fact to back up the story you’re telling yourself, stop telling it because it’s just not true.

  • You’re not qualified or have enough experience for an increase in salary. Or asking would make you overpaid and no one will pay that much. It also binds you to zero work-life balance.

Negotiation is a two-sided conversation and is supposed to work in the favor of all of the parties involved. This isn’t just about you being paid more, it’s also about an employer benefiting from your expertise. Win-win!

  • You’re too old or inexperienced for a career change.

Most people don’t work in the industry that they started out in and change careers at least once. If you want something new, stop waiting & just do it!

  • Job seekers who change jobs often are frowned upon by employers.

Most employers have been looking at this less and less because they have recognized that there is rarely any logical progression. If they’re not overthinking it, then why are you?

  • Lowering your salary demands will make you a more attractive candidate.

Jobseekers should never lower realistic salary demands because doing so will just make you appear desperate for the job — and will likely result in you not receiving the job offer. And even if you received the offer and accepted it, you would most likely never be happy in your job or with your employer because you would feel you were cheated out of the salary you deserved.

  • Recruiters have your best interests at heart.

Recruiters and headhunters get paid by the companies who hire them to fill those positions. Their loyalty lies with the company who hired them, not with the candidates. Recruiters will not market to jobseekers to companies, they will instead to try to fit jobseekers into well-defined positions with the companies that employ them. They’re selling you what’s available.

  • If you’re having difficulty, you should just take the first offer you receive.

I’m not a big believer of this one. Unless this offer represents absolutely everything you were already searching for, a better one will come along. If you and your family are truly struggling to make ends meet, then this might be a different story and that should be discussed in-depth. The best way to avoid desperate situations is by working with a professional who is well-versed at getting results and will get you the career and the salary that you want, too!

  • My friend (or family member) told me… {insert a specific piece of advice here}

Unless this individual is an expert, stop believing whatever they are telling you. Just because something happened for one person doesn’t mean that it will be true for you or that this is even practical advice. Read: It can keep you searching even longer and make the process even more difficult!

If you’re still falling for any these, you are falling victim to what’s on the internet or what’s been spread around for years. Just because it is information does not mean that it will help you or get you to your dream career. There are only a few things that can help you do that:

  • A Professional
  • A plan that works
  • Taking massive, determined action
  • Commitment
  • Resourcefulness

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This Is What Happens When Mindset Is Part Of Job Seeking

Do you hate looking for a new job because you find interviews to be just so stressful? They can be, sure. But are you actually avoiding finding your dream career because you’re not sure you can ace a series of interviews?

Self-sabotage.

Yup, I said it. It is. By doing so, it is self-sabotaging your own life and your own future.

Of course, an interview can be difficult and maybe won’t go your way, but does that mean you should settle?

A lot of job seekers come to me and harbor the fear that they are not “worth it” or “worthy” of a career change, earning more, putting themselves out there, and talking about their accomplishments.

Lots of them think that they need to go back to school for an advanced degree or stop changing roles because it will make them look like a “job hopper” or worse- like someone who can’t find their fit because they can’t get along with others.

Female job seekers are saying that they feel like an imposter because they don’t believe their own accomplishments, let alone having someone else believe it.

This is why I weave mindset work throughout my career coaching.

I understand how common it is for smart, accomplished, driven women who want to advance in their careers to get trapped in a role because they feel like talking about their accomplishments, asserting themselves, and having to “sell it” can be extremely difficult.

If you’re feeling this way, then know that you’re not alone.

You must have specific methods to clear these roadblocks, including training your mind to “brag” about your work, unblocking your negative self-talk, feelings of irrelevance, and limiting beliefs around success and money.

This is just a bit of what I help my clients do.

My proven mindset work will help you to develop the ability to sell your skills, develop a positive and healthy relationship with yourself, understand how amazing you truly are, and why you deserve your dream career!

