areer readiness Coaching

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"In a lifetime, you will work for money on average 421,400 hours. Wouldn't it make sense for you to be intentional with it and encounter a sense of fulfillment?"

Below you can find a list of over 200 to Do's compiled from clients all around the world. My main objective in career Coaching is to explore your talents, find the perfect career & company match, and show you how to continuously grow in a fulfilling way.

 

arriers

B

  • Stop whining and start winning

  • Change my thinking from win-lose to win-win

  • Blow up the blocks standing in my path to success

  • Start taking the path of least resistance instead of working against work

  • Complete a tough project on time

  • Stop fibbing and lying completely within three months

  • Stop complaining within days

  • Say no five times this week

  • Learn how to say no without turning people off

  • Learn how to make requests that are accepted and fulfilled

  • Stop gossiping

  • Eliminate major blocks to creativity

  • Take on greater challenges at work

  • Deal with fears and concerns

  • Overcome my fear of rejection

  • Develop the ability to say no and stick with it

 

areer change

C

  • Consider the reasons why I am changing careers

  • Do I feel a sense of loss of purpose and passion?

  • Is my talent potential not valued?

  • Has my professional growth come to a hault?

  • Do I feel like my workplace isn't trustworhty?

  • Am I not being rewarded for my work?

  • Has my personal brand come to a dormant state?

  • Start a new business and avoid the common learning curve

  • Transition smoothly into a new field

  • Work through a career change

  • Have a cup of coffee with people (family members, friends, or acquaintances) who currently have the position I desire to discuss the good and the bad of that career and position

  • Effectively understand the process for transitioning my career

  • Learn to optimize my relationships to facilitate better options

  • Consider all the implications of my career change, both financially and psychologically

  • Plan a year ahead of the career change point to ensure full satisfaction 

  • List my transferable skills and focus on the ones I enjoy the most to facilitate my career change

  • Shadow a person who exercises my future position

  • Be honest and careful with my boss or board about my decision to change careers

  • Focus on the future while using my past experiences and knowledges

 

areer choice

C

  • Take self-assessments to assist me on making a better decision on choosing my career

  • Do a research over the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook

  • Find a career that works

  • Discover a meaningful and rewarding career

  • Understand my basic interests and how they affect my choices

  • List my transferable skills and focus on the ones I enjoy the most to facilitate my career change

  • Conduct informational interviews to further understand my top career choices

  • Make my career choice and tackle it full-speed

  • Set goals and systems to reduce stress, worry, and unpredictable outcomes

 

J

ob search

  • Start over

  • Define the top qualities I am looking for in a job/career

  • Understand and create a process to find potential jobs

  • Contact my relationships and network to see if there are any opportunities available matching what I am looking for

  • Create accounts with jobs postings websites

  • Get more active by blogging and showing my intellect online to attract potential hires

  • Spend at least 10 hours a week looking for the next opportunity

  • Be prepared for informational interviews to so that I can efficiently impress

  • Be curious and open to job titles, industries, and companies to ensure I am missing no doors beings opened to me

  • Stay groomed and dressed to impress at all times because opportunities come from every direction

 

R

esume

  • Develop a new resume draft

  • List on a separate piece of paper anything that comes to mind regarding my duties and responsibilities of my current/past job

  • Revisit my old resume and add my new content

  • Write my resume and only use pertinent info that will better portray my knowledges, skills, and experience to the targeted job title and company

  • Brush up on my interview skills

  • Write a concise and efficient cover letter

  • Contact my references and refresh them on my skills and accomplishments to better prepare them for calls

  • Make my resume look neat and organized

  • Check for misspelling and punctuation

  • Check for formatting and font

  • Make sure my resume is cohesive

  • Share my resume with my spouse or friend for a second eye perspective and feedback

 

G

oals

  • Endorse my worst weakness as my biggest strength at work

  • Eliminate delay, so I don’t miss opportunities

  • Stop procrastinating and be inventory free

  • Toss out my to-do list (or plan to create one)

  • Design values-based goals instead of whim-based goals

  • Stop taking work so darn seriously

  • React less and respond more

  • Become self-actualized

  • Get focused

  • Increase the momentum in work so that I am carried forward instead of pushing myself

  • Improve my attitude so I’m always positive, naturally

  • Take more chances

  • Develop a reserve of time during my day

  • Strengthen my character so I am really proud of who I am

  • Increase my awareness

  • Design my winning formula

  • Identify three specific goals that light me up for next year

  • Get clear on my values and align my goals with them

  • Create a personal health plan that includes exercise

  • Take more days off

  • Work percent fewer hours without making less

  • Build meditation and yoga into daily schedule

  • Identify things I love to do (most related to work, but not limited to it), and do one each day

  • Establish three things I am passionate about as priorities in my work within six months

