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career change ideas

Are you tired of your current career direction?

Struggling to create a list of career change ideas?

Follow master career coach, Unre Visagie as he teaches a simple process to identify career change ideas that will fit your unique situation. Career change can be a scary thing, but if you approach your career change using a simple, safe and secure system, it all just falls into place. Check out the video below to start generating some ideas for your next career!

Careerdevelopmentplan.net offers the foolproof Career Maker program. As part of this we offer a process for career change ideas to stimulate you to organize your career change ideas into segmented elements. It works extremely well when you concentrate on a specific area at a time. The idea is to move from ‘I have a job and earn money’ to where you live in a great space with everything you want and money. Only one part of us consists of work. We are also social, spiritual, and physical; we are also friends and parents. We are many things. Only a small part is work. Let’s keep that in the back of our minds.

We would like to show you how these ideas move you from your current situation to the work of your choice, the job of your choice, the company of your choice and the industry of your choice. Many people argue with me that you can’t choose them all at the same time. That’s correct. You start with choosing your work and you have a clear career aim. In order to design your clear career aim it’s a good thing to start with as many change ideas as you can. You first go wider, you explore, and then you use the explored information when you are ready to engage.

There are always three steps in each element: you explore, you prepare and you engage. Look at your past experiences, the work you’ve enjoyed doing, what you have enjoyed at school and what you have enjoyed anywhere. Look at your past and look at what may be, what you think will give you joy. I will discuss all of them at the same time but first make notes on explore. Let’s look at specific transferrable skills. People find it hard to look objectively at all their past activities, the projects they were involved with, and the teams they were involved in. The idea is to focus on specific elements related to transferrable skills. The same with aptitudes, you can see from your past involvements where your aptitudes are. You can also get feedback from the people you were involved with. We will give the specific model to ask feedback.

There are models; some published, some not yet, on the web to assist you will these tasks. When you look back at your past activities your interests become clear. Many have to look at both their past and their desired future at the same time. Know what you believe and what you value. It’s very important to know that there are no right and wrong beliefs and values, there are just beliefs and values. If you choose an area of work, job, company and industry, that align closer with what you believe and what you value, it becomes a lot easier to thrive in that environment. If your values and beliefs differ a little from your chosen environment it becomes tough. So what do you believe? It’s good to ask why you believe it, but much later in the program we’ll get back to why.

Our beliefs and what we value were often not freely chosen, they are a product of past experiences, family, community, work, etc. All of those formed what we believe and what we value and why. We encourage you to go plus plus so you expand. It’s very important to keep your roots and grow your roots and expand from there.

Lastly, one of the most valuable things is who we relate to and the relationships we have formed, who and why. These relationships were often formed out of past activities and not freely chosen. You will see that freely chosen is a very important concept that keeps recurring. What’s more, there’s a process to go about choosing freely what suits you, why you relate to people, what you add to them, how you add to them and how you build relationships.

It’s a very clear process learnt at Hewlett-Packard way back, applied in all our multi-million dollar companies that we were privileged to build. All of this comes from the people in those companies who managed them to maximum productivity. Thereafter we did a lot of pro bono work at universities, schools and communities, under social ventures. We also did a lot of professional coaching at companies and with people, to grow their careers and grow the people; this is how you grow a company.

Relationships are critically important. Very few people realize that the people they relate to relates to many more. And those relate to many more and this never stops, until we are six levels away, fifty to the power six. We assume everyone knows fifty people that we don’t, then fifty to the power six are more of less all of the people on earth. So six levels away you can reach anybody on earth. It is simply a process or a model that explain how to achieve this.

Who and why? If you look at it segmented in this way you will arrive at a very long list of where you are and what your assets are. Just like a company has assets, a person has assets. Going forward, you take this initial process and engage with the people around you. This could be at home, with friends, at work, anywhere where you know people. If you check these things with them you will find that your list grows very quickly. You understand your assets much better. We haven’t met anybody who is not pleasantly surprised when we do this segmented process and they check it with the people around them. They also prepare the message and we are very excited about the power of stories.