If you are ready to take action on clearing your mindset blocks so you too can advance to the next level in your career then, click here to book your strategy session.

Don’t put this off. This is your career- and your future. What’s more important than that?

Book this free call with me so that you can turn any of your mindset block and doubts into confidence and decisive action and get the career that you want – and deserve.

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

Is Your Career Path Meant To Be Nontraditional?

WOW. I just spoke to a woman who has spent the last five years of her career on unpaid work. As a result of this, she is having extreme difficulty getting any traction. Julie* described herself as a writer and a researcher with a PhD but she isn’t sure on her career path. The idea of the traditional path into education wasn't appealing to her. She opened up to me that her own expectations are harming her because they are forcing her to think in terms of what she is “supposed” to be doing instead of what fulfills her.

“I didn’t realize forcing my own expectations on myself would throw me off so much. You don’t ever imagine you will be here.”

All this second guessing has hindered her confidence and created a mindset mess- something that just deters the process and will keep her from attaining her goal.

Finding the Career of Your Dreams

Sure- but does that mean you can’t have the career of your dreams? She confided in me that the lack of clarity she felt around her career path led her to not even fully value her education, her work, her time, or what she could offer an organization. Her concern about this was because she was anxious if this would translate to her not being paid fairly and being trapped in a dead-end career path that would make her miserable. When you feel that way, it leads to additional unhappiness – even when you are home. This impacts the ability to also be a good mom and attentive to others in your life.

No one wants to spend time away from home, away from their families, in a workplace that will make you feel awful about yourself. Let alone spend time at home feeling badly about yourself as well.

The name of the game isn’t just to find any job. It wouldn’t be your dream career otherwise. However, imagine what your life would be like if you didn’t have to deal with this anymore? Imagine how amazing this would feel? Knowing for sure what you wanted wouldn't be an issue and you would feel at peace with that decision. You would have clarity around your career path and how you can grow and thrive and would feel supported in securing a new position.

This Process WORKS!

I have a very specific process that I use that has earned my clients job offers and these offers have earned them raises upwards of $30,000. I’m not writing this to impress anyone, I’m writing this to let you know that this process is life-changing.

If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to clarify your own career path, have a stagnation in your career and wages, or struggle on your own without any results then, this masterclass is for you.

Over the past three years, I have a 100% success rate. This means that almost every single client has walked away with the job and the salary that she’s wanted. So, if you don’t want to risk getting left behind in your industry, becoming stagnant in your career, and never feeling fulfilled then register to watch this free masterclass.

This updated masterclass will walk you through the exact strategies that my clients that have helped my clients clarify their career path, which has led to multiple job offers and generous salary increases of $15k-$30k. Don't hesitate- sign up now!

This Is How A Toxic Work Culture Impacts A Career

Are you trapped in a position where there is a lot of conflict, misalignment, and disagreements? Do you think that it is easier to remain “status quo” rather than start a job search? Are you comfortable there despite all the negativity and toxicities? Maybe you’re thinking that you won’t receive any of your current benefits and perks in a new position?

Your career wasn’t meant to be “status quo” and no one thrives in an environment where there is a lot of negativity. Can your career blossom and bloom where things are dying? It’s time to challenge yourself and your beliefs.

My client, Liz*, was afraid to change positions because she had so many perks at her job. Her boss basically let her make her own hours and work from home when she needed. Sounds nice, right? Sure, until she wanted to advance within the company. Then came the gender-based comments about what kind of leader she would be. She was one of two women within the local division of the company. You’ve probably heard these before as a female…you’re too emotional, you need to be tougher, or maybe a female hasn’t done it before…

OUCH. This isn’t exactly actionable or helpful feedback. So, do you stay in this environment or look for something new? Liz* is looking for a new position, one which will provide her with the capabilities, feedback, and growth potential. She is refusing to give up on what she believes is her purpose.

