“Know Thy Self”

        

How do you sell a product without knowing everything about it?   When you buy a new house, you expect the agent to know the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the square footage of each room, if the appliances come with the house, the selling price and the selling price of the other houses in the area that are on the market.  Just as that agent needs to know everything about that house in order to sell it, you should “know thy self” in order to land that dream job.  

Many job seekers underestimate how important it is to know who they really are and what is important to them as it relates to their job search.  The majority of people I coach want to start with preparing their resume however my career coaching programs start with a self assessment.   Starting with self assessment helps you discover your career vision, values, traits, skills, interest and what you really want to do.  We all know that no one is perfect. Recognizing your good qualities along with areas that prevent you from performing to the fullest will help you gain insight into discovering your career fit.

Begin by asking your family and friends about your skills, traits and things they think you do well.  After that, ask yourself questions such as:

  • What are my interests?  What do I really enjoy doing?  What type of activity or environment attracts me?
  • What do I do best? What are three to six of my strongest skills or competencies?  What makes me different from others seeking similar work?
  • What are my values and priorities?  What is important to me?  How does work fit in with other aspects of my life?

I assure you that if you start your job search plan with the process of getting to “know thy self” it will give you direction, make it easier for you to communicate to hiring managers and land that dream job.

TCM has effective career assessment tools that can be administered to help you identify “Thy Self” 

Visit us at www.tcmprosolutions.com, facebook and follow TashaCMills on twitter  to learn more about how TCM can assist you in obtaining your career goals.    

                                                                                  

“Accidental Entrepreneur”

I was very proud to be working for a company that was number two in its industry and known for its highly technical capital equipment and professional service department.   I had the pleasure of getting to know and build relationships with wonderful people while serving their Human Resources needs. 

It is one of the few remaining companies where people spend the majority of their career and work towards retirement.  At year-end, we would distribute years of service awards and I was always amazed at the number of employees who received their Rolex watch for reaching 25 years with the company.

There were as many as four Human Resource staff members at the height of the company’s success.  However, over time, one staff member left after the next and because of cut backs these positions remained empty.   This resulted in more and more responsibilities piled onto my plate.   I was overwhelmed and frustrated on a daily basis.  I prayed for a new opportunity, updated my resume and began having some conversations with headhunters and friends to get the ball rolling on obtaining new employment.

Unfortunately, with the recession and the changing environment of the industry the company began struggling with reduced sales year after year.   With reduced sales and failed cost reduction programs, we began the reduction in force(RIF) process.   Implementing the RIF program is the responsibility of the Human Resource department and I must say that it was one of the most horrible parts of my job.   We conducted two rounds of RIF’s over a year and a half and then, lo and behold, it was my turn to sit on the other side of the table (watch what you pray for).   As many termination meetings as I conducted, when it came to MY meeting I was hurt, shocked and really did not know what to say.   I did not say a word, I packed up my desk, headed out the door and called my sister (who worked in the same building).

I admit, I was down and upset for exactly one week.  After that week was over I shook it off , focused my mind and went to the outplacement service provided with my severance package.   The outplacement company had a great group of experts  to help guide you through your career transition.   I also had the pleasure of connecting and building new relationships with other individuals in their career transition.   As I came to grips with my unemployment and began to explore all of my options I realized that my head and heart was leaning towards owning my own business.    Since I had not put much thought into working for myself prior to being laid off I considered myself an “Accidental Entrepreneur”. 

As the days turned into weeks and the weeks turned to months I felt more and more peace, joy and excitement surrounding being able to put my passion, hard work and experience into my OWN business.  Thoughts of my past work environment of performing at least three positions within the human resource department kept running through my mind as I prepared my business plan.  Looking back, I’m now extremely thankful for every job responsiblity.  If not for those real life, hands-on experiences I would not be in a position or equipped to offer my current level of expertise.

Last week, I read a press release that my past employer filed for bankruptcy.  I assume that some portions of the company will be sold off but no matter what happens, they will no longer be the strong force  they once were.  I am sorry for  the employees as some are still good friends.  These are sure to be very scary and uncertain times.  

Realizing the truth, I no longer call myself an “Accidental Entrepreneur”

I no longer regret any of the hard overwhelming work or feel bad about being laid off.  By the way, this is the second time this has happened in my life.  I worked for Arthur Andersen and was laid off with severance about two months before they ran into their trouble and closed their doors.

I know now, without a doubt that every day and every situation prepared me for this exact time in my life. This was the plan all along (answered prayers).  I thank God that I have gained valuable experience and training at top companies and that he took care to remove me from two failing companies with severance to sustain me while preparing my next adventure.  

Look for additional information about TCM Professional Solutions coming January 15, 2012.

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