Take this prepared message and engage the people you’ve identified, people who do similar work, people who do similar jobs, people in the companies you have targeted and people in the industry you’ve targeted. All of a sudden these relationships explode and you will get more career ideas. Recently, Ken, somebody we are coaching, couldn’t believe how many people he knows and when he was prepared, when he approached them, he got so many career opportunities, and even job offers that could double his $100 000 plus salary. It is an amazing process; nobody goes through this without getting new job offers, university students as well. We even had younger people that got sponsorships once they’ve done this process.

The key thing to remember is to keep your career, your work and your job aligned. If your career area grows, your work area grows, your job area grows, the overlap with the company, the industry and value-add grows. You want to move up the pyramid of production, from where you were a person at entry level, you grow into the teams and you keep on growing. You have to accelerate and arrive at a strategic level.

The process applies whether you have an expert career or whether you are on a management path. The expert path is somebody that grows in expertise and is very valuable to everybody in a company; we have a very specific process to manage that path. The management path differs a little in content. If you arrive here and you are clear with your message, it’s like a beacon that shines for you. You have access to a whole bunch of new opportunities and your store is growing in this process.

If you look at career change ideas, you can change your career, change the work that you do, change the job that you want or move your job in the company, or to another company. Even consider another industry that might excite you more and grow faster. Each one of the segments generates new ideas, your experiences, your transferrable skills, your aptitudes and your interests. It’s simply a process to generate ideas. I would like to add actual ideas to stimulate your thinking. Remember another person’s ideas can never be yours; it’s only yours that are relevant. I hope it helps you to engage in this process to generate career change ideas, to apply them and to engage to create huge opportunity, grow your relationships and grow your asset store. If you have any difficulties with this please ask us below. If you have comments on this, please engage us.

career development plan

The Career Builder System Applied With Careerdevelopmentplan

Career development plan as the project managers for sustainable community capacity development. The Career Builder System is being used to in their projects to enable people to get access to work.

Careerdevelopmentplan.net offers the foolproof Career Builder System, where people move from their perceived career boxes that are all mind-based and self-made. They move easily, safely, smoothly, to having great careers of their choice and growing their list of skills and what they can add to the world. We look at career choice, access and ongoing growth. Career change, career growth and career choice can be a very exciting experience.

The Career Builder System makes it clear and easy. This is the secure and safe way towards your ideal work, career, job, company and even more. The process is also on the web, as you learn it you can take it to people around you basically free. You can determine where they want to join and understand their own direction, their own measurements, and their own solutions. They participate in the program and help the people who deliver make a living.

Careerdevelopmentplan.net offers the model: Towards my ideal job. At any stage of life, from primary school all the way to retirement and beyond. We find that the biggest obstacle is that people perceive career boxes, it’s like a glass plate, where they can see everything that can be, they see others have it and they don’t understand why it is not theirs as well. What careerdevelopmentplan.net’s product Career Maker does, it makes that box disappear by removing fears, the concept of failure and the perceived risks.

We find that people need clarity about their work in their job, their job in the company and their location. Everybody has a store, so do you. Your store needs to be identified, and we find people find it very tough to identify their own store. This is universal: professors, rich business people and the poorest of people. Everybody is created as great people; the difference is just their experiences, expertise, interest, aptitude and relationships, some of us at home get in bigger doses.

The resources you need are all out there. It’s all available, easily accessible, no problem at all if you know how to do it. In the process of moving from where you are to where you want to be, you make your own staircase and you climb it. Making and climbing at the same time could be a very scary thing; therefore we have made the process simple and clear. This process comes from Hewlett Packard where I worked, all the companies I’ve been involved in, that grew to multi-million dollar companies, coaching for many people afterward and much pro bono work at universities, schools, communities. The process is now very clear and simple.

It starts with exploring with the aim of identifying your real needs. Reassess the work you do, your job, the company and the industry you’re in, ensure that it suits you and align with your wishes. You then prepare this information in a very simple way with people around you and people you choose. You get your communication clear so you can engage the right people. In the process of going external to the resources you internalize the competencies, the knowledge, the insights; you grow your store all the time. Your assets grow in every action that we take in this process.

