In-Person Group Coaching Sessions in Tysons Corner, VA Area Now Available!

My Group Coaching Sessions are finally here! Sign Up Here Now! (If link doesn’t work for you, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MRTJ6VH to sign up!)

I am very excited to be able to now offer in-person, monthly Group Coaching Sessions through JSM Career Coaching! Please sign up (with name, email, and phone) for your topic of choice, through the link above.

All coaching sessions will be offered in the Tysons Corner, VA and meet once a month on Fridays at lunchtime. Cost just $25 a month with prepaid 3 and 6-month packages! ($35 monthly automatic payment also available.) Minimum of 4 participants required. SIGN UP NOW – SPACE IS LIMITED TO 10 MAXIMUM!

1. Goal Setting Accountability Group – Open to all, this coaching group will be focused on individualized, specific goal setting, and then supporting/celebrating each other as we work toward accomplishing our goals!

2. Personal Development Accountability Group – Open to all, this coaching group will share and support each other as we each focus on development of our personal goals and career journey. Topics will vary and will be based on group need and interest.

3. Professional Women Career Coaching Group – Creating a safe place for professional women to build and grow their careers.

4. Time Management and Work/Life Balance Accountability Group – Open to all, this coaching group will focus on supporting each other as we try to create better work/life balance through time management and other career coaching focus topics.

5. Professional Women Career Book Club Group – Using a “book club” format, we will read career-related books each month and discuss. Focus will be on sharing, supporting, and applying lessons learned from each book.

6. Create Your Vision Board Event – (This would be a one-time event, most likely in the evening, cost/date/time TBA.) Signing up indicates interest, but no commitment until date/time announced!

Email me at JulieMendez@jsmcareercoaching.com with any questions, or if you need additional information!

Great Job Search Articles Thursday!

Great Job Search Articles Thursday

Welcome to a new regular blog feature: Great Career and Job Search Articles Thursday. Each week I will share a few items I’ve found and recommend you check out:

 

  1.  How To Complete Online Job Applications Without Revealing Your Salary
  2. How to Get on a Recruiter’s Radar
  3. Technical writing on LinkedIn just got better: Now you can embed code

 

If you see a career or job-search article you enjoy, please let me know! It might join my recommended list next week!

Great Job Search Articles Thursday!

Great Job Search Articles Thursday

Welcome to a new regular blog feature: Great Career and Job Search Articles Thursday. Each week I will share a few items I’ve found and recommend you check out:

 

1. How to Get on a Recruiter’s Radar

2. Council bill would bar employers from seeking salary history

3. Will Your Social Media Posts Keep You From Getting a Security Clearance?

 

If you see a career or job-search article you enjoy, please let me know! It might join my recommended list next week!

Great Job Search Articles Thursday!

Great Job Search Articles Thursday

Welcome to a new regular blog feature: Great Career and Job Search Articles Thursday. Each week I will share a few items I’ve found and recommend you check out:

 1. DC May Become the Second Place to Ban Employers from Asking About Salary History

2.  Applying Disruption Theory to FutureProof Your Career

3. Manpower Employment Outlooks Survey: Jobs Outlook by State

 

If you see a career or job-search article you enjoy, please let me know! It might join my recommended list next week!

Great Job Search Articles Thursday!- Entrepreneur Edition!

Great Job Search Articles Thursday

Welcome to a new regular blog feature: Great Career and Job Search Articles Thursday. Each week I will share a few items I’ve found and recommend you check out. This week is all for solo-entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be!

1. Referrals Take the Burden Off You

2.  Deciding How to Grow: Investing in “The Next Most Important Thing”

3.  11 Grants for Women-Owned Businesses You Need to Know About

If you see a career or job-search article you enjoy, please let me know! It might join my recommended list next week!

Recap: Turning Your Passion Into a Successful, Sustainable Business (with Balance)!

This was quite fun, I got to speak at the local Women’s Business Forum on “Turning Your Passion Into a Successful, Sustainable Business (with Balance)!”

Here is a synopsis of the program:

 

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How Vital Are You?

This is a great exercise, and another way to look at at that interview question, “So, why should I hire you?”

How “VITAL” are you to an organization?

