Over the last few years, I've seen several friends go through a career transition from corporate into another job or to something completely new. For many, it can be an unpleasant experience that creates uncertainty, anxiety and a shift in their sense of self. It's so important to surround yourself with a network that provides support and understanding. But far too often, your network is not enough.
In order to move through this transition period swiftly and effectively, a career coach can provide the customized strategies and accountability that can make all the difference. Recently, I met a career coach at a local networking group for small business owners who works with people in career and job transition. Based in Maplewood, NJ, Tony Calabrese shared some wonderful advice for people who are considering a transition or are currently in that stage.
He says it can be an overwhelming experience for those who have never been in that situation before. There's confusion, self-doubt, and often a declining sense of self-worth. So, he provides a support system style of coaching to help his clients in their journey through career and job transition. I asked him to share the top tips that he gives his clients that truly make a difference. He gave his top 4:
1. Nurture your network.
As they say, a person's network is their net worth. Regardless of whether you're in a secure position or if you're in transition, it's important to be in touch with your colleagues and industry friends. The more you nurture your network, the better that network will work for you when you have a need.
2. Meet other people.
While it's great to know and network within your current organization, it's important for those in transition to expand their network outside and meet other people too. Use every social opportunity to exchange contacts and discuss how you could support each other. The more people you meet and especially those outside your current job, the more likely it is that you'll hear about other opportunities. Having additional channels to receive industry updates and news will help lead to your next position.
3. Elevator Pitch.
As you're nurturing your network and meeting other people, it's important to quickly convey what you do in a concise way. This allows them to understand how they can support you with their network. If an elevator pitch is perfectly crafted, the other person can quickly make the connection between you and their network. In other words, when you have an amazing elevator pitch, you're making it easy for people to help you.
Whether you use a career coach during your transition or you want to navigate it on your own, it's important to have a process set up. A process helps you understand what you need to do and when to do it along with a framework that produces results. The process that Tony uses in his coaching includes Assessment, Research, Targeting, Interviewing and Followup.
So there you have it. The top 4 tips for managing a successful career transition. Thanks to Tony Calabrese for sharing this valuable information. You can visit Tony's website to learn more about his coaching practice.