You will end having up your job, industry and company perfectly aligned to your needs, it’s not instant but it’s very simple to do, it may take 18 months to 3 years. You are in charge or your future and your career aims, to align them and to keep them aligned. You will get your career aims so clear, it’s almost like a beacon that you can put out there, that shines for you. This beacon must go out to the people around you; it must preferably go out on the web, where we include web reputation management.

You gain the insights, you gain the knowledge, and you gain absolute confidence because you are a man with a clear plan. A man with a clear plan grows without stopping, he is welcome everywhere, while people usually run away from a man that asks for help. Thus, you’ve moved and escaped from the perceived career box all the way across to an almost limitless world. This world is available and accessible to anybody that follows these steps with us. It doesn’t matter where you start from, if you have fewer assets in the beginning, it just takes a little longer.

We offer a process where you earn while you learn, so you can pay for this yourself all the way through. The process is an organized process where the career owner is in charge. The career builder, the career maker is in charge. There are detailed processes that we must keep ordered, and if these processes are not completed you simply loop back and do it again, while you acknowledge the learning and you help us with new groups. In the end you end up with practical work experience and you are ready to go to the workplace.

This is organized in four levels and four phases. It doesn’t matter how long you take at any one of these, you repeat it until you are successful and you know where you know, you know what you want, you can communicate what you want, and you are a man with a plan. In the process you have moved from the career box all the way through to a great place where careers become simple and straightforward with no perceived problems. If you look at the career box, it has definitely disappeared because it was perceived.

Once you have moved clearly you can see this move means you invest with others, it is an investment, and it is a commitment. People must be committed to their own future to complete this process.

In conclusion, the foolproof Career Maker System was developed and driven by Unre Visagie with many other people. The career box was broken and you move to a great space. With Prof. Japie Kroon we offer a community gap year with an approved program. It is linked to short courses that he developed specifically for this gap year process. You end up with a university level 6 short course certificate.

Explore the opportunity with Secoza.co.za. We offer community upliftment that goes home to people, into their schools and into their leaders. It‘s always supervised by their leaders. Let’s have a look at the process offered by them, by looking at this early stage actual brochure.  They move from exposure to opportunities to earn and learn. They explain investors from scorecards; this is integrated in a very unique way which we have tested with Inala technologies, spending their money very effectively over time. The process took about 4, 5 years.

Other investors could be embassies which we have engaged with in the past, and we have several philanthropic people who are very happy to invest in a clear program. The investors are insured of great returns. Returns on their investment means more business and better employees, they can’t lose. It also means investment in community economic capacity growth which means their business can grow in the long-term. The return for investors is high, clear and now very safe.

The impact is very wide: we train the trainer, and from train the trainer the process keeps rolling at very low cost. There’s even matric bridging courses at under R1500 for the year. The school earns most of the 1500 and the people from Touching Africa and their offices they operate from, engineering offices, where they have resources to make sure this is on track.

With Prof. Japie from North-West who ensures the learning experience stays on track. And with Unre Visagie from business to ensure the business processes stays on track. As a team we were inspired from many years of tackling unnecessary divides and stratification in our communities. We cannot lose. The reasons for failure are articulated with the initial outcomes, and an industry accepted speech test and an ebio learning methodology supervised by Prof. Japie from North-West University.

Phase 2 gets them closer to work ready; they become a worker that acts as an owner. I have learnt these words from David Packard: “An army of owners”. This is from Hewlett-Packard in the late seventies. If you go onto Dave Packard’s site you will find those words; it’s what Hewlett Packard created. Your company will get an army of owners from us. It changes their attitude completely, where they are intrinsically in control of their own future, they realize that the door to success has a handle on the inside only.

Those glass plates just disappear, those perceived boxes are gone. They are in a great space. They master communication skills; they are clear about their industry, career, job and work. They have willingness; they absolutely have the skills to be highly employable. We have a long record with various government programs and companies, where our people stand out and win out as top performers. I really hope you will join us in this process, how can you possibly lose? I don’t see how.

