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Your Job Search Elevator Pitch

October 15th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

Picture this. You’re at a networking event (as part of your job search strategy) and someone says to you, “what do you do?” Or, you’re in an interview and the first question is, “tell me about yourself.”


How do you respond? If nothing immediately comes to mind, then it’s time for you to prepare a personal “infomercial” or elevator pitch – a concise, informative statement that describes your key competencies and tells the listener what you’re looking for. You can use it when you’re looking for a job externally, or even when you’re looking for a new opportunity internally.


Your infomercial should include a brief summary of:



  • Your profession/level

  • Your capabilities and unique qualities

  • The type of opportunity you’re seeking



If you’ve done the job search inventory work that I talked about in an..... Read More...

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Get Real About Your Career – Start by Taking Inventory

October 15th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

The start of the New Year is typically when we “resolve” to make changes: eat less, exercise more, learn something new, change careers…
If a career change is on your list this year – whether it’s moving to a new career, finding new work in your current field, or creating more work/life balance – an important first step is figuring out where you are today. This is what I call Taking Inventory. Clarifying who you are and what you want will help you define, communicate and achieve your career goals. Here are 8 key areas for your self-assessment.


  1. Skills. What are the skills and competencies that have helped you succeed in your career so far? Which of them are transferable skills that will help you contribute regardless of industry or position? Write them all down.


  2. Values. What are the things you MUST have in a co..... Read More...

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Dollars on My Mind

October 15th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

Let’s continue our walk through The Get Real Guide to Your Career. We’ve been very busy in the last seven blogs taking inventory of who we are today. We’ve looked at skills we want to use, our values, the natural talents that make us who we are, and of course, we’ve even looked at the themes that are the foundation for our accomplishments and have established our career path.

No Running Away!

Now…it’s time to look at the one area people normally run away from screaming – the dreaded financial conversation. I can already hear you all saying “I’ll wait till Karen’s next blog. I’m cool with money; I don’t need to look any closer.” And…I can even hear “has she gone completely nuts? Why do we have to discuss money? I was having so much fun rediscovering who I am.” Yep…I’ve heard it all…and…I doubt there will be much that will..... Read More...

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Triumphs

October 15th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

It’s time to brag a little bit. What are the chances you can do that? Of course, we all know people who brag a tad too much (so annoying)…and then there are those who don’t brag at all (even if they should)…As my Dad used to say to us growing up, “No one likes a show off.” Needless to say, that has wreaked havoc in my life over the years. Yes, another story completely! I will spare you the details!

We’re now at the point in our adventure through The Get Real Guide where we begin thinking about the (Triumphs) we have had in our work life. No matter what age we are, no matter what we do for a living, we have all had accomplishments that we need to be proud of, and be able to articulate clearly and concisely. When we are successful, it is often because we are applying our skills, natural talents and experience to achieve..... Read More...

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Show Stoppers

October 15th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

As I sit here trying to write my blog about Show Stoppers – those things that stop us in our tracks and keep us one step from achieving what we want to achieve – I think…what is stopping me from writing this blog? Oh…that’s right…I have to be creative, provide substance and most of all give the reader a reason to read. Just a little bit of pressure, wouldn’t you say? At this moment, my preference would be to stop thinking and do almost anything else instead of sitting at my computer. Maybe I’ll go do laundry. Now, that is a sad state of affairs! With that said, the important element is to “push through” the negative self-talk and write something meaningful. I’ll try my best.

Yes, we all have that little person sitting on our shoulder that says to us “are you crazy, you can’t do that” or “you do not have the guts to pull that one off” or “you’v..... Read More...

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The Good The Bad and the Ugly

October 15th, 2012

By: Karen Colligan

Where have we all heard this term before? Hmmm…is it a movie… …is it a book title…oh no…is it your life? When I created The Get Real Guide to Your Career, I really wanted to appeal to people who needed some levity as they looked at their life and their career. I wanted to inspire people to want to do the work, and to open The Get Real Guide and go on a “career journey” with me. I know..I know…it’s tough sometimes. With that said, time is going to be passing anyway, so you might as well take the time to set up your life to do what you want to do, and be as planful as possible. Heck, next year at this time wouldn’t you rather have done some work and set yourself up for success, than be complaining and cranky and blaming the world for your not being what you wanted to be when you grew up? Nope, being cranky isn’t a good idea. So, let’s get planning.

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