By giving up on your purpose you are ultimately changing the way your life is meant to be. This will create a deep inner struggle because you will resent what it is you are doing, your employer, and ultimately- not being aligned with all these things.

This will eat away at your confidence and keep you from where you want to be. You will feel stressed to a level where you are bringing it home and it will cause conflicts with your loved ones. This stress can eat at your sleep and your health as well.

This really isn’t fair. You’re not supposed to work not to progress and be stuck in a toxic work culture and then have all this stress added on top of it.

There are simple steps that I have always followed, and they work for my clients as well.

  • Take action, following a proven step-by-step process.
  • Be Confident. And not the fake it till you make it kind- the true, authentic, bold confidence that lives inside of you.
  • Apply actionable feedback.

I KNOW that these steps work. I have helped numerous women up level their careers and their life by attaining the position that they dream of. So, imagine if this was you…?

  • You’d have less stress! This means that you will sleep better and no longer bring all that stress and anxiety home with you to your loved ones.
  • You won’t have a case of the Sundays…every single day.
  • You will thrive in a workplace that you actually enjoy. Now, when everyone you know talks about how much they love their job- you won’t be left out anymore.

These strategies can begin to work within a few weeks and it’s so powerful.

Click here to register to watch my free masterclass and learn more how confidence can impact your career, particularly in a job search- even if you are leaving a toxic work culture. 

Don’t put this off. This is your career- and your future. What’s more important than that?

This will be the best 45 minutes that you have spent on your career. Finally, turn any of your negative emotions into confidence and get the career that you want – and deserve. Click here to register to watch.

What Happens When Social Norms Can’t Run Your Career?

Do you think that your age will keep you from securing the position and salary that you’re dreaming for?

NONSENSE!

It is a societal notion that women must advance before they are 40-50, otherwise their careers are “over”. This simply isn’t true.

 This creates a daily struggle because you start to feel “less than” and like you may not ever achieve your career dreams of attainting management or leadership positions. You start to second guess yourself, your accomplishments, and your career. You wonder what the heck you have been doing every day. Are you wasting your time? Should you have been in another career? Should you be starting over? Getting an advanced degree?

This starts to eat at your confidence and your ability to do your job. You might start to lose sleep and wonder if this is even worth it in the first place.

Career advancement isn’t meant to be this difficult. With a powerful, proven process you can advance to a higher-level position and feel even more confident about yourself, your abilities, and your accomplishments.

The question is: Are you ready?

This process is so seamless and powerful that is has begun to work in just a few weeks and changed the way women approach their careers.

Some of the steps include:

  • Your Communication Skills. Are you communicating like a bold, driven leader?
  • Your Emotional Intelligence. How are you handling stressful situations in the workplace?
  • Your Conviction. Do you believe in yourself and what you want? How far will you go to achieve it?

These steps work and are so powerful that clients have seen results in just a few weeks. When you are powerfully aligned to what you want in your career and your life, it attracts to you like a magnet.

So, what would happen if this was you?

  • You could easily attract a job offer or a promotion
  • Securing a raise won’t be nearly as difficult as it sounds-in fact, you never realized how painless it can be!
  • You might even start to wonder or wish that you had done this sooner!

If you book a call with me today, I will tell you what’s harming your job search and your career. And I’ll also provide you with a step-by-step strategy to meeting your career and salary goals.

Click here to book your session TODAY.

Don’t put this off. This is your career- and your future. What’s more important than that?

Book this free call with me so that you can turn any of your fears and doubts into confidence and decisive action and get the career that you want – and deserve.

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

What Happens When You Fearlessly Pursue Your Passion?

“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like.”

What makes you happy?

That is ultimately what you need more of! Your career isn’t supposed to make you sad, miserable, or feel less-than. It should make you feel happy, empowered, & proud!

Do you feel this happy? If you’re spending more time unhappy and frowning then something is off.

Do you have a case of the Sundays practically every night? Maybe you’ve been trying to leave a role for what feels like forever and you’re not having any luck.