Thank you very much, I hope you have enjoyed the story, and if you are interested in community upliftment programs, talk to Touching Africa. If you are interested in business programs, talk to Unre Visagie. We will work with Touching Arica and we used to work with Prof. Japie Kroon. A very effective process: earn while you learn is included for community gap years in your community at. Contact careerdevelopmentplan.net and we will work with Prof. Japie to deliver the community gap year. I thank you so much; I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoy bringing this to you. This program is a passion for me, I’m really retired, but I work 70 hours a week to help people break their career boxes, move into great spaces and I can’t think of anything else that I will enjoy more.

Midlife Career Change Reasons

The Top Career Change Triggers

In our coaching we have found that people want to make a midlife career change for very specific reasons. We have made a short list of these initial midlife career change triggers. To help you get started with a successful, safe and secure career change, please view the video below. In the video master midlife career change coach, Unre Visagie takes you through an introduction of the top reasons.

In careerdevelopmentplan.net we offer the foolproof Career Maker System, which helps people during their midlife career change. I have been there myself and so have many others around me. It takes you from the perceived box on limitations right through to a successful place where we typically see a 20 – 30% increase and we see big moves towards doing work people enjoy with confidence. We would like to see this for everybody.

I have the privilege of having lived there for almost 25 years now. Let us take a brief look at what drive these career changes. We have created a list and we ask you to please consider each item on the list below and start on the road to your successful midlife career change. Should you not find your reason for your midlife career change on this list, which is possible, please help us to help you and others by posting a comment about it and we would love to address the reason with a specific answer as soon as practical or possible. We hope that your change process could start with understanding and defining these reasons, what we call triggers that drive the need for a midlife career change. Once we have found these triggers, you can identify and design a solution that best fits your unique situation.

We have been successfully coaching people through midlife career changes for the past 30 years. In our multi-million dollar companies we were privileged to build, then through professional coaching, also pro bono work at universities, schools and in communities. The process is now really foolproof. In Career Maker Systems we see it as a bridge for people to move from triggers of discomfort and perceptions or interpretations, like being behind a glass plate. They then identify and take the right actions and they never stop moving again. We have people that we have coached for over 30 years, and it never stops.

The solution will be your identified choice of the best work, job, company and industry, to build your ideal, enjoyable career where you never have to feel that you have to work very hard a day in your life, yet you add great value with great income. That’s the goal. We have found three types, three main categories of changes:

  1. The ones that are so urgent they burn
  2. The ones that are just getting warm: “I want to change.”
  3. The ones we can see that will get warm in the future, we know change will be good.

Let us start with urgent change. This typically comes from companies that downsize and industries that change; the key thing is the job may disappear very soon. “I better make a plan before it gets too urgent.” The other way of thinking is:” I had enough of this job.”, “My job sucks.” That’s what we often think. I often found that it isn’t the job so much that sucks; it is the work that sucks. I had situations of people coming to me at work, in my companies, that say: “My husband says that if I don’t change this job soon, he is going to kick me out of here.” We went through the detail, they go back home, they tell a different story, the next day they come back and say: “The husband says I will be a fool if I leave this job.” It is merely a change in thinking.

It is often the work or the way we look at the work that sucks, but something sucks, it has to be changed. Let us look at one of the most urgent needs in our 40’s: I really must earn more money right now. It typically comes from the fact that many issues drive that change. However, what we found more often than not, people are responsible for a whole bunch of upcoming people, they are responsible for people seeing their life out, and even somewhat responsible for people in their current generation who’s not doing so well. The responsibilities at 40 and after 40 could be quite daunting. If you simply want to change because you’re not paid enough, it is often a very simple communication problem, and I like that one because it’s the quickest to address.

Another reason: people frustrate me. This can be for many reasons. Often we find that looking at things a bit differently solves this problem, but often it has gone so far that changing company, or at least changing the vision in a company is practical.