  • Reorient personal and professional life completely around values (not wants and needs) within three years

  • Disentangle myself from those organizations that do not add value to my work or personal life within one month

  • Keep my word

  • Be accountable for results

  • Become a better writer

  • Become a proactive person who never waits

  • Improve the relationship I have with my boss

  • Improve the relationship I have with my colleagues

  • Improve the relationship I have with my coworkers

  • Learn how to give advice without turning people off

  • Be able to think abstractly instead of just logically

  • Become a much more endorsing and encouraging person

  • Be sustainably motivated instead of operating in fits and starts

  • Always ask for more than I need, as a habit

  • Always arrive early and never feel rushed

  • Develop a rewarding life outside of work

  • Stop making promises, even if I feel I should

  • Raise my standards

  • Decrease stress level by points in days

  • Obtain a more senior position in my organization in less than six months

  • Clarify my top values and use them as a decision-making compass

  • Set up a one-year program toward taking a dream vacation

  • Define the legacy I wish to leave at work

  • Develop an annual goal-setting system

  • Identify a theme for my work in the coming year and orient my goals around that

  • Let go of shoulds that I’ve created for myself

  • Expand what I see as possible

  • Become internally motivated

  • Plan the next year by the end of the previous November

  • Discover what makes me tick

  • Understand what drives and motivates me

  • Understand why I relate to people the way I do

  • Understand how I learn so that I can learn more easily

  • Increase my energy level

 

P

rofessional  development

  • Expand my network to include the finest professionals in different fields

  • Communicate so well that people respond immediately

  • Increase my ability to process more information without getting overwhelmed

  • Accelerate my personal evolution

  • Start reading books that will help me evolve instead of merely develop

  • Design my path of personal and career development

  • Walk my talk without strutting

  • Identify the unique skills and talents that I know are waiting to be leveraged

  • Expand my vocabulary and terminology used at work so that I can better express myself in any situation

  • Learn five skills to better communicate with my coworkers

  • Join and participate in those networking groups that will assist in business and personal life

  • Become an adult in every sense of the word

  • Turn my intuition into my primary decision-making system

  • Become an effective public speaker

  • Find my area of specialization or professional niche

  • Find a way to delegate my weaknesses so I can focus on my strengths

  • Shift the paradigm in which I exist

  • Listen very, very well

  • Improve my judgment

  • Hire a coach to help me achieve what I want

  • Get a handle on what’s coming, given how fast the world is changing

  • Evolve beyond being productive and become effective

  • Master my craft rather than just being an expert at it

  • Negotiate PD for my own self-improvement

  • Choose and take the self-assessment tools that would be of maximum benefit

  • Learn to make a point in words or less

  • Discover my Enneagram type

  • Discover my Myers-Briggs type

  • Discover my DISC profile

  • Improve my self-esteem and self-worth

 

W

orkplace

  • Delegate more effectively so that I have more time to work on what matters most

  • Become proficient with sending and receiving all forms of e-mail

  • Improve the quality of my office life

  • Become unconditionally constructive in everything I say

  • Design a work style that makes me incredibly happy

  • Stop pushing for work seclusion and start investing in relationships

  • Feel a lot better about my work and myself

  • Reduce the amount of conflict in my work so that I can relax

  • Reduce what I am tolerating at work

  • Clean out the clutter in my closets, drawers, and office

  • Learn how to ask the right questions in any office situation/meeting

  • Discover what is causing dissonance in my work

  • Become cyber and Internet literate

  • Have more patience, especially when I have none

  • Become a toleration-free zone

  • Give others the experience of being heard, instead of just being listened to

  • Identify and eliminate things I tolerate in the next days

  • Create a perfect work

  • Develop a work plan and start working it

  • Change my relationship with risk

  • Stay on track

  • Stop micromanaging people

  • Build a team with my area managers

  • Simplify everything

  • Easily ask for what I want

  • Become a very direct and confident communicator

  • Tell the truth instead of what people want to hear

  • Become a better team leader so employees love their jobs

  • Set clear boundaries and train those around me to treat me with respect

  • Develop a work reputation for what I do well

  • Brainstorm and prioritize the best ideas to use in my work

  • Apologize to someone, even if it is very difficult

  • Stop overpromising and making commitments

  • Become more efficient without becoming a machine

  • Discard items cluttering office and desk within one month

  • Genuinely thank people who help me, daily

  • Clean out or purge all home and work files this month

  • Improve my reputation among my colleagues

  • Clean up where I get my energy from

  • Build a personal support network of people with similar interests

  • Become more respectful of other people’s ways

  • Enjoy responsibility instead of trying to avoid it

  • Clarify my professional commitments

  • Make it clear to people what I require of them

  • Reorganize my office and work environment

  • Automate and delegate almost every aspect of my personal tasks and chores

  • Get more done, but slow the pace at which I’m working

  • Better integrate what I already have

  • Reduce the roles I fill for others

  • Prioritize my time so that I don’t feel rushed and exhausted

  • Come to accept that which I resist

  • Find my voice and speak confidently

  • Distinguish truth from bs in every situation, instantly

  • Become a better manager

  • Become a leader, not just a manager

  • Identify what slows me down

  • Distinguish symptoms from sources when dealing with a situation

  • Sensitize myself so that I feel things when they occur instead of afterward

  • Lighten up

  • Perfect my environment so that it brings out my best

  • Create a vacuum that pulls me forward

  • Affect people profoundly

  • Evolve from rational, logical, and linear thinking to operating well in a state of chaos