V – What makes you valuable?

I – What makes you difficult to imitate?

T – Are you transparent? i.e. do people know how you think and make decisions?

A – Adaptable – how do you stay ahead of the curve and adapt to new technologies/environments/projects?

L – Leveraged – how are you leveraging your network?

 

Publishing on LinkedIn

Since it has been quite a while since I’ve written about LinkedIn, I thought it might be a great time to share again! Today I want to focus on “Publishing” on LinkedIn.

If you have already mastered LinkedIn and developed your career brand, publishing on LinkedIn is a great way to build and publicly share that brand professionally. Publishing is about building a following and expanding your influence beyond your normal network!

 

Here are a few examples of articles I’ve published on LinkedIn:

Job Search Getting Snowed Under?

It’s Okay to Have a Personality in a Job Search!

The Power of Gratitude

 

Try writing your own!  Here are a few articles with great tips:

Why LinkedIn is the Best Place to Publish

Writing and Sharing on LinkedIn Just Got Easier

Everything You Need to Know About Publishing on LinkedIn

How to Create a Well-Balanced Blog: Nourish Your Audience with Nutrient-Rich Content

And here is an infographic that I love from Top Dog Social Media!

 

Using LinkedIn to Build Your Brand

Once you have a strong and robust profile, and know how to use LinkedIn to generate networking and research, you might want to move to a more high-level use of LinkedIn: Branding.

Your Brand is what you what you are known as and known for. If you were a product that you were selling, how would you describe that product to a potential buyer? (Isn’t that what the job search process really is?)

Your brand is your your total persona: your authentic and unique self in its most inspired (and inspiring) and motivated state; pertinent to the situation at hand. If someone was going to replicate you and sell quantities of you to the mass market, your brand would encapsulate and include all those traits as part of its makeup.

Here are some great questions to help you develop your own branding concept:

  • What problems do you solve?
  • Who do you help?
  • Why should that someone come to you to solve that problem?
  • What do you bring to the table that others don’t? What sets you apart?

It’s what others see as the real you. What it’s like to work with you not only on special occasions, but day after day after day. Its your “corridor reputation” – what people say when they talk about you in the hallways.

  • What are you known for?
  • What value do you bring to the table?
  • If someone were to introduce you, how would they do it? What would they say?

What does this mean in terms of LinkedIn? Having a strong branding message allows you add to your brand that you are well-known as an expert in your field, well-liked among your colleagues and peers, and well-trusted to get the job done and done well. You become their first-stop when expertise is needed, and you become a Subject Matter Expert in your field.

Use Everything!! Not only your LinkedIn profile, but ALL of your activity should coordinate with your brand. Your status updates can even help you. Your LinkedIn presence should be built around providing value to your target audience through a constant stream of rich and insightful content. This will help you build engagement and develop a relationship of trust with your target market.

New Year! New Start to Your Job Search! (repost)

(This is a re-posting of an article originally shared December 2014.)

 

January is here! Are you freaking out?

Chances are, if you took December off from your job search, you just might be. It’s always hard to get the ball rolling if you’ve let it stop. (That’s just Newton’s law of inertia: “An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an external force acts upon it.” Never thought I’d be quoting science principles as a Career Coach!)

So, how do you get the ball rolling again?

1. First of all, FILL UP YOUR CALENDAR! Networking events, informational coffees/lunches with contacts, training programs. Get out of the house and get talking to as many people as possible this month!

2. Discover your PASSION. What is it that you can’t help but speak up about? Particular parts (cause, topic, issue) of your job that get you revved up? GOOD! Find ways to channel that passion and use that energy to propel you forward!

3. PRACTICE and STUDY! Stage Fright (freaking out when you’re in the spotlight) is a very real issue. Preparation and practice are pretty much the only ways to build your confidence so you can defeat it. What does this mean? Practicing your intro and interview role play, doing them over and over until your brain bleeds, then visualizing yourself successfully performing!

These are all areas where a Certified Career Coach can help you this month. Contact me now at JulieMendez@jsmcareercoaching.com to get on my calendar! (PS. Getting help from a trusted mentor and accountability are more ways to “force” that inertia far, far away!)