People stay in the same circumstances; mostly they just realize they are not happy, the travel bugs them, the workplace bugs them, the industry bugs them, and there are so many possibilities. They just feel they carry a very heavy weight. To get rid of this weight can be done in a number of ways. A change of company may be necessary, but often it is just a change in perception and looking at things differently.

Let us look at people who are really happy in their job, career and industry, they just need more challenges. This is also a very straightforward process, typically achieved in a few months, that usually leads to a 20 – 30% salary increase within 18 months. Making the change and communicating properly with a proper plan.

There is also the natural change; it’s just a restless feeling, I can do better, I can do more. The other one is that the job has become too easy, it’s repetitive, and repetitive is never good for us. We always say repetitive is like a groove, there’s an old adage that says the difference between a groove and a grave is just the depth. It’s like you are not alive anymore and you need to change that, you need to get out of the groove. It is simply a process that follows the same steps as the others.

In each of these cases the solution consists normally of three broad steps. We apply each of them for change, growth, issues etc. It’s to one way or another identify the root causes, prepare a lot of information and facts, think of possible alternative solutions, communicate that with the right people, and you have a fantastic solution. We find that when a man arrives with this clear insight and a clear plan, he is never refused.

Six years ago at North-West University in South Africa they couldn’t find practical work in the industry for students. Today 700 students find their own practical work simply because they know where they are going, they know why they want it, they can say why and what about a company, why and what about an industry and they talk to the right people. What makes it so exciting, about a third of them get jobs at companies that didn’t even have a position, but when they meet this enthusiastic, sorted-out person they create a job for him.

In summary, I would like to say that a career change can be an exciting experience. The Career Maker System makes it so clear and so easy. It’s not always quick, but it’s always clear and always easy. We call it a secure and safe way towards your ideal work, job, career, company and industry. I really hope you will make your choice and I hope that you will identify one of the items on the list below or please communicate with us, challenge us to see whether we can answer you. I hope one of the videos on the list below will encourage you to stay in the process, and complete it.

Career Change at 40

Is career change at 40 possible?

Let master career coach, Unre Visagie, guide you through the process of getting started with a career change. If you apply these steps, you will create an effective and peaceful start to your midlife career change.

Watch the video below to get started with your career change at 40…

Career Change at 40

We are looking at the subject of career management and career change at the age of 40. I have gone through that myself and looking back at my life I would never have started all those businesses, I would have managed my career towards wealth, fun and profit, if only I knew how at the time. Let us look at typically what defines the age of 40.

If I remember all the people and myself in our companies it is an age of big responsibilities; where we are busy helping the new generation, being responsible for the current generation and its difficulties and we are helping the old generation on its way out. It is something we want to do. It is also the time I am forced to look at the rest of my life, we have found that it always happens around age 40, plus or minus a few years.

We are mid-career when we are in our forties and we have to look at what we are going to do for the rest of our working life. We are often in a trap where I have become my job title and my job title defines me. Whereas I am actually many things: I am a friend, a parent and so many other things. Work is just one of the things I do; it does not define me.

What I am, what I think, what I feel and what is within me define me and work as a small part of me. What I would’ve liked to see when I look back, I would’ve like to have seen that my work was more aligned, with nice challenges, while having fun, earning more money and building wealth. I would have liked to see that I have grown in myself, in what I do, with whom I do it, where I do it, and that I had more choices about it. Choices really are the spice of life.

Let us look at a quick process to define and start your career change at 40.

  • What I would have liked to do differently for all the people in the companies I built over the past 30 years.
  • What have I done in coaching since then have been very successful.
  • Typically, the people that follow this process grow their salaries by 20 or 30% over 18 months.
  • They look at work differently, they approach challenges differently and always respond in any situation to grow their options and increase their choices.