  • Be causal instead of reactive

  • Come to enjoy change as opposed to resisting or disliking it

  • Complete a project with less stress

  • Become wise

  • Have something to look forward to each morning at work

  • Walk away from people who do not respect me

  • Have more than enough confidence in virtually every situation

  • Eliminate everything that distracts me during my day

  • Multitask, easily

  • Organize my files perfectly

  • Stay “present” throughout the day

  • Speak without a “charge” to my voice

  • Reduce volunteer activities that are getting in my way of getting work done

  • Learn to collaborate with people instead of debating or arguing

  • Break any past sabotaging patterns that I’ve had

  • Become more open and available to all that is already around me

  • Learn how to “get” someone instead of just listening to or hearing them

  • Learn coaching skills that I can use with my coworkers and customers

  • Understand the basics of running a successful work atmosphere

  • Design a system to complete projects two days before the deadline

  • Increase productivity by percent in six months

  • Determine causes of procrastination and develop new skills

  • Establish a daily “dream work” time

  • Develop a phone call return system to ensure that calls are returned within four hours if they are important

  • Become an “intrapreneur” in my organization by creating a small business idea and selling it to the decision makers

  • Cultivate a circle of five close coworkers

  • Increase productivity in staff members by percent

  • Reduce problem-solving time by percent

  • Develop five personalized ways to say no to others in firmness and love

  • Get ahead of office equipment maintenance, reducing lost time by percent

  • Expand circle of influence by people

  • Learn to quickly identify people and situations that are not best for me

  • Navigate a successful transition for my staff

  • Identify, personalize, and memorize my vision

  • Reduce downtime caused by adjustment to change by percent

  • Reduce time commitments by percent

  • Design a personalized filing system

  • Increase the speed of people’s response to my needs

  • Learn to have an edge with people and events

  • Implement a personal prioritizing system to accomplish important rather than simply urgent things

  • Increase my job satisfaction so that I look forward to going to work

  • Get clear on priorities

  • Deal with and recover from burnout

  • Become better at developing rapport with others

  • Manage time more effectively

  • Determine priorities

  • Deal better with interruptions

  • Become a participator at work, not just an observer

  • Identify a focus that expresses my values and uses my strengths

  • Stop trying to control everything and everyone

  • Develop a morning routine that I totally enjoy

  • When necessary, put people and relationships ahead of results

  • Learn to pace myself

  • Increase my ability to want and desire

  • Start using a time management system

  • Learn to condition change instead of forcing it on others

  • Have a virtual assistant on call to handle stuff I don’t want to do

 

B

alance

  • Strengthen my personal foundation so that the underpinnings of my work are rock solid

  • Make the personal changes I have been unable to make on my own

  • Become more sensitive with people who need that from me

  • Bring balance to work, home, community, and personal time over a three-month period

  • Understand that I can be both a good person and a good boss

  • Catch myself within a minute whenever I step over something in a conversation

  • Understand the statistics about work and workplace and implement a strategy for balancing work

  • Realize that my number one priority is my family and learn how to balance my family in the midst of our busy society

  • Life is beautiful, stressful, and rewarding; I need to have my mindset around it and identify some accountability in order to learn and exercise balancing life

  • Practice mentality and mindset exercises to have a better and effective balance

 

M

oney

  • Find out my worth

  • Negotiate a percent raise next evaluation

  • Start a project on a stipend basis

  • Learn strategies to negotiate more money

  • Grasp and implement reimbursement techniques

  • Be strategic about my social hours with coworkers

  • When I am doing some work at home, make sure I show evidence and share with my boss to incentivise a raise

  • Get side projects and get paid for them using my skills and knowledges 

  • Make the amount of money that I deserve

  • Analyse my skills set and my knowledges to showcase and promote my monetary worth

  • Evaluate my personal expenses and use them to push me to negotiate for more income

  • Create a system to generate residual money

  • Ask for more in my annual bonuses

  • Be my mission to make more money for my company

These "To Dos" were also facilitated by some research over the web and uses much of the content from CoachVille and it is copyrighted to Thomas J. Leonard, 1998.

 

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