Are your expectations weighing you down? Do you have this vision of what your life & your career are supposed to look like, and nothing less will do? Do you think that having anything else will be a failure?

Or are others’ expectations keeping you from meeting your goals?

It isn’t what life is SUPPOSED to look like, it’s knowing what you want & fearlessly pursuing that until you’re smiling. Ready? I am! Let’s chat 🙂 Click here to schedule your session!

Are You Confused & Frustrated Writing The Perfect Resume?

Have you ever found that you were excited about a job posting that you just saw, and you sit down and try to write your resume and cover letter and have NO idea what to say? You’d really LOVE to have this position but what do you say to make yourself to stand out? You’re really worried about ending up in that dreaded black hole- or worse- ghosted, again. You know deep down that if you hold back then it won’t help you or your career. So, instead you stare at your computer and end up judging yourself. Awful, isn’t it?

The truth is that by doing this you’re not putting your best foot forward. If you don’t know what to say and you write the thoughts that are in your mind, then you’re not going to get an interview, let alone a job offer. And if you’re not getting job offers, then your strategies aren’t effective or giving you the outcome that you need or deserve. It makes you feel like your job search is on life support and crippling the rest of your life.

You should be able to quickly and easily write a resume and a cover letter that will engage a recruiter or hiring manager and win you interviews. Imagine what your life would be like if you knew how to do this…and knew EXACTLY all the steps and strategies to use to get you interviews? And then 30 minutes later (or less!), you’ve typed it up and you KNOW that the work you’ve just done will WIN you an interview and help you get the job that you’ve dreaming about.

I have a very simple process and strategy that can do just that. It’s helped my clients win the dream careers that they’ve wanted and didn’t know how to go after, either. If you’re having trouble getting yourself interviews and sick and tired and fed up with not having the career of your dreams, and settling with the one that you currently have, then click here to book a call with me.

My schedule fills up quickly and the demand for this will be overwhelming, and I won’t be able to accommodate everyone, so book your spot now while they’re available!

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

Best,

Valerie

5 Proven and Effective Strategies to Securing A New Role

Do you think that looking for a job is supposed to take a long time? It is the media’s representation of a job search that portrays it as this tedious, awful, and even painful experience in which people will automatically feel awful about themselves and practically begging for a job. This is because they are sick of searching and interviewing- and ultimately feel like they need to settle.

All of this simply isn’t true whatsoever.

A job search is an excellent time to learn about yourself, stretch yourself, grow, and expand your career and your dreams. You don’t need to settle. It should not be an awful or a painful experience either.

A few years ago, the economy took a nosedive and went into a serious slowdown. However, since then it has made a recovery. Are you waiting for the other shoe to drop?

Don’t. At any time in life something can happen, and you may not feel prepared for it.

One of my clients, Jane* felt the need to change jobs. She wasn’t so sure about the economy at the time, but it didn’t really matter- there were issues in her workplace, and she felt that it was time to make an exit as quickly as possible.

Despite her fears and hesitations, she learned that she was able to secure a new position rather quickly and efficiently. She didn’t endure any of the difficulty that is always portrayed and that she was so worried about. She used the simple strategies that I taught her and seamlessly went from one job to another one.

To learn more about these simple strategies and how they can benefit your career, click here to watch my free training.

I’ve helped numerous women secure new positions and improve their confidence- all while up-leveling their careers!

These strategies can begin to work within a few weeks and they’re so powerful.

When you are confident, you can attract all the things that you’ve been wishing and working for without any results.

So, what would this be like if this was your life….?

You wouldn’t have to worry about a job search the way it’s portrayed in the media or online. Learn something NEW.

Your email will be filling up with responses- for interviews!

You can secure a position with the salary that makes you feel valued, happy to go to work, and love what you do even more! What more can you ask for?

Click here to register for your session TODAY.

Don’t put this off. This is your career- and your future. What’s more important than that?