You always have a very big in internal “store” consisting of:

  • Your natural talents,
  • Your work and personal skills
  • Your work and personal relationships

You have built this big store using external resources and internalized it over time. To increase our the process all we have to do is identify what we enjoy doing, what the current situation is, what we feel and what we perceive. We can turn those into prepared action with the aim to engage, it only takes a little bit of effort. We talk to friends, do a bit of research, think about it a bit and then talk to people around us, remembering it is all externally available. All you have to do is get it and make it internal. The actual process consists of:

  1. Identify
  2. Prepare research
  3. Engage, communicate with the world

Where I personally coach people through the Career Maker process, I regularly work with people who never realized that they had choices. I recently had somebody who has so many choices and never realized that he had all these choices. All the choices threatened him, because he saw them as difficult choices to make. When we turned it around and aligned the choices with what he wanted, the choices quickly reduced to two or three. These we investigated and he engaged. He is on his way to double his salary from $150 000 per year to probably $300 000 per year by just looking at things differently, he went external to trusted advisors, and he internalized the advice they gave him. He is now comfortable that the road forward is clear, he knows what to do next.

Outcomes of the Career Maker process

The outcome is that you are organized, you take action and you ensure your growth. Everybody loves a man with a plan. Everybody loves a man who is positive, clear, committed, who finds joy and things to do and contributes. For whom there is always a solution, but at the same time, he clearly knows what work to say no to.

Change is so fast today that you may have to choose again in five years. When you have applied this process a few times, change becomes a simple and fun matter. If you look at your career, the company you choose, the industry you choose, yes you can choose them all, that is for sure. It is just a process of identify, prepare and engage. Go external, bring it internal, and at 40 you typically have most, if not all, of these skills and access to these resources.

The Career Maker Process in Short

When considering a career change at 40, you do not want to jump ship. You want to progressively change ships. Most people at 40 have big responsibilities. You need to view your career change as a process, rather than a moment’s choice.

You will use your current work base to gently shift careers. You do more and more of the work you want to do, and less of the work you do not like doing. I found in my coaching that many people can make small changes in their current careers which leads to them becoming very happy right where they are! They never had to change careers, just recognize the opportunities they already had in their current jobs differently.

If it turns out that someone really must make a career change at 40, they have no obvious opportunities in their current jobs, I coach them to use their current job platform and reach out to external sources of knowledge and opportunity. They do this while they stay at their current job and steadily build connections to the right people and places.

In both cases we need to align the work you want do with the job you want to do in the company you do it, even if you remain with your current company. There are some very simple, easy processes to delegate what you do not like. Well-executed delegation frees your time so that you can focus on the work you want to do. View delegation from the perspective of “Others must grow, do not steal other people’s work”. While you delegate the work you do not want to do, volunteer for the work you want to do. Also, get further expertise outside of the company, in specific places, investing in yourself, or just participating for the benefit of those you want to learn from; grow the skills that let you move the job progressively to what you really want and what aligns with you.

When you are clear on your career, company, industry, work and job in the company, you are on your way to building a long-term career, remembering a job is just something you do on your career road. If you look at a career aim once you are clear about industry, company and yourself, it is so simple to make your career aim visible. Use online tools like LinkedIn to make your career aims visible. You will find that jobs come to you to fit your career aim. The real change happens when in a few months you announce your career aim, your support structure: your family and friends are with you and you are prepared for a career change.  You have done your thing, you have engaged, and you are ready with the resources, to move in the direction of your career aim.

Remember that career aim is something that keeps on moving, because our environment keeps on changing. However, at any one time, you must have a clear career aim. You are going to adapt it to embrace change, love change; change is so exciting for the prepared. Change is so threatening to people who are not prepared, remember that fear of change at 40 is simply facts that present themselves as if they are real and they are actually perceptions. Therefore, if you overcome fear, that nasty four-letter word, you overcome the risk you perceive and the risks are never real.

If you move progressively, you identify, prepare, and engage, you never take a big risk. It is an incremental process, you move towards your career aim. You should probably aim to align your career every two to three years; that is about the change cycle now. New opportunities arrive as the industries move, some disappear and some industries arrive. Humans always need a challenge, a change, remembering that change is as good as a holiday. I hope we have shown you that at 40 there are typically these things happening in peoples’ minds. They can align with what, who, where. They can do a quick start, moving from their basal store, they can organize, take action and grow, and they can align perfectly towards a long-term career aim.

More career change at 40 resources:

Delegation resources:

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Career Change Cover Letter

Craft your career change cover letter

A carefully crafted cover letter gets your resume noticed. A carefully crafted resume gets you the interview. Having your story straight, with examples, in the interview lands you the job.

It does not matter how old you are or if you little industry related skills. It is more about what work experience you bring with you. Scroll down to watch a video of Master Career Coach, Unre Visagie explain how to craft your career change cover letter.

The career change cover letter is meant to get you the job you’ve chosen at the company you’ve chosen, in the industry that you’ve chosen. We’ve found that if the cover letter is clear it demonstrates that the man has a plan and he is clear on the why and what about the industry, the company, the job and himself.

If this is clear then invariably people get hired and we even found that with this clarity people get jobs at companies where no jobs existed or was planned, because they see wow, this man is enthusiastic about my industry, my company, his job and himself.  I have to have such a person in my company, I cannot let him pass. I know I don’t have a job right now, but I’m going to make one for him. This happens with about a hundred students a year under Prof. Kroon at the North-West University where we’ve been developing and running this program for seven years.

This happened after we used the process to build our companies. We’ve used it for the last ten years in our pro bono community work where we’ve empowered people to get jobs starting from nothing. Today young people with very bad home conditions and education are fully qualified mining engineers. The process truly works. It also works for several people we coach at a $100000 plus level that gets 30% increases in the jobs they want towards building their career; it’s always aimed at the long-term career.

If you look at a cover letter it’s you choosing the job, the work you want to do, choosing the company you want to do it in or with, and the industry you want to operate in. When you look at a company you must be very comfortable with the company’s clients. You must be comfortable with the way they serve clients and the way they approach clients.

If you then look at your career change cover letter, it must have a maximum of three paragraphs; it cannot be more than three paragraphs. You must state that you have a plan, that you are excited; it must contain facts about the job, the company and the industry. Job, company and industry always stay together. The second thing that your cover letter must show is that you have a clear thread in your past decision making, to actually get you to this point. The cover letter must then state any TRUST. Trust is about four elements: reliability, acceptance, openness and congruence and openness. It must be clear in your cover letter. To get it clear, be ready with factual stories, remembering that we are still a story-telling society.

Career Change Cover Letter

The Power of Storytelling

I think we must add something about the power of good stories. A clear, good story has awesome power.

Here is a link to a video of Peter Guber: Peter Guber on The Power of Storytelling.

So what are the stories you require?

You require stories that show your manageability, stories that show your willingness to be involved, stories that show commitment, commitment to results, stories that show initiative. These are the things they interview for. They will ask you three sets of questions in the interview. They will ask open questions, for which you must have ready answers. They will ask you closed questions, for which you must have facts or one of these short stories.

Here is a link to Peter’s book “Tell to Win”:

Q: You must get ready for the interview in your cover letter?

A: Thank you, very importantly, I would advise that you have this clear because what I found is that this has a huge input in the words of the cover letter. The main reason for doing it at this time is to ensure that you are actually backing up your cover letter. This back-up gives you absolute confidence. The company may have a process of pre-screening: telephoning etc. If they call you and you are not ready, you’ve lost. We’ve worked through thousands of CV’s and interviews in our companies and if there is a lack of clarity it goes to the bin. The people who stated clearly in their cover letter why they wanted to work for our company in our industry they got an interview without exception.

Q: These stories, are they supposed to be long? How would they look in the cover letter? Are they paragraph stories?

A: No, the stories don’t get into your cover letter. The cover letter gives a strong indication that you have the stories. The words in your cover letter reflect your confidence, that’s why you must gain the confidence. That’s why you must get your stories ready. Written is better, but if you are like me writing is not always easy. Keep your stories ready.

If your stories are ready and you can tell me why the job, why the company, why the industry and why you, I’ve hardly ever seen anybody fail to even create a job where none existed. That is the power of a well-constructed cover letter. Getting somebody to craft you a clever letter which is not your words is a very dangerous thing. We can assist you, or many other coaches can assist you to help you find your words. On the website you will find further techniques to help you get your words.

Secondly, what I find people have great difficulty with is that most of us can’t talk about ourselves, we get totally stuck, so I find that you’ve got to have a soundboard, somebody you trust that is able and capable. In recent examples for instance, the best soundboard we found for a guy that’s earning $140000 was one of his clients. Why would a client help him? It’s a simple technique, to go and say thank you to the client, and to say wow, it’s really great what you are doing and I want to ask you a weird question today. What do you think I do differently, what do you think my next career should be.

What does that show to the client that you approach? That you recognize him, he’s a significant person and you really respect and accept him. When you approach people for advice and input, those three things are the most important. Significance, recognition, acceptance and respect are the most powerful approach to humans. Hardly anybody can say no to that. When we get the younger or older people that we coach to get into companies and jobs that didn’t even exist, this is one of the things we prepare them with. To approach with the right approach, only you can help me because you are so great. That comes back to gratefulness. When you approach the person you’ve got to be extremely clear on what you want.

Q: Why would I approach a client and ask them how am I different? How does that relate back to the cover letter?

A: It is for you to understand and communicate your possible contribution, your unique approach, why you are a valuable addition. It’s very hard to find this by yourself. It’s a bit like a brain surgeon doing brain surgery on himself; not a good idea. And very often, constructing your own stuff is like doing brain surgery on yourself.

Q: And specifically in a career change situation? You’ve got to now indicate what your skills are, because you bring a skill set, it’s not like your bringing industry knowledge as such, because you’re making a career change. But you bring who you are to the company.

A: Then you find an advisor in that industry, the one that you want to change to, that is how you engage in the industry. Be clear about the how and what. The how and what process must be applied to every phase. Your cover letter must show why you are excited. How are you going to show it if you don’t engage people in the industry, read the magazines, go to some trade shows? You may even meet your next employer at a trade show.

Q: And the reason you want to spend this amount of time on your cover letter is that your cover letter gets your CV into the interview bundle?

A: Yes, you’ve got to get your CV out of a huge pile into a shortlist, survive the shortlist and then get into an interview.

You have to spend time on this. Otherwise you will appear like everyone else. You are going to keep on begging and pleading, and no-one will understand you. They want to help you, but you don’t allow them to. That is why we say the door to success has a handle on the inside. This process of having clarity on the how and what of each element we call the golden key to success. It’s your golden key. To craft the key, to make the key is effort, but it’s the rest of your life. And today is the first day of the rest of your life. Can you put too much effort into this? I don’t think so.

We find that people with this clarity are very successful in our second process, where once you have done this, we can assist you to get into companies that don’t even advertise for a job. If you want to really join accompany and you are clear on this, there’s a process whereby you hook yourself in. You go with respect, you go with knowledge, you go with enthusiasm you are irresistible, and you have it in you. I haven’t met a person that doesn’t have it in him.

Extra resources:

The elements of trust

The issue resolution model

The power of storytelling (Peter Guber and Tony Robbins)

Language mastery is a critical skill for the Career Maker and earning more

Language matters in

  • Career choice,
  • Career access,
  • Career  change,
  • Career  growth,
  • Midlife career change

There are four components to language mastery for the Career Maker:

  1. Reading and comprehension
  2. Listening and speaking ability including pronunciation
  3. Industry Specific English
  4. Writing and Typing

 

Pronunciation or accent is one area to focus on:

English use just 44 sounds for you to practice. Practicing the 44 sounds will change your pronunciation and thus your ability to communicate more effectively with more people. You will contribute more and thus earn more.

Here is the free web site to learn from and practice in groups:

www.fonetiks.org

Test your progress:

  1. Dictate in Microsoft Windows speech recognition
  2. Find someone with good English and observe while they give you feedback
  3. Work in groups and listen carefully giving feedback.
Join your nearest Toast Masters club to practice and master speech craft with leadership skills in an organized, safe and